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Month 2 of Parkageddon

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August 22, 2014
Parkageddon Tysons

It’s time to once again return to the misery that has befallen our little city of Tysons, #parkageddon. For those of you unfamiliar Parkageddon involves the onslaught of the driving hordes searching for hours in town for a parking space because none was provided for the Silver Line metro. Of course, there were 700...
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No More Excuses In Tysons: Status Quo Threatens Safety

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July 29, 2014
Fairfax County

For several years transportation officials, planners, and Fairfax County leaders have known that the Silver Line would be a reality, and that pedestrian improvements would be necessary to make sure people could safely use the transit line. After a nearly 9 month delay, County officials are now telling us there wasn’t enough time? Residents...
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Community curious about North Tysons Circulator routes

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July 10, 2014
Bus Stop by Elvert Barnes

At the Ask Fairfax online discussion, no less than 4 questions were asking about the same problem… Where are the bus stops for the new circulator routes going to be in North Tysons? It seems that the discussion group was unprepared to offer any answers and didn’t fully acknowledge the question at first, but eventually...
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Virginia’s Labor Force Might Be Shrinking

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May 12, 2014
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This article was originally posted on Frank Muraca’s website Last year I responded to a post on Bacon’s Rebellion that raised alarms that Virginia’s economy was “tanking.” I argued that there really shouldn’t be concern over the idea that Virginia was on a death spiral while the rest of the nation was facing relative...
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Inspiration Monday: Guerrilla Retrofits

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May 5, 2014
ItalianAutostrataBuildings

Proposed Concept Implementation in Tysons Score NextCity.org brings to light what many urban residents already realize. Planners need to be worrying about creating the most out of what a city has, instead of chasing after the next big thing. Some of this comes in the form of transportation efficient designs, some in re-purposed buildings...
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Public Meeting On Tysons Park System Concept Plan

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April 24, 2014
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I was able to attend the Fairfax County Park Authority meeting yesterday which discussed the new Tysons Park System Concept Plan. We previously summarized many of the elements of the plan in a previous post, but the meeting brought up some interesting clarifications we were not aware of. The concept for the trail loop...
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The Confusion Over Tax Rates and Assessments

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April 23, 2014
SuburbanFairfax

This morning the Board of Supervisors for Fairfax County voted to pass a residential real estate tax rate increase of $0.005 per $100 assessed value. This takes the rate from $1.085 to $1.09 which by itself is only a 0.4% increase from current year. For the average home owner, this difference in the tax...
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Tysons Park System Concept Plan

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April 22, 2014
Franklin Street Park. Photo from www.thebostondaybook.com

This past week Fairfax County posted their first draft of the new Tysons Park System Concept Plan, which serves as one part master plan, one part “where we are” in terms of agreements and existing parks in the growing city. It’s an important step to help iron out the goals and interaction of open...
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Inspiration Monday: Roadways and Waterways

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April 21, 2014
TysonsRoute123Stroad

Proposed Concept Implementation in Tysons Score Streetsblog.net addresses some of the insanity in San Francisco surrounding residents who want more housing that is affordable downtown, but want to restrict every project that comes in to limit heights and overall density. Which leads me to wonder, if you don’t allow new units to come up,...
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Around The Corner

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April 18, 2014
MasterparkIllustrative

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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Has Our Vehicle-Centric Society Forgotten Traffic Laws?

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April 15, 2014
Crosswalk-Sign

Last week I was visiting some family in Burke and while driving back to Tysons on Braddock Road I witnessed an extremely dangerous traffic situation. Just after the intersection for Wakefield Chapel Road there is a crosswalk striped mid-block that leads from a perpendicular trail to a bus stop on the side of the...
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