Building Better Burbs

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Provided by Prince William Conservation Alliance

Although we hear that the Rural Crescent benefits eastern Prince William County, there’s not much discussion about exactly how. In this program, learn more about how to make the most of our protected rural area, Monday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. online.

Suburban areas that expect to flourish and successfully compete with their urban counterparts to attract and retain talent need to encourage a better approach to urban design.

Creating walkable mixed-use neighborhoods is key to success in this endeavor.

Prince William County suffers from the reputation as a car-oriented, monolithic suburban community with small-lot single-family homes and townhouses located on curvilinear, cul-de-sac streets. Recent developments and future proposals are beginning to break this monotony. However, waiting for the “market” to solve this dilemma is putting the future of the county’s economic vitality in the hands of a few innovative developers.

The remaining developers and home builders will continue to build 20th-century style neighborhoods. There are hundreds of locations around the county in the Development Area that could be developed or redeveloped as walkable mixed-use neighborhoods, providing the county with the ability to accommodate future growth while positioning itself as a community attractive to millenials and Gen Z.

Join the Prince William Conservation Alliance and Tom Eitler from the Urban Land Institute in a discussion of opportunities for building better burbs.


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