What Would You Improve in Herndon in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Herndon, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Herndon to make it an even better place to live?

Some people would like to see changes in Herndon's plans for Metro or downtown development plans, on Herndon's roads and at Herndon's festivals and events. Some would love for certain businesses to come to town, or for redevelopment to either happen or not happen.

Many would love to see the reopening of Tortilla Factory — or at least get the salsa recipe. Note to those who ask: I still haven't heard anything about it, and I've heard no updates on the folks who once mentioned an interest in reopening the beloved restaurant.

What is on your Herndon wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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Another Patriotic Liberal January 01, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Change leadership in some of our schools.
PatV January 02, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Respect our Heritage and maintain Herndon's small town charm - rather than trying to make Herndon a "destination town."
Tom Kellner January 02, 2013 at 07:45 PM
More citizens need to learn about the Herndon Metro Area Plan. Did you know: That the planned Metro station on the north side of the toll road has no parking, either all day or transient; no bus-turnaround, making scheduled bus service very unlikely; and no kiss-and-ride. That cut-outs will be on both sides of the Herndon Pkwy so cars can drop off passengers – picture arrival/departures at Dulles airport. That the Herndon Pky will have a 25mph speed limit. That to access the Metro, you will have to walk approx. 750 feet (2 and ½ times the length of a football field) from Herndon Pkwy to the middle of the Toll Road. That the Planning Commission expects you to use other Metro stations unless you walk, ride a bicycle, or have someone drop you off at the Metro station in town? And did you know that when confronted with multiple letters from multiple citizens detailing these concerns prior to passage, then Council members Ohlem, Wolfe, Vice Mayor Merkel and then Planning Commissioner Jonas did not even show the courtesy to reply. I will say that the staff of Community Development has always done their best to answer citizens’ questions. Maybe a second resolution: I would like to challenge each of these elected officials to write an article for the local press that would justify this ill-conceived plan and show how it benefits current Town residents and businesses.
PatV January 02, 2013 at 08:42 PM
RE:Tom Kellner's posting - didn't one of the town council members call this the "least worse of the plans" or something along those lines?
Bob Bruhns January 03, 2013 at 05:29 PM
It looks to me as though the real rush in those plans, aside from political posturing, was to get something - anything - on paper, so Herndon could claim some seat at a subsequent Fairfax County rail planning table. Maybe an honest admission of that, would have helped. The initial oversize of the project, the two later reductions in scope, the blundering consultants and the enormous resistance to citizen concerns that ultimately had to give way, and then the flawed result of all of that, do not bode well for this town.


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