This past weekend Mama Wordbones took a road trip down to check out the National Harbor mixed use development in Prince Georges County along the Potomac River. It gave us a pretty good feel for what a high density new urban development feels like.
This is a photo taken of Waterfront Street in National Harbor. It shows a mix of office, residential and retail buildings looking down Waterfront Street from the intersection of Mariner Passage. On the right side is an eight story, 184 room aloft Hotel, a seven story condominium building, and a five story, 60,000 square foot office building. Each building has street level retail space that includes retailers like South Moon Under and restaurants such as Ketchup. On the left side of the street is a three story office building and a five story condominium building. These buildings also have ground level retail and restaurants.
I believe this is a pretty good “real life” representation of what General Growth Properties envisions for Columbia Town Center. We definitely liked what we saw.