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Weekend Photo Pool

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August 17, 2013
Silver Line Greensboro Station, photo by Benjamin Burgess Photography

Pop-Up Retail is a 4D Solution to Development Lag

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August 15, 2013
Pop-up retail location coming to Tysons, click to enlarge.

In development, changes to a neighborhood are measured in years, sometimes decades, and often require some patience for market conditions to generate the needed investments. This was the conundrum Fairfax County faced as it watched the construction of the Silver Line metro through Tysons far outpace the level of private construction occurring along the...
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Around the Corner

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August 14, 2013
Tysons West Wal-mart from Leesburg Pike, click to enlarge

Around the corner today; If you haven’t heard, the ground breaking for the Tysons Walmart is today. We’ll see what happens now that it opens. Given the opposition to the project, the 9th gate to hell is about to break open releasing some sort of demonic traffic jam. More likely, any traffic on weekends...
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Scandal is rare in Virginia – maybe that’s part of the problem

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August 13, 2013
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Yesterday, The Daily Progress published an article about the rarity of scandal in Virginia politics. “As far as I know, no governor has had to deal with a scandal similar to this one,” said Geoff Skelley, a political analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “The only governor to ever resign the...
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FCPS: What Do They Offer for the Long Summer Vacation?

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August 12, 2013
Devoran School, Cornwall UK. Photo by author, click to enlarge.

Growing up in the United Kingdom, when I first moved to Fairfax County I could not believe that FCPS students were off school from basically the middle of June until after Labor Day. That seems like a ridiculously long amount of time compared to the UK where the kids only have five to six...
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Impacts of the Freddie Mac Wind Down In Tysons

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August 12, 2013
A pedestrian bridge connecting parcels of Freddie Mac over Jones Branch Drive. Click to enlarge

While much of Tysons Corner is slated to become a new urban center, parts of the area will remain disconnected office parks for the foreseeable future. By planning for future demand and leveraging rising property values, Fairfax County can encourage more investment in the area and provide new public amenities, like improved transit. Last...
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Is Virginia’s economy tanking? Eh, probably not.

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August 11, 2013
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Over at Bacon’s Rebellion, D.J. Rippert asks if the state’s economy is tanking. I believe he was trying to portray the following evidence as cause for concern: If you don’t know by now, predicting how economies move is super hard – and I’m not even going to pretend to know where the Virginia economy...
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Photo Pool By Benjamin Burgess Photography

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August 11, 2013
Tysons Metro Station, Photo by Benjamin Burgess

This weekend photo pool brought to you by Benjamin Burgess Photography If you’d like to submit your own Tysons photos contact us via twitter, email, or post in user news yourself.
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Tysons West Finishes One Chapter and Gets Ready to Start the Next

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August 7, 2013
Tysons West Wal-mart streetscape along Westwood Drive, click to enlarge

If there has been one project in Tysons that has been the focus of intense criticism and hope it has been Tysons West. By being the first site parcel being developed with the Tysons Comprehensive Plan in mind (though technically the completion of their initial phase was a by right project) meant it would...
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Updates from Ascent at Spring Hill Station August

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August 5, 2013
Ascent Tower from Spring Hill Road, click to enlarge

Being the first post-comprehensive plan high rise to be approved and subsequently begin construction put a lot of pressure on Greystar and Georgelas, but so far the plans and reality are coming together quite well at Ascent Tower. When complete the 26-story residential apartments will be a prominent feature on the new Tysons’ skyline,...
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Two Pedestrian Accidents Highlight Systematic Problems in Fairfax

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August 2, 2013
McLean Intersection Chain Bridge and Laughlin Avenue, site of a fatal accident August 1st. Image from google street view

Fairfax County has been saying they want to make the roads in Fairfax safer for all users for a few years now. They have, to be fair, initiated new bike facilities, masterplans, better crosswalk management systems, and in general reduced their prioritization of higher vehicles speeds in populated corridors. However yesterday’s two incidents, spaced...
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