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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Storms Knock Out Power and Topple Trees

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June 30, 2012
Lights out on Braddock Road through Burke

I think we all thought that last night’s storms were a bit unusual as far as mid summer thunderstorms go. Hurricane speed straight winds toppled trees and branches onto power lines around the region. Share your photos of storm damage with us, and if you have any photos of the storm itself we’d love...
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When Prices Go Up It’s Time To Get Smart

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June 28, 2012
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One of the largest problems with densifying suburban edge cities and urbanization is the inherent sudden unaffordability. This rise of retail/office/residential rates creates corporate atmospheres as these are the only entities capable of paying the “new car smell” fees. Why do prices go up? When you just completed a $350 million dollar construction project...
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Around the Corner

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June 27, 2012
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Sharon Bulova gives the Washington Post an interview about Tysons… maybe if we were called the Tysons Post, she’d consider returning our emails. PS Most DC residents don’t know where Tysons is on a map and think all it is is a mall. (Washington Post) Finally some decisions will be made on what the...
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Lessons From Merrifield For Tysons

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June 26, 2012
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In 2009 Merrifield opened Merrifield Park, its first tangible step towards creating a community from the disorder of the Gallows Road/29 corridor. At less than a quarter acre, it’s hardly a monument of accomplishment, but its very restrained style shows that planners understand the end goal of urbanization. Northern Virginia has become enthralled with...
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Around the Corner

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June 25, 2012
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Washington Post provides some numbers around what residential units are available and are coming to Tysons Corner, as the region is still in full boom (Washington Post) Governor McDonnell visits Tysons Corner… likely not by train, and we bet not via Dulles (Patch) Examiner doesn’t understand why piece meal solutions to Tysons is the...
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Urban Land Size Maps

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June 23, 2012
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A lot of people have questioned how taking a small region of Fairfax and changing the land use policies to be more urban generative can really provide any benefit to our County. What is lost in this mind set is how massive the County of Fairfax really is. It doesn’t seem like it when...
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The Orange Line’s Designed Impact: Ballston vs. Falls Church

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June 22, 2012
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Northern Virginia’s thriving office market was paramount in my decision to enter a competitive, commission-based profession. Fairfax County’s continued support for mixed-use, metro-centric zoning reaffirms this choice. Zoning laws can prevent you from running your tech startup out of your parents’ basement or building an office condo in that vacant lot at the end...
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Around the Corner

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June 22, 2012

Today around Tysons Corner, Tortuga Truck, a regular in Tysons, gets much warranted love (FairfaxTimes) AT&T in the mall is hiring any tech savvy people feeling this recession should check out the details (Press release) McLean Citizens Association talks gibberish at the Tysons Commission meeting, demanding dollars in 2050 money to make it seem like...
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The Next Steps In Seven Corners

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June 20, 2012
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Our previous article received a lot of ire from those who live outside of Annandale and East Falls Church for attempting to complicate the intersection of Seven Corners and to introduce mixed use in an area which is currently experiencing lower levels of affluence than other regions of Fairfax County, considering the idea a...
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Around The Corner

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June 20, 2012
Around The Corner

Sharon Bulova is continuing to try to find ways of reducing the cost of the Silver Line Phase 2 on residents by reiterating the importance of a connection to Dulles Airport for not just Virginia’s economy, but the US economy as well. She says Federal Funds will continue to be strived for to reduce...
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Arbor Row Begins Demolition

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June 19, 2012
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This morning the much awaited Cityline project Arbor Row began demolishing the 2 story bank building that constitutes their southeastern property line. We don’t believe that the project has attained full approval but it is a good sign that they are preparing for construction once they attain it by preparing the site now. The...
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