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Navid Roshan-Afshar

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Has Our Vehicle-Centric Society Forgotten Traffic Laws?

April 15, 2014

Last week I was visiting some family in Burke and while driving back to Tysons on Braddock Road I witnessed an extremely dangerous traffic situation. Just after the intersection for Wakefield Chapel Road there is a crosswalk striped mid-block that leads from a perpendicular trail to a bus stop on the side of the...
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Capital One Height Debate Much Ado About Nothing

April 13, 2014

The Connection Newspaper was present at an MCA debate over the approval of Capital One‘s new headquarters tower, which will be the region’s tallest at 470′ (something we noted here about 2 months before all the other media outlets). While the MCA did ultimately approve the new building, it did so only reluctantly after much harangue about the overshadowing nature...
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Photo Pool Friday

April 11, 2014

Above: A photo of the construction occurring around Tysons Corner Center on a foggy night. Photo by Benjamin Burgess Photography. Left: A long exposure photo of Spring Hill Metro station at night. Photo by Stephen Timms on twitter @stimms15 Below: A photo of North Tysons from the Carr Workplaces office space along Tysons Boulevard....
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Around the Corner

April 11, 2014

Lots of things happened this week in our review of Around the Corner; People are talking about how to mitigate the aesthetic issues of the Silver Line‘s largely concrete structure. Hmmmm, if only someone had talked about this a long time ago. The reality is, the Silver Line is not pretty, but then again...
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Meridian Introduces Itself To Tysons With Parklet

April 10, 2014

Last May news broke that Meridian, a real estate investment company based in Bethesda, was purchasing the property that contains parts of the headquarters for both SAIC and Booz Allen. The sale also corresponded with plans for SAIC to split off a component of their business, Leidos, to Reston and thereby reducing their future...
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7900 Westpark Facade Replacement Underway

April 9, 2014

Plans for 7900 Westpark’s facade replacement went from concept to reality this past month as crews began demolishing the existing concrete brutalist shell with a glass curtain wall for its full height. The project won’t include any new buildings, unlike previous iterations, but it will involve a near full gut of the interior space...
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Tysons Silver Line Station Walksheds

April 8, 2014

A walkshed is an important depiction of how far a person can get given a certain walkable distance. Typically walkshed maps are either of a 1/4 mile walk distance or a 1/2 mile walk distance. The significant difference bet-ween a walkshed and an aerial map with a radial distance depiction, like those shown in...
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Inspiration Monday: False Assumptions

April 7, 2014

Proposed Concept Implementation in Tysons Score Thousands of residential units in Boston were originally anticipated to be high end apartments, but what the market is really demanding is more condominium units. This shift in conditions is having some developers scramble. It may also be indicative of a larger systematic issue occurring in development, where...
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Revenue Versus Cost: Is Tysons A Winner?

April 4, 2014

Does the County’s Comprehensive Plan for Tysons mean a net improvement for the Fairfax County budget or subsidization of urban development? That is a question that continues to hang around despite years having passed since the approval of the plan. With significant costs that came along with the Tysons vision, most notably the Silver...
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Capital One Road Grid Under Construction

April 3, 2014

Residents of the Gates of McLean have certainly noticed some construction recently as the once dormant Capital One property has been undergoing major infrastructure upgrades in preparation of their future headquarters redevelopment. The 26 acre property is installing a future road grid that will turn the traditional office park into a full mixed use...
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Row-scrapers One Key To Family Based Urbanism

April 2, 2014

One thing that comes up time and time again when I’ve discussed smart growth with residents in the area is the inability for families to live that lifestyle. There are thousands of people who, in a perfect world, would love to live close to where they work, but find that the square footage to...
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