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The Built Environment of Fairfax City

An introduction and description of future topics to be covered regarding the current and future built environment in the City of Fairfax.

Hello Patch Readers! 

I thought I would use this initial post just to describe myself and the contributions I plan on making to the Fairfax Patch Blog.   As a Certified Planner and practicing Landscape Architect living in Fairfax City, I will be writing about the numerous issues effecting our built environment with the hope of sparking some discussions about what makes this city great and what can make it even better.  Inititially, all posts will fall under one of the following four categories:

1. Urban Planning in the City, including the Fairfax Boulevard Masterplan, transportation projects, park projects, etc.

2. Specific Developments in and around the city, such as the Marriot Hotel on 123, the rejected Kamp Washington development, Mosaic at Merrifield, Metro West, and various projects at George Mason.

3. National planning trends that effect the city, such as sustainability, protection of waterways, and "suburban retrofits".

4. General observations and ramblings.  This includes things I notice just being around the city like a park I'd never noticed, or thoughts on traffic light timing.

Subjects may eventually extend beyond these four categories, but I figured I should have a framework to start with. 

Remember to feel free to share your thoughts and let me know if there is anything you think I should talk about.  I hope there are other people out there who are as excited about living in this great little city as I am.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Douglas Stewart May 08, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I'm glad you're writing this blog. I would like to see Fairfax City implement the Fairfax Boulevard Master Plan. The city has special assets, but we could do a lot more to take advantage of its compact character and create places people want to be in, and not just drive through. The plan for the Boulevard is excellent, but the Mayor and Council are hesitant to bring real mixed-use, walkable development to the Boulevard. The developments that have been built since the plan was created -- like the old Frank's nursery site, Fairfax Pointe, and the Chevy Chase bank near Warwick -- continue to push the building envelope behind setbacks. I look forward to reading your posts.
Frank Linton May 08, 2011 at 04:34 PM
One thing I like about the City of Fairfax is that it is easy to get around by bicycle; often going by bike is faster than going by car; and it's more fun. The City of Fairfax has begin to make it safer for cyclists, too, by painting sharrows on George Mason Blvd., and putting up Share the Road signs.
Paul Nabti May 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Thanks Douglas and Frank. Hopefully we will hear a lot more about what is going to happen with the Fairfax Boulevard Masterplan over the next few months, as the city is finally beginning to push the comprehensive plan update forward and this is a key component of it. See my other post for more info... http://fairfaxcity.patch.com/blog_posts/city-comprehensive-plan-update-finally-coming The bike network in the city is also a good topic. George Mason Boulevard is a key starting point since it links George Mason to Downtown, but I think more and more people are seeing biking as a way to de-stress their commute. The challenge is figuring out where key routes would be in the city, and where there is room for bike lanes or paths. I'll start a post about this in the next few weeks.

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