A place this pretty, upscale and practical should have a city center, a city center with public landmarks, a city center with an image I could keep in my head. It should be a destination that entices families to hang out.
"By taking care with the relativity very few spots that are inevitable eye-catchers, much character, interest and accent can be given to a whole scene by suggestion..." The Death and Life of Great American Cities - Jane Jacobs
Nope. I guess they leveled all the old places when they upscaled. That's what prosperous communities did in the day.
It is because it's not a town at all? "McLean (is a) ... census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia ...West McLean is the most expensive ZIP code in the Washington metropolitan area." - Wiki
Thanks to Linda who sent this fine "Brief History of McLean."
The Sunoco roof is the most colorful thing on the street. I like it but I'm a little off.
The po-mo Monticello shaped sign above Total Wine needs some neon or something. It's what catches the eye.
Aren't there any churches in "downtown" McLean?
McLean Baptist Church faces away, shows is backside to the town. That steeple would look nice on Chain Bridge.
First Baptist Church of Chesterbrook is over on Kirby, modest yet the noblest building in the neighborhood. There's a rumor it's a teardown. Maybe they'll move it downtown instead.
They could use a few more of these too.