Via this morning’s Washington Post, Tysons Corner, Virginia, is going through those awkward teenage years: not quite a city, but trying to grow out of teeny-bopper suburb status. Tysons Corner planners are running into difficulties making the area around Route 7 more pedestrian friendly.
Just outside the DC beltway, Tysons Corner drivers have gotten used to all that “green time” and don’t want pedestrians stopping up the road for the thirty seconds (it’s a big road) it takes them to walk across.
As the planners are quickly finding out, though:
When it comes to building cities, [Gerrit Knaap, director of the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland] said, “it is better to get things right the first time. It’s much more difficult to retrofit.”