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If you’ve never heard of an edge city, you’re not alone. Coined by Washington Post editor and author Joel Garreau in his 1991 book Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, the term refers to a type of city that has a high concentration of offices, retail, and residences; was developed in a relatively short time span; and is located near a larger city and highways.
The most famous one (and the one Garreau refers to in his book) is Tysons Corner. Located in Northern Virginia near two major highways (Interstate 495 and Route 267), it’s also just 13 miles from Washington, D.C., close to Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, and an easy drive from major East Coast hubs like Philadelphia and New York.
But a convenient location is just the beginning. The edge city is also home to Tysons Corner Center (the 10th largest mall in the country), and its luxury-focused sister mall Tysons Galleria. There’s lots of dining options, too, ranging from quality casual (Pho Deluxe and Urban Plates) to fine dining like The Palm…