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Urbanizing the suburbs: A transit-oriented development for Reston, Virginia


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American urban development during the late 19th and early 20th century allowed for vibrant and successful city centers, while also decentralizing living options to transit-serviced suburbs. After WWII, freeway-based suburban sprawl and urban decay replaced this healthy form of development. Significant urban revitalization during the past two decades has largely failed to address the continuing economic, social and environmental concerns raised by the sprawl-based development outside our cities.

Addressing the need for greater regional planning, Transit-Oriented Development ("TOD") offers a framework for capitalizing on existing infrastructure by augmenting underutilized neighborhoods with regional transit access, spurring urban/suburban renewal, and creating walkable, mixed-use communities. This thesis will: (1) identify TOD best practices; (2) apply these best practices to a TOD proposal for a proposed Metrorail stop in the Reston, Virginia, area; and (3) explore the influence a mixed-use transit station can have as part of a TOD of the chosen site.

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Subject
Architecture;
Urban planning;
Area planning & development
Classification
0729: Architecture
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences
Title
Urbanizing the suburbs: A transit-oriented development for Reston, Virginia
Author
Garland, Seth David
Number of pages
122
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0117
Source
MAI 44/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542616594, 0542616599
Advisor
Lewis, Roger K.
University/institution
University of Maryland, College Park
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.Arch.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1434013
ProQuest document ID
305302436
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305302436
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