Bowie State of Place Analysis

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State of Place will be analyzing a portion of the Plan 2035 Bowie Local Town Center and two Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan focus areas: Old Town Bowie and the MD 450 Corridor, the latter of which includes the Superior Lane Boulevard Concept and Free State Shopping Center/Bowie Marketplace Concept Plan. State of Place is an evidence-based, data-driven, technology-enabled approach that will assist the City of Bowie to: 

  1. Identify and prioritize improvements to the built environment that will improve the quality of life and maximize the economic development potential of the city’s core commercial centers.
  2. Quantify the value of investing in better urban design to streamline the buy-in, approvals, and funding required to deliver proposed projects.

State of Place will collect block-level data on over 125 urban design features using visual machine learning and upload it into the State of Place software, where the city can access the data to objectively diagnose built-environment assets and needs and create and test project scenarios.

State of Place will collect both built environment and economic development data for a broader geographical area outside of the City of Bowie and within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region to create an updated forecast model that quantifies the economic value of urban design. This statistical analysis of the relationship between the built environment and economic indicators will be translated into evidence-based urban design recommendations to boost the economic development value of the Bowie project areas and estimations of increased economic value tied to implementing such improvements. 

This project builds on the 2022 Approved Bowie and Vicinity Master Plan. It is a similar process to the General Plan’s Centers’ evaluation, with block-by-block detail and specific recommendations to improve walkability and sense of place.