Prince George’s County has 15 Metro stations but little of the development clustered around the subway stations in Arlington and the District.
New County Executive Rushern Baker campaigned that bringing such projects, called transit-oriented development, to the county was a priority. Prince George's has the space. It has stations. Such clustered projects have prompted huge economic growth for the areas where it has worked. Columbia Heights, Ballston, Clarendon, anyone?
But how to do it? National Harbor, an attempt at it in the county, has all the elements but no transit.
The Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting a forum Thursday night on how to get such development jumpstarted in the county so that residents can walk — or take transit — from their homes to shops and restaurants and jobs without getting into a car.
Shyam Kannan of the Robert Charles Lesser Co.real estate consulting firm will be presenting ideas at the event.
The forum will be at Tribeca at Camp Springs, 4701 Old Soper Road. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by the program running from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
And yes, that’s close to a Metro station. Right, near the Branch Avenue station at the southern end of the Green Line.