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Farmers’ Markets and the Local Economy

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June 25, 2014
Smart Markets Farmers Market Tysons

Today we are going to look at the impact of shopping locally at your community farmers’ market on your local economy. Buying local – which includes produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and other home-made products – means that the money you spend stays local. For every $100 spent at a farmers’ market, $62. is...
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Garfield At Scotts Run Station Undergoing Earthwork

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June 24, 2014
Scotts Run Station Garfield Parcel by Cityline

Earlier this year we watched demolition activity at 1575 Anderson Road take an aged office building and turn it into salvage materials. The initial activity at the site is the tip of the iceberg for the larger overall development known as Scotts Run Station, which will ultimately build several mixed use buildings along Route...
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Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend Recap at Mosaic District

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June 23, 2014
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Mosaic District in Merrifield, VA The Fit Foodie 5K was held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Mosaic District. The Fit Foodie purpose was to spark interest in promoting a healthy lifestyle and delicious culinary experiences. During this event at the Mosaic District, there were a variety of vendors including chef tastings, cooking...
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Future Tysons Development Update 2014

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June 19, 2014
Future Tysons Development Rendering

At the beginning of this year we had a very popular post about what the future of Tysons will look like. Using our personally created sketch up library of Tysons buildings we mapped what was existing, what was built, what was under construction, and what was on the horizon and planned. Since that time...
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Ovation Pool Construction Complete for Summer

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June 17, 2014
Public park and walkway in Tysons

This past weekend we had a chance to stop by the newest completed apartment building in Tysons, and our newest sponsor(thanks for supporting us), Ovation Apartments. The building, which reached a lease-able point in construction this past Spring, has been completing a punch list of finishes since that time. With summer officially started, and...
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June Updates From Tysons Tower

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June 13, 2014
Tysons Tower plaza construction June 2014

It was nearly two months ago we took a trip to Tysons Tower to tour the inside of the building and under construction plaza level that connects to the mall. Since that time the new neighborhood is starting to take shape into its soon to be final form. Trees have been installed at the...
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Rethinking WMATA Rail Fare Structure

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June 12, 2014
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The past two years have been a tumultuous period for Metro in the greater Washington region. Critics have attacked them for wastefully spending funds on expansions while not providing a comprehensive enough system. Weekly maintenance and repairs on the system, a planned effort that will hopefully update the network for the next generation of...
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Controversial McLean Rezoning Up For Planning Commission Decision Next Week

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June 10, 2014
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An unpopular proposal is up for decision at the Planning Commission this month. On Wednesday June, 18th the commission will decide on the fate of JBG’s Elm Street Residential project at 6862 Elm Street in McLean. The project is located in the Central Business Corridor, CBC, of McLean which has a maximum allowable FAR...
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Chick-Fil-A Coming Soon Signage Next to Golfsmith in Tysons Corner

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June 9, 2014
Chick-Fil-A coming soon signage

  I saw this coming soon signage as I was driving down Leesburg Pike this weekend. Chick-Fil-A will be neighbors with Best Buy and Golfsmith, which is the block of 8449 and 8459 Leesburg Pike. Looking forward to learning more details of when it will open.      
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Design Groups Present Metro Silver Line Trestle Art Concepts For Tysons

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June 5, 2014
Tysons Trestle Design Charette

When the structural skeleton of the Silver Line Phase 1 was completed last year, it became pretty evident to those who didn’t realize it before that the concept for the mega-project lacked a bit of first floor imagination. Let’s point something out as a preface though; infrastructure projects and their contractors should not be...
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WRIT’s 7900 Westpark Facelift First Look

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June 4, 2014
Rendering of WRITs interior Renovation at 7900 Westpark in Tysons

First impressions are a big deal, in society, in business, and in architecture. In real estate this is typically referred to as curb appeal. While most properties gain their value from location and amenities, what set’s them apart from other competitors in the same neighborhood is often their style and intangibles. It’s no surprise...
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