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Around The Corner

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April 18, 2014
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The week started off with some confusion and police excitement as a situation turned from an isolated barricade at the Rotonda Condos to a fears of flammable or explosive materials. Luckily, the incident concluded without violence and the suspect, 62-year old Michael Gordon, was apprehended and now faces charges of Arson. By the way...
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Tysons Rental Pricing vs the Metro Region

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January 24, 2014
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Earlier this month a group of land developers proposing projects in Tysons met for the Biznow real estate conference to discuss the future of the growing region. After this meeting the Washington Post ran an article questioning whether the rental market could support the new inventory coming into Tysons, and if a lack of...
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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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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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Ovation Apartments July Update

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July 22, 2013
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It has been two months since we last took a look at Ovation Apartments. The building has been structurally topped out, and the facade is quickly following suit. When we last photographed the building it was still mostly a reinforced concrete skeleton with almost no facade work other than some spot areas of insulation...
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Harris Teeter Stores To Remain Open After Merger With Kroger

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July 10, 2013

After some rumors that Harris Teeter could be bought out by Giant, risking the possibility they would close some stores, news came out this week that Kroger and Harris Teeter would merge. Kroger is the country’s largest grocery store chain. It appears right now that Kroger will market Harris Teeter under the HT brand,...
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Dogtopia Shows the Power of a Healthy Business Environment

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May 16, 2013
Could this be the future location of Dogtopia's Headquarters in Tysons? The current flagship store sits within the Georgelas Spring Hill Station redevelopment.

For many business experts and corporate heads the only asset that the Washington Metro area has going for it is federal contracting. They look at the 3rd largest consumer base, with the highest aggregate education and financial strength of any comparable region, and can’t see past the idea that this is a government only...
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Economic Data Shows Continued Commercial Growth of Tysons

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May 13, 2013
Taipei's Skyline is an example of the physical representation of a regions wealth and commercial productivity, click to enlarge

This past week two important economic reports came out showing just how strong of a case is to be made about the future downtown of Tysons. While the visual characteristics of Tysons is anything but urban or reflective of traditional commercial business districts, it is economically a clear case of a downtown that is...
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Workhouse Concepts Spur Economic Growth

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March 6, 2013
Microsoft Commons Headquarters, a massive asset and boon for the city of Seattle, photo by Marcin Wichary

When an area attracts a new company to expand in their region it often has a high upfront cost. Incentives packages, tax cuts, and infrastructure payments made by the jurisdiction are just a few examples of how Northern Virginia has drawn corporate partners. The unemployment rate of 4.4% is testament that some level of incentives are...
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OpEd: Return to Economic Normalcy

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February 17, 2013
OpEd: Return to Economic Normalcy

This past week the G20, a body representing the most powerful economies of the world, met to discuss the continued global recession, currency, and the impact of domestic policies on international trade. A lot of diplomatic speeches and intent only agreements were made about what has become common place in Treasuries around the world,...
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