Missed Opportunity at D.C. Retail Development

<p>In a part of D.C. that has been largely ignored as the rest of the city reinvents itself with mixed-use development and pedestrian friendly design, one new single-use retail development stands out as an example of what not to build.</p>
April 10, 2008, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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"For the last decade, residents of D.C.'s largest and most populous ward have had to travel far to buy groceries, usually going outside city lines. The last supermarket in Ward 8 closed in 1998, leaving residents with only convenience stores for neighborhood shopping. A report released last year revealed that Ward 8 offered the city's least nutritious food options."

"That all changed in December, when a massive new Giant supermarket opened in Congress Heights – the first new supermarket to open in Ward 8 in 40 years, and the biggest Giant supermarket in the city. Neighbors were thrilled to welcome it."

"But while no one denies the benefits of having a full-service supermarket in the area, some wish the new Giant, and surrounding retail complex, had been developed differently."

Thanks to David Garber

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Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in Capital Community News
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