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Dulles Corridor 5A Bus Faces Major Changes With Silver Line

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September 3, 2013
Rt_5A_Map Proposed Changes

PlanItMetro released some information on a popular bus that currently runs the length of the Dulles Corridor between DC and Dulles. The 5A bus (which used to stop at Westpark Transit last year before it was quietly cut in service with no fanfare) provides an approximate one hour trip between DC and Dulles; about...
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Dulles Toll Road and Rail Timeline

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August 28, 2013
Silverline-Reston

A lot of people have asked about how the Dulles Rail project came along, what was the legal background of the agreement between toll revenue and the construction, as well as timing over the past 20 years. With any massive project like this one, what the public often sees was predated by years even...
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Construction Begins on 11-Story MRP Office

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August 27, 2013
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In May MRP (not to be confused with Meridian who owns the SAIC campus) broke ground on their 11-story office which will headquarter LMI along Jones Branch Drive. Due to the topography of the site, situated on an embankment of the Express Lane ramp, the earthwork for the project was an endeavor of its...
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McLean Central Park Master Plan

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August 26, 2013
Dead Run Stream within the McLean Community Center property. Click to enlarge

Fairfax County recently announced they have completed a draft concept for the McLean Central Park, an existing wooded space with some play equipment, surrounding the McLean Library and Community Center. The park property sits between Old Dominion Drive and Elm Street on the North side of Chain Bridge Road. One might think the sleepy...
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Tysons Tower Foundations Setting For Second and Third Towers

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August 22, 2013
Tysons Tower, 2nd floor plaza, and the beginnings of the residential tower. Click to enlarge

The area around the future Tysons metro station has certainly been transformed over the past year, and it looks like the changes are going to accelerate into 2014. Tysons Tower office building has already made an impact to the skyline, and is only a few more stories from completion, but recently activity on Macerich’s...
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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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