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German Embassy Christmas Market Recap

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December 19, 2013
Tysons Corner Center – German Christmas Market – photo ©TimeLine Media

This story originally ran on TimelineDC and has been cross post with the authors permission. Last weekend, the Tysons Corner Center had a German Christmas Market setup right outside a section of their mall for the first in what they hope will be an annual event. This is a unique way to do some...
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Federal Transit Benefit to Be Slashed While Parking Benefit Remains

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December 9, 2013
If you think there is gridlock at the Capitol today; I wonder what it would like if thousands of commuters suddenly shifted to driving and parking instead of taking Metro

In today’s bit of political hypocrisy we present the Federal debate currently occurring (not really, after all Congress really doesn’t do anything anymore) over the continuation of commuter benefits for Federal employees and consultants. In the era of pushing for smaller government the GOP has been adamant that we must cut down on waste...
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WMATA 2015 Budget Shows Preference For Employees Over Riders

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December 5, 2013
WMATA

If some of you follow my twitter feed you might have noticed a bit of a rant this morning on the WMATA budget meeting that occurred where the latest proposed budget for 2015 was shown to the public. Thanks to @AdamTuss we got to see the summary of the numbers. Unfortunately the local media...
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The Cost of Tysons Parking

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December 4, 2013
Want to destroy the urban fabric, parking lot it up. Click to enlarge into a massive field of asphalt

The Washington Post ran an article recently that noted (shockingly) that Tysons new Silver Line metro stations will have no parking! Before residents of Fairfax start gathering the pitchforks and flaming wooden objects to usher us smart growth advocates back to the Northeast from which we came (I’ve actually always lived in Virginia) let...
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Tyson’s Metro Parking

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December 2, 2013

I saw this article on Washington Post and thought it was a good starting point for discussion. What do you think about the lack of METRO commuter parking at the Tyson’s stations? Original WaPo article
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Hanover at Arbor Row Installs Site Utilities

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November 21, 2013
Arbor Row Block E construction

The amount of site work going on at Block E of Arbor Row has been impressive, with a clear rush to finish before the season make earthwork and utility construction more difficult. To date we haven’t seen any sign of vertical construction, and the tower crane is yet to be delivered to the site....
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Tysons Transportation Service District Advisory Board

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November 20, 2013
North Tysons as seen from Tysons Tower, in line with construction at Hanover. Click to enlarge

The Tysons Transportation Service District Advisory Board (TTSDAB?) – scratch that the Tysons Advisory Board (TAB from now on) met last night to discuss the status of existing and proposed transportation projects, from Table 7 of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, as well as revenue sourcing for future needs. You might recall the TAB was...
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Updates From Tysons Tower

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November 18, 2013
Tysons Tower office building, click to enlarge

We’ve been following the construction of Kettler’s proposed 30-story residential tower at Tysons Corner Mall as well as Tysons Tower and the new Hyatt Hotel for over a year now. The 429 unit Vita building is an integral component to the overall Tysons Tower project which will connect a new neighborhood with the existing...
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What Will A McAuliffe Administration Mean For NOVA Development?

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November 12, 2013
Mega-projects were endemic of the McDonnell Administration, will micro-projects be the new policy?

The election season is finally over, a brief refrain from the already brewing federal congressional races to be expected next year. It is time for many party line voters to find out what policies a McAuliffe administration will enact when it comes to dozens of issues. As has always been the case, focus one...
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McLean Station To Be Greeted By New Office Tower

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November 7, 2013
Mitre 4 Rendering by Steven Kahle Architects, click to enlarge

I know single use office buildings are the bane of urbanists, myself included, and with Mitre Building 4 that is what Tysons is getting. The 14-story office building currently under construction along Colshire Drive at the intersection of what will in the future be Colshire Meadow Drive/Colshire Drive (god I hope they changed the...
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NV Commercial and Clydes Rezoning Proposal

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October 30, 2013
NV Commercial and Clydes future skyline, click to enlarge

The Board of Supervisors held a public meeting yesterday on the rezoning proposal for NV Commercial and Clydes, a parcel that exists at the cross point of Route 7 and Route 123 (what some are calling the downtown of downtown Fairfax). The plan proposes only 510,000 sf of office use, with the remaining 800,000...
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