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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Around the Corner

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December 24, 2012
Photo by Francisluong

A group from Pennsylvania’s acclaimed King of Prussia mall took a tour around Tysons Corner to see the transformation from a suburban retail center, to commercial job center, to the proposed full fledged city. Their interesting impressions as outsiders. (KingofPrussiaBlog) —— Fairfax County has long been ignored by Richmond for transportation funding. What projects...
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OpEd: The End of the World? How Convenient

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December 21, 2012
The Sun rises once again over the land of the Maya, but the Maya are gone

That awkward moment when you have to tell all those people who read your book, paid you money to create a bunker, or otherwise financially supported you in anticipation of the end of the world that you are full of it. My question to humanity. Can we please stop trying to create a fatalist...
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Gas Tax Going Up To Pay For More Pet Projects?

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December 19, 2012
Route 28 already provides access to Dulles (another idea debunked)

When Governor Bobby released his proposed 2013 budget most state wonks likely zeroed in on the massive increase for non-general Transportation funding. The budget shows an $800 million increase in spending out of a budget which is wholly controlled by the revenues taken in by the motor fuel excise tax (as well as some...
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Around the Corner

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December 18, 2012
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Around the Corner today; In-fighting between the State of Virginia and MWAA has led to $1.5 million in MWAA costs… over $15,000 in airline tickets. The real question becomes why the double standard? The Governor goes over seas as well. He paraded around the Country in support of Mitt Romney and called it an...
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Urban Organic Growth

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December 17, 2012
An Urban Skyline is similar to a forest ecosystem

In our article Rising Lease Costs More to Blame Than Tax Rates we discussed the problems with the current development atmosphere in DC. When the economy of scale that is necessary in urban redevelopment is artificially restrained it causes lease rates or amenities to pick up the slack. Therefore lease rates of $100 per square foot...
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Tysons West Phase 1 Nearing Completion

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December 14, 2012
Tysons West looking at the future Wal-mart Entrance

Those of you who frequent the west side of Route 7 might have noticed there has been a noticeable change over the past month. Where temporary construction fence screening and cranes used to be, now stands a fully developed, atleast externally, retail project that looks ready to open. It’s been a while since we checked...
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Tysons Tax: A Bitter But Necessary Pill

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December 13, 2012
Fairfax County

Controversy has shrouded the planning process of Tysons once again, this time in protest to the long debated (over two years in fact) tax for infrastructure on all land owners in the district. At its heart opponents believe the tax is just another nuisance being imposed on them, and many say it should be...
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Silver Line and Bus Network Can Be Arranged To Work More Efficiently

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December 12, 2012
Three Route Option

It may shock a few non-Tysons residents, and maybe a few in town, that Tysons has a very solid bus network which can get you to several Metro Stations, the Pentagon, DC, and Arlington already in existence. It seems many are unaware of the Tysons Transit Center located on Jones Branch Drive, although on...
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Around the Corner

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December 11, 2012
An urban arterial road in southern California split directionally by a block of development

It’s been a while since we’ve looked around our area to see what’s going on. Today Around the Corner; Jenifer Joy Madden makes the case on why Tysons as the city from scratch is a great starting point to begin planning infrastructure around the idea of driverless cars. (WaPo) —- Intelsat goes into more...
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Taipei Lessons: Be Adaptive

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December 10, 2012
When upgrades and new systems are needed, the city of Taipei makes it happen

After spending a week in Taipei it was evident that the city was well run, easy to move around, and successfully promoting both corporate partnerships as well as small businesses and retail. It is a city that has been ignored in many discussions of urbanism even though it has long led southeast Asia in...
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Urbanism Lessons From Taipei

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December 4, 2012
Shilin Night Market

If you have been following me from twitter you may have noticed I’m not in Tysons currently. In fact I am on the opposite side of the world in Taipei, Taiwan. The city has really boomed over the past two decades into a technology hub for southeast Asia with a robust economy. Much of...
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