Economic Development Through Suburban Commercial Corridor Revitalization
Sacramento Region Tours U.S. Route 1 in suburban Maryland
Like many of the suburban commercial corridors in the Sacramento region, U.S. 1 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been for much of its life, a car-oriented commercial corridor. Like our first tier suburban corridors, U.S. 1 has also seen economic growth and decline. And like our first tier suburban communities, the communities along U.S. 1 are trying to revitalize and reinvent the corridor to support economic and community development. Our Sacramento region delegation, which included elected officials, jurisdiction staff and non-profit staff, toured the revitalization underway along the U.S. 1 corridor and met with members of the teams leading the suburban corridor’s transformation: local elected officials, small business owners, community development corporations, and policy advocates.
Highlights from the tour: when a bike/pedestrian bridge is the best connection to a transit station (it’s not always the best connection); “missing middle” infill housing along U.S 1.; how a small city is revitalizing by enabling live/work/sell zoning for young entrepreneurs and artists; piece-by-piece retrofitting of pedestrian and bike connections onto suburban corridors when your vision is a walkable main street; how a small city is revitalizing by enabling live/work/sell zoning for young entrepreneurs and artists; how a community development corporation bridges the gap between private business and government to catalyze economic revitalization; and how the University of Maryland has partnered with the city of College Park to rethink the investments and long-term goals for walkable, bikeable, and equitable spaces.