"However, with so many laws that are inconsistent, it has created a huge burden for businesses to comply," said Ms. Gilbert, who heads the privacy, data and security practice for the international law firm Greenburg Traurig.
"Consider the success of communities like Arts District Hyattsville or National Harbor. They are so popular because the homeowners end up saving time and money and being green to boot," Ms. Gilbert said. "In terms of value, communities that are more easily accessible have higher market value than other communities. They are more sought after, attract more potential buyers and generally end up getting more purchase offers."