Making Tysons Corner Work
Making Tysons Corner Work Presentation
On April 17, 2007, the Tysons Land Use Task Force co-sponsored a public presentation by Dr. Robert Cervero on the topic Making Tysons Corner Work. Dr. Cervero is the chair of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and a world-renowned expert on Transit-Oriented Development. A native of Virginia, he has authored six books and hundreds of articles on transit and related topics and is the first ever recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research. Dr. Cervero is also a member of the PB PlaceMaking consultant team that is assisting the Task Force in updating the Comprehensive Plan for Tysons Corner.
During the April 17 presentation, Dr. Cervero emphasized the need to match the physical design "hardware" of Transit-Oriented Developments with policy "software." These policies include land use patterns that achieve an optimal balance of housing and jobs, Transportation Demand Management strategies like smart parking and shuttle circulation systems, and fare strategies that make transit a simple and economical choice for commuters. Dr. Cervero also discussed many examples of successful, and some unsucessful, Transit-Oriented Developments in the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, and Asia. A question and answer period followed the presentation.