77 H Street in Conversation About Urban Wal-Marts
NEWS | APRIL 2015
Washington, District of Columbia
A recent NPR feature, “The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse” features MV+A’s 77 H project. The discussion points out the distinctions between this project and the typical suburban box store:
“The corner of First and H streets in downtown Washington, D.C., is a reflection of the changing face of the nation’s capital. From here, you can see the Capitol dome, while across the street are a concrete public housing complex and a hip new Peruvian chicken restaurant.
You can also see a new Wal-Mart.
With wide, flat windows and exposed brick, it blends subtly into the surrounding urban architecture. The sleek building defies all stereotypes of the big-box store as most picture it: a monolith of consumerism, an island surrounded by the sprawl of a parking lot, tucked away in the suburbs.”
Learn more about MV+A’s successful mixed-use project at the 77H Street project page.