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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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Capital One Height Debate Much Ado About Nothing

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April 13, 2014
GreatFallsAfterFeature

The Connection Newspaper was present at an MCA debate over the approval of Capital One‘s new headquarters tower, which will be the region’s tallest at 470′ (something we noted here about 2 months before all the other media outlets). While the MCA did ultimately approve the new building, it did so only reluctantly after much harangue about the overshadowing nature...
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Around the Corner

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March 21, 2014
FairfaxChamber

Around the Corner today; Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling is raising awareness about budget cuts hitting the bike coordinator position at Fairfax County. It is a disturbing irony that we now have plenty of money to waste of bad road widening projects (like pointlessly widening Route 123 within Tysons for $22 million) but have...
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Planning Commission Workshop on Tysons Comprehensive Plan Amendment

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February 18, 2014
Tysons Comprehensive Plan LRT Section, click to enlarge

The Planning Commission’s Tysons Committee is holding a workshop on Thursday, February 20 to discuss the first phase of the Tysons Comprehensive Plan Amendment. Staff will make a presentation, and a discussion will follow with the Committee members. For those of you who have been active in the process this is a good time...
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Hybrid Tax Repeal and Refund Passes Legislature

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January 23, 2014
Compact Sedan vs Hummer (one causes 96 times more damage than the other, guess which)

In news today from Richmond, after last week’s vote by the state senate to repeal the punitive Hybrid tax it was unclear if the Republican House would follow through and pass the bill to the Governor (who has noted he is against it). Today Delegate Scott Surovell announced by twitter; Scott Surovell @ssurovell  Hybrid Tax...
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Silver Line Delay a Debacle in Public Relations and Oversight

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January 17, 2014
Tysons Metro Station, Photo by Benjamin Burgess

This past week we received notice of a final test date being conducted by Bechtel on the long delayed Silver Line Phase 1; the last step prior to hand over to WMATA for remaining testing and operations. The project has been delayed nearly 5 months from its initial schedule, and those disruptions stem from...
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Breaking News: New Governor Reviewing Wasteful Highway Pet Projects

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January 14, 2014
VDOT-Route_460Bypass

In a surprising move today, the fresh off the inauguration McAuliffe administration halted work on the 460 Bypass project between Suffolk and Petersburg. The project, which will cost tax payers over $1 billion in construction alone, was touted by the McDonnell administration as being a job boom for the freight industry… despite the freight...
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Federal Transit Benefit to Be Slashed While Parking Benefit Remains

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December 9, 2013
If you think there is gridlock at the Capitol today; I wonder what it would like if thousands of commuters suddenly shifted to driving and parking instead of taking Metro

In today’s bit of political hypocrisy we present the Federal debate currently occurring (not really, after all Congress really doesn’t do anything anymore) over the continuation of commuter benefits for Federal employees and consultants. In the era of pushing for smaller government the GOP has been adamant that we must cut down on waste...
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WMATA 2015 Budget Shows Preference For Employees Over Riders

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December 5, 2013
WMATA

If some of you follow my twitter feed you might have noticed a bit of a rant this morning on the WMATA budget meeting that occurred where the latest proposed budget for 2015 was shown to the public. Thanks to @AdamTuss we got to see the summary of the numbers. Unfortunately the local media...
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What Will A McAuliffe Administration Mean For NOVA Development?

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November 12, 2013
Mega-projects were endemic of the McDonnell Administration, will micro-projects be the new policy?

The election season is finally over, a brief refrain from the already brewing federal congressional races to be expected next year. It is time for many party line voters to find out what policies a McAuliffe administration will enact when it comes to dozens of issues. As has always been the case, focus one...
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