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Downtown Bethesda is a thriving urban district, brimming with nearly 200 restaurants, three live theatres, movie theaters, 20 plus art galleries, day spas, hotels, more than 100 retail shops (high-end and boutique included). The extension of the Bethesda Row development, located near the corner of Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road, includes many new retail shops and restaurants underneath luxury apartments. According to the Montgomery County Department of Parks & Planning Web site, Bethesda has a downtown workforce that exceeds 43,000.

Downtown Bethesda has a walkscore of 97 out of 100 Points. Walkability in a neighborhood offers wonderful benefits to our health, to the environment, to our finances and to our commuities. Walkable neighborhoods mean that daily errands do not need a car, shorter commutes mean less stress and generally more community involvement, people are healthier in these areas, and the day to day is easier. Also, access to good public transit and access to amenities promotes better well-being and peace of mind.

The state of Maryland designated downtown Bethesda as an Arts & Entertainment District effective in July 2002. The mission is to create and implement projects that contribute to the "artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda. Special tax incentives were put in place that would benefit artists, arts enterprises and developers located with the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District."

Starting in the heart of downtown Bethesda, is the Capital Crescent Trail which follows the old tracks of the B&O Railroad stretching from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. In 2009, Self magazine ranked Bethesda as "the second healthiest place for women in the country", a year after being ranked number one.

The area commonly known as "Downtown Bethesda" is centered at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road and East-West Highway. Other focal points of downtown Bethesda include the Woodmont Triangle, bordered by Old Georgetown Road (Maryland Route 187), Woodmont and Rugby Avenues, and the Bethesda Row, centered at the intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue. Much of the dense construction in that area followed the opening of the Bethesda station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro rapid transit system, also located at this intersection and the centerpiece of the Bethesda Metro Center development. The Medical Center Metro stop lies about 0.7 miles north of the Bethesda stop, Medical Center, which serves the NIH Campus, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Transportation: 

Downtown Bethesda located on the Red Line at the Bethesda Metro Station and the Medical Center Metro Station. Ride On Buses take people from the metro to many points throughout Bethesda. There is also a free Bethesda Circulator Bus that shuttles people throughout the downtown business district.

If you are planning to get out of the Bethesda area, Vamoose Bus and Tripper Bus offer round-trip bus service to New York City.

Grocery: 

Giant Food - 7142 Arlington Road
Safeway - 5000 Bradley Boulevard at Arlington Road
Trader Joe's - 6831 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington Farm Women's Cooperative - 7155 Wisconsin Avenue

Education: 

Public Schools:
Bethesda Elementary School - 7600 Arlington Road
Rosemary Hills Elementary School - 21111 Porter Road
Somerset Elementary School - 5811 Warwick Place
Westland Middle School - 5511 Massachusetts Avenue
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School - 4301 East West Highway

Private Schools in Downtown Bethesda:
Sidwell Friends Lower School - 5100 Edgemoor Lane

Local Web Sites/Blogs: 

Bethesda MagazineBethesda Patch
Bethesda Urban Partnership
The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce

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