Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington, VA
Realizing Rosslyn: A plan for unlocking the potential of an undistinguished district
Designed and built in the 1960s and 70s, the Rosslyn district of Arlington, Virginia, is a major employment center near the heart of Washington, D.C. Despite excellent transit access, hotels and tourist sites, and large parks along the Potomac riverfront, the Rosslyn experience lags well behind its potential. Offering few restaurants or entertainment offerings, the district is cut off from the riverfront by highways, and is an uninviting place for its many pedestrians to walk. With community support as a foundation, Goody Clancy and an interdisciplinary team are developing a tactical plan for transforming Rosslyn into a vibrant, welcoming neighborhood.
The plan for Rosslyn incorporates public realm initiatives that will convert traffic-dominated streets into beautiful places to walk and gather, including improvements to walking, biking, and transit conditions. The process is rooted in strategies for tapping Rosslyn’s market potential and incorporating new retail, private office space, and housing into the district.