BeyondDC has a great post up today about the best suburban transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area. The Washington region has some of the best examples of TOD, and places like Arlington and Bethesda have become national examples of how to create walkable, mixed-use districts in the suburbs. BeyondDC thinks that Bethesda deserves the number one spot, with its great mix of uses and walkability. King Street takes the number two spot, and Clarendon is third.
I’d argue that Clarendon deserves the title of the best TOD in the region– not only does it have a great variety of restaurants, offices, retail, and housing, but since it’s in the middle of the Rosslyn-Ballston Metro corridor the whole area is transit-oriented. From Clarendon, you could easily continue walking to Courthouse or Virginia Square, but you can’t walk to any other Metro station from Bethesda, which makes it seem more isolated and car-dependent than Arlington.
What do you think? What’s your favorite suburban Metro stop? Leave your thoughts in the comments.