Maryland’s Suburbs Turn to Urban Building around Metro Stops

February 24, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker is standing at the Branch Avenue Metro station on a cold, windy morning, surveying the sea of concrete surrounding the suburban station.  It’s mostly parking lots and green space, but Baker sees something else. In the distance, two tightly built residential communities give a hint of his vision. “Everybody’s focusing back on the Washington region and here we are, Prince George’s County, as the only underdeveloped and undeveloped Metro sites,” he said. In Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, planners are trying to overhaul their outdated suburban Metro stations to accommodate the demand for easy transit access and walkable communities from their growing populations.

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