Transformation

Crystal City is Transforming

Arlington's largest downtown, with nearly 25 million square feet of mixed-use development, continues to grow and transform. New investments are adding additional residents, enhanced mobility, and new commercial tenants while working to erode psychological barriers that separate the Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods. As this transformation continues, the combined Crystal City/Pentagon City submarket will grow to be the largest downtown in Virginia - a 50 million square foot mixed-use, walkable, and transit-oriented neighborhood.

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is embarking on a multi-dimensional strategic planning process called the Future Cities Project. This effort will guide the continuing transformation of the area into a lively, walkable urban center. The project will consider public space and placemaking efforts, the strategic goals of the organization, potential expansion of the BID, and elevating a new identity for the area.

This effort will focus on Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard – Arlington, recognizing the complementary nature of their economies and the potential for linking them in terms of economic development, planning and marketing. These three areas represent, individually and collectively, major economic centers of Arlington County, the Greater Washington region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Find out more, and read the Strategic Plan Framework at FutureCitiesProject.org.