This is why I love Torti Gallas, the architecture firm behind this project, as well as places like Kenyon Square in Columbia Heights, the Ellington on U Street, the Shirlingon extension, and Bethesda Row. They get it.
looking north on Main Street
looking south on Main Street
looking north on Main, from a different spot
looking east from Good Hope Road
Sure, it took a lot of prodding at multiple community meetings, but what we have here is, for the most part, exactly the kind of design that people really enjoy living in and around. Why is it that so many developers, in their effort to stand out, forget that human-scaled architecture with personality expressed through thoughtful detailing is what the average consumer craves?
You might say: "these designs look dated, everyday, too normal." (and admittedly, some of the buildings could probably still use a little spicing up) I'm all for daring design, and definitely think that it has its place ...but if a certain design style or aesthetic comfortability remains successful over the years, and people continue to invest themselves in it, something's being done right.
images courtesy of the Skyland website