Ever since Washingtonian Center (Rio) opened, it's been a large attraction for area residents and out of town guests. The Rio Cinemas (18) are always crowded as are the restaurants, bars, big box retail and specialty shops. While there's been some turnover in retail and food tenants, for the most part, Rio has been very successful. The lake that accompanies the property has pedal boats and ducks during the summer as well as outdoor concerts and places for outdoor dining. This would have gotten 5 stars but it's so crowded and parking, even with two multi-level decks, can be tough on weekends.
We'll see how Rio stands up to the new mixed use development under construction now called Crown.