Design rendering of Walmart now under construction in Washington’s Fort Totten neighborhood. Graphic courtesy of JBG Companies.

Walmart Stores Go Small and Urban

chain retailers are paying attention and beginning to build urban format stores. On December 4, 2013 Walmart opened its first two stores in Washington, DC and the new stores illustrate the lengths to which brick…

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Stopping Sprawl by Growing Smarter

Maryland can save farmland and forests while simultaneously revitalizing our older suburbs and urban centers.” While it is too soon to predict how Maryland’s “Neighborhood Conservation and Smart Growth Initiative” will fare with state lawmakers,…

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Environmentally Sensitive Development

a representative of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a regional environmental organization devoted to restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay. After the first complaint from a builder about residential road standards he turned to me…

school boy looking at fleet of school buses.

School Sprawl

just a few years over 1,500 students will be attending classes in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland. This surprising decision is just the latest manifestation of Maryland’s three year old Smart Growth Initiative and it illustrates how…

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All Development Is Not Created Equal

Successful communities understand that when they say no to development that is contrary to the long-term health of their community, they will almost always get better development in its place, argues PCJ columnist Edward McMahon….

Illustration of commercial strip development by Paul Hoffman for PlannersWeb

The End of the Strip?

is retail for the last century. The future belongs to town centers, main streets, and mixed-use development. Among the reasons for this transformation: 1. We’re Overbuilt on the Strip From 1960 to 2000 there was…