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Jammin Java/Luke Brindley album release

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June 14, 2013

Jammin Java is doing a release show at Jammin Java (where else?!) Friday June 21 for the new Luke Brindley albums that are on iTunes June 18. You can listen/download here: http://brindleymusic.com/ . They’re called Our Year I & II. These are a product of releasing a song every Monday at his website http://brindleymusic.com. This...
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Fairfax County Public Schools: What are the choices?

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June 14, 2013
Frost Middle Schools Orchestra Program, photo by Fairfax County on flickr

I was perusing DC Urban Moms and Dads yesterday and came across the following comment: “ We definitely need more capacity, particularly in the Tysons area where FCPS and the county will continue to lowball the projected numbers for new students until our kids are being taught in parking lots. “ This is obviously a topic...
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Bike Trail Connectivity Concept

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June 12, 2013
Example of a bike trail within an electrical easement, click to enlarge

The W&OD trail is a real asset to Northern Virginia which connects neighborhoods as far west as Loudoun County to Arlington and DC. It is consistently used by commuters and recreational users alike and for some home buyers is a tangible benefit. The W&OD comes tantalizingly close to Tysons and the new Silver Line...
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Celebrate Fairfax Photo Pool

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June 10, 2013
Photo of Celebrate Fairfax Ferris Wheel, "Fairfax Fair Fireball" by Herrow_Leo on flickr

When I saw this picture by Herrow_Leo on flickr I had to let others know about it. This was taken at night at the Celebrate Fairfax event. Do you have any photos of the event that you’d like to share? Let us know. Otherwise let this talented photographer know he took a great shot.
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Workforce Housing Rental Pricing Shows Minimal Reductions

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June 10, 2013
Tysons Mall photo by Instant Vintage, click to enlarge

The differences between traditional subsidized housing, Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs) and Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) are substantial, as we noted in part 1 of our look at market modified housing policies. Firstly, WDUs are not necessarily in order to provide low income housing, as can be seen by the range for eligible applicants. WDUs...
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Greensboro Park Place Rezoning Coming Up This Month

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June 6, 2013
Greensboro Park Place rendering by VIKA, click to enlarge

In Tysons, where it seems that every square inch is being turned up in an effort to redevelop, reconfigure, and reconnect the city into the surrounding communities it becomes difficult to track everything that is coming down the construction pipeline. This past week I noticed a plan in the works I had never even...
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Around the Corner

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June 5, 2013
Tysons Tower in Silhouette

It was a crazy day in Tysons; Another major rezoning was approved by the Board of Supervisors, making LCOR’s Commons of McLean project the 5th major plan to attain approval. The plan proposes more than 2500 housing units and the possibility of some ground floor retail, though some supervisors pointed out the lack of...
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Affordable Housing In Fairfax

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June 4, 2013
Photo of subsidized housing in N.J. by Roland Tanglao flickr, click to enlarge.

When the Tysons Comprehensive plan was approved in 2010 one of the most polarizing components of the plan was the requirement for 20% workforce housing to be provided. This immediately was noted by conservatives as being a huge leap from the existing 5% affordable housing requirement placed on any new development seeking rezoning with...
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Dulles Toll Road Ramp Projects Show Ignorance to Repeated Mistakes

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June 1, 2013
Mega-projects were endemic of the McDonnell Administration, will micro-projects be the new policy?

We have been covering the on-going saga of the Dulles Toll Road ramp projects for nearly a year now. The last news came in January when a coalition of local residents joined together to oppose a particularly bad concept which would destroy a buffer park, impact many lots, and bring additional traffic onto roads...
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Are Computers the way to go with Standards of Learning Tests?

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May 30, 2013
FCPS-schoolbus

It is that time of year; Standards of Learning, and to add fuel to an already hot issue, this year all Virginia students will have to use a computer to take the Standards of Learning test. Virginia is one of the only states to go totally electronic; no longer using the paper multiple choice...
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Know Your Supervisor Series: Pat Herrity

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May 29, 2013
Fairfax County

The Know Your Supervisor series will be a 6-question and answer segment (with the same questions asked of each Supervisor) to better understand the platforms and priorities of our Board of Supervisor members. Our inaugural interviewee is Supervisor Pat Herrity who was kind enough to take some time to speak to us one on...
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