Nestled just blocks from Gallery Place and Metro Center, CityCenterDC occupies the luxurious heart of the District. While its beautifully revamped blocks — gleaming with cut glass, artful windows and high-end retail and residences — have been a financial boon for the city since opening in 2014, CityCenterDC’s empty feel has also raised questions about what gives a place soul. Can a sleek, exclusive venue feel uninviting? How do retail, residential and commercial properties mix to make urban lifestyle centers thrive? Kojo explores the art of “placemaking” in real estate and finds out how projects underway in our region are balancing retail, residences and restaurants to create walkable communities with an inviting, unified vibe.


  • Bruce Leonard Managing Principal, Streetsense
  • Jonathan O'Connell Reporter, The Washington Post

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