From downtown D.C. to Maryland’s I-270 tech corridor, the region’s office vacancy rate is at a 25-year high. In Arlington County alone, a newly built 35-story building — the tallest in the metro region — is struggling to fill space, emblematic of Arlington’s near-20 percent vacancy rate. The glut, spurred by shifts in government hiring among other factors, has forced county planners and developers to rethink how they use and fill these glass-and-steel monoliths. We explore why the office market has shifted so radically in the region, and find out how counties plan to recruit and retain new tenants for aging offices.


  • Michael Foster Principal, MTFA Architecture; Member, Arlington Economic Development Commission
  • Anita Morrison Principal, Partners for Economic Solutions
  • Gerald Gordon President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

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