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Monthly Archives: December 2011

All Quiet on the Virginian Front

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December 30, 2011
Dome in Bangkok, a rooftop bar providing endless views of the young heart of Thailand.

Before anyone can discuss the nightlife in northern Virginia, or the lack there of, you have to understand the cultural and legal constraints imposed by the state onto the region. For a brief, though sarcastic, synopsis on the hypocracy in question one should review http://www.readthehook.com/101125/abcf-whats-wrong-state-alcohol-laws. Done with the read? Good. So what does this mean...
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An Introduction to Smart Growth

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December 29, 2011
Suburban sprawl is typical in every major region of the country. Miles of non-contiguous subdivision roadways and lack of non-residential destinations detours non-vehicular travel.

The term Smart Growth has been thrown around recklessly in 2011 in the same way that “Green Technology” was in 2009 and 2010, but most people may not understand what the term really means. To some smart growth is a radical change to a European standard of development which impedes the basic constitutional rights...
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Weekend Crossword: Week 1

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December 24, 2011

Enjoy the first installment of the weekly weekend crossword. Let us know your thoughts.   Here
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Urban Design Part 3: Culture and Space

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December 23, 2011
Shima Kitchen, Ryo Abe. Photo from archdaily.com

A city is defined by more than the sum of its functions. New York City’s skyline would feel hollow without regions like Soho, or Paris without Mont Marte, or L.A. without Hollywood (yes in this analogy Hollywood is not hollow). A city is an amalgam of business, government, services and, of great importance, cultural...
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Prospect of Metro Brings New Business to Tysons

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December 22, 2011
The new Microsoft store brought a new energy to Tysons Corner mall prior to the typical Christmas rush. Photo courtesy of Microsoft, Inc.

In October Virginia Heritage Bank, a successful local bank in the Northern Virginia area decided to relocate from their Fairfax office to Tysons Corner citing “The new transportation infrastructure” as a key factor to “where our headquarters should be”. The bank which also doubled their office space in the move expects to continue to...
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Urban Design Part 2: Developer Investment

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December 22, 2011
Highline Park, a reclaimed and repurposed walkway through New York City. Picture from PeterGreenberg.com.

The NOVAForward forum held December 13th at Capital One Headquarters in Tysons Corner demonstrated the willingness of developers to form designs that will grow Tysons Corner into the urban heart of the region over the next several decades. While these developers show all signs of amicable and symbiotic goals with Fairfax County and the...
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Urban Design Part 1: Pedestrian View

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December 21, 2011
Post Office Square in Boston provides a well executed urban incorporated design for common space while maintaining appropriate density and massing

The much awaited draft of the Tysons Corner Urban Design Guidelines has been posted  (Find it here!). The committee, constituted of architects, planners, and landscape architects should be applauded for their efforts in providing specific direction to developers on the implementation of previously conceptualized urban designs. The committee has also incorporated a week long...
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NOVAForward Forum Discusses A Near Future Tysons

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December 13, 2011
NOVAForward Forum Discusses A Near Future Tysons

The NOVAForward Real Estate Forum hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce was held Tuesday morning involving presentations by current developers and questions from interested parties. The Forum comes at a time in which many of the major developments involved in the early process of the new comprehensive plan have begun final development...
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Implications of the Silver Line Phase II

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December 12, 2011
Phase I of the silver line construction through Tysons Corner has passed the halfway mark as final Plans for Phase II are likely to begin forming

With the approved funding of the Silver line Phase II nearly finalized and agreed upon by all of the coordinating jurisdictions the Dulles Corridor will likely accelerate the recession-proof growth it has experienced in the last 5 years. The regions surrounding each metro station will likely see variable levels of success, dependent on the...
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1775 Tysons, The Pros and Cons

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December 10, 2011
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In 2003, when the Tysons II Rezoning was approved by the Fairfax County Planning and Zoning Department, it was heralded as a large step to improving the economic strength of Tysons Corner. At that time it was one of a select few projects touting mixed used development including new residential towers, ambitiously proposed to...
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Lost Dog Café: A Hidden Happy Hour Destination

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December 8, 2011

It’s 5 oclock and you step into your car prepared for the traffic nightmare that usually entails a 20 minute stop light observing venture prior to exiting to an equally slow moving metropolitan highway system wondering if there was a better way to spend the remainder of the afternoon.
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