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Fairfax Considering Fairgrounds Concept At Tysons
Posted by: Tysons Engineer ()
Date: March 20, 2013 08:35AM

Original Story at TheTysonsCorner

Pop Up Construction Getting Legitimate Chance By Board Of Supervisors?

This past weekend the Washington Post ran a very well formed story by Corinne Reilly (not surprising as she is a very talented local reporter) about both the complications and benefits coming from the opening of Silver Line in Tysons. She portrayed a very fair view of how more people (not the way they travel) mean more surveillance and police presence will be needed. The story highlights the exuberance many in the area are feeling about the silver line opening, especially those who were involved in bringing the metro down the Dulles corridor. The most impressive component of the story is its discussion of now instead of the cliche discussion of the "future Tysons".

A masters class at GMU is looking at temporary facilities and concepts for undeveloped areas around Tysons. The idea is similar to some that we have been proposing, make more with less until the area becomes this "grander vision". One of the most successful components of the Waterfront project and Nats Stadium came via catastrophe and happenstance when extra shipping containers turned into an orchestrated tail gate at the Fairgrounds. In Tysons retail space is really expensive, that is why you see mostly chains in the mall. Temporary space, connected close to metro, will add another dimension to local shopping, bringing out innovative and creative concepts, and acting as a retail start-up mechanism.

Street markets, food truck events, pop-up stores, and outdoor music events are all great ideas that will give Tysons an identity and a community presence.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/20/2013 08:36AM by Tysons Engineer.

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