The Shops at Crystal City

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Photo: Brenda Davis
Brenda Davis, Director of Retail Marketing

These days, it's a tough market for recent graduates to find a job. Brenda Davis was fortunate because she not only landed a job right after graduating from George Mason University but is proud to say, after 15 years, she is still with the same company.

"Yes, this was my first job out of college," said Davis, who has been promoted since then and is currently the Director of Retail Marketing for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, the real estate firm that owns The Shops at Crystal City. "And I can add that I've certainly seen a few changes in that time."

Changes and continual improvements that have made this popular urban village a prime example of why a variety of convenient transportation options combined with shops, restaurants, offices and residential homes make this ideal for a car free lifestyle.

With her office right near the Marriott Gateway tunnel, which links the hotel to the various shops and Metro station, Davis describes her work environment as "its own little world" surrounded by booming businesses and many healthy activities to choose from.

In addition to its close proximity to Metrorail, Metrobus, and ART bus options, The Shops are very bicycle friendly. They offer bike racks inside the garages--something regular commuters appreciate, especially as the weather changes. And as a Capital Bikeshare partner, The Shops offer riders access to 110 bikes and 14 stations located throughout the Greater Crystal City Area.

Davis also mentioned that Revolution Cycles offers attractive bicycle rental packages for residents, business employees and visitors. They offer flexible bicycle rental options (by the hour, day, 3-day and week). Many co-workers like to take advantage of a lunch-time spin. Speaking of lunchtime activities, in addition to dining out, there is also the opportunity to, "find your inner balance" at the Yoga Studio.

Going back to her "little world" reference, Davis notes, "This [healthy activities] is just so convenient for employees." Maintaing a healthy lifestyle is easier for employees when there are so many easy accessible options.

Photo: Crystal City sign"We have two health clubs, Sport & Health at Crystal Park and Crystal Gateway Sport & Health, and some employers offer a corporate discount."

Reflecting over the past 15 years and cultivating a healthy environment made Davis recall one of the changes that happened in 2004 that has had a positive impact on The Shops. That's when the Marine Corps Marathon course was changed to include Crystal City.

"I had watched [the race] as a spectator in Rosslyn," recalled Davis. "And we thought it was such a positive event with all the runners and wheelers, we wanted to support it." They worked with the race organizers who re-routed the 26.2-mile course so it would include Crystal City.

For out of town runners and their families, Crystal City is an ideal place to stay since they offer convenient transportation to and from the race, an ideal Car-Free Diet option. Crystal City offers a family-friendly festival with live music, restaurant tastings, an art market and plenty of kid-oriented activities.

"I still stand out in front here and cheer for everyone," said Davis.

While that is one running event, come springtime the local Pacers running stores host a series of Friday night 5K races in Crystal City. This past year they boasted more than 1,000 participants per race. It was a win-win partnership with people doing a healthy activity and supporting the local businesses.

Crystal City Shops
Transportation Options

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Driving alone is the primary commute mode for 54% of Arlington Commuters, compared to 83% statewide.

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Bikes counted

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14th Street Bridge
2230
Ballston Connector
358
Bluemont Connector
188
CC Connector
773
Clarendon EB bike lane
252
Crystal SB bike lane
143
Custis Bon Air Park
1241
Custis Rosslyn
1735
Fairfax EB bike lane
173
Joyce St NB
33
Joyce St SB
34
Key Bridge East
1300
Key Bridge West
766
Military NB bike lane
61
Military SB bike lane
97
MVT Airport South
2454
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
88
Roosevelt Bridge
530
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1542
TR Island Bridge
1889
WOD Bon Air Park
901
WOD Bon Air West
1591
WOD Columbia Pike
831
WOD East Falls Church
1290
Wilson WB bike lane
324

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
295
Ballston Connector
416
Bluemont Connector
327
CC Connector
608
Custis Bon Air Park
552
Custis Rosslyn
358
Joyce St NB
48
Joyce St SB
87
Key Bridge East
2078
Key Bridge West
1175
MVT Airport South
292
Roosevelt Bridge
154
TR Island Bridge
1533
WOD Bon Air Park
1797
WOD Bon Air West
699
WOD Columbia Pike
529
WOD East Falls Church
666

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Year to Date
7252158
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