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Gas Leak Closes Stretch of University Drive

POLL: What Do We Need to Jump Start Downtown Fairfax?

Chime in on what you'd like to see in the heart of downtown.

There's some disagreement over what to do with Kitty Pozer Garden and the gravel parking lot at University Drive and North Street.

Businesses want to keep (and possibly beautify) the existing parking lot next to Old Town Hall, while some residents and council members would prefer to see green space in that block. 

and see what's already been said about the options. Then vote in the Patch poll. 

We've heard some interesting alternatives to the green space-parking debate. What does downtown Fairfax need to draw shoppers? Perhaps a cinema? A brew house? A big retailer to tie the downtown together? If you don't think green space or parking will do it, click the "Other" option and expand on it in the comments.

Ruth Brow Williamson January 27, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Catherine, how about "Fairfax: Good enough for government work." No? *sigh* Oh well.
Ruth Brow Williamson January 27, 2012 at 07:43 AM
I said one last thing, but I lied. Almost every good downtown that I've ever loved has had a great grocery/market; whether it's been in the Town of Vienna (Whole Foods) or in Boulder, CO, where I just recently visited, which had several great stores of that caliber. We all know about the "Safeway problem." Honestly, when Fairfax lost the Harris Teeter, that was a real blow. Without the return of something similar, I don't see things going well. And, I'd rather see something like a Whole Foods go in next to Old Town Hall any day. We need a decent grocery/market down there. It's like the "bread and butter" of what brings people in, especially during the day. Day: high-end market/grocery shoppers. Night: restaurant/brewpub visitors.
Ruth Brow Williamson January 27, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Mosby Ale.
Paula A. Crouch January 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I have to beg to differ.. I have customers who come from all over Fairfax County and other counties and towns/cities to do do business with me. And I would imagine that the local attornies could say the same.
Paula A. Crouch January 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Old Town Fairfax street parking, as is, is dangerous, dangerous, dangerous with the already narrow lanes .. One must wait in the car before getting out until all passing traffic is gone, lest you lose a car door, or worse, get hit by an oncoming car. And not to mention, the numerous cars that have parked on Main St. and have lost side view mirrors from the BIG trucks that have to deliver goods to the merchants or who are just passing through. I sit at my office window, on the corner of Main St. & Chain Bridge Rd. and see the traffic and parking nightmare every day.


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