Anthony Greenberg worked as a high-school history teacher before getting into real estate. Today, he is a principal of the JBG Companies and a leader in suburban infill development at transit-oriented sites.
He has worked directly on more than 20 mixed-use development projects near Metro stations across metropolitan Washington, D.C., delivering over 900 apartments and 275,000 square feet (26,000 sq m) of retail space within a half-mile (0.8 km) of transit in a recent 12-month period. “We’re creating new neighborhoods that knit all those separate uses together and bring retail and commercial and residential all into higher-density projects,” he says.
“That’s really what I spend most of my time doing and talking about and writing about and thinking about.”
Greenberg is frequently invited to speak nationally on sustainable neighborhood development and suburban retrofitting. Ever the teacher, these days he educates the public about converting the suburbs’ traditional single-use zoning, with its strict separation of residential, commercial, and industrial properties, to high-density, mixed-use development, which he says holds the key to the sustainability of communities—environmentally, economically, and socially. “We need to create walkable, 18-hour neighborhoods in areas historically dominated by single-use zoning, automobiles, and surface parking,” he says, so these will be neighborhoods where people can work, live, play, and shop.
He has also given his time to the National Building Museum as a trustee and to the American Architectural Foundation as a board member. Both, he says, “focus on educating the public on the importance of design and planning and the ability of architecture and design to transform and improve communities.” He also has participated in ULI’s mentorship program for the past four years.