Transforming Tysons

Will it become America’s next great city? From Virginia Business: In 1950, Tysons Corner was little more than a mom-and-pop general store at the intersection of state Routes 7 and 123 surrounded by farms with peach orchards and wheat fields. By 2050, a rechristened Tysons is expected to be a bustling, cosmopolitan metropolis of more than

Economic gloom and doom in Maryland’s largest jurisdiction

From The Washington Post: In 1991, defense contractor General Dynamics was looking for a place to move its headquarters and the 200 jobs that went with it. Then-Montgomery County Executive Neal Potter had a ready answer: Not here. Potter said the county needed “to ease off” creating new jobs — and the problems, like traffic, he

Loudoun’s aversion to new single-family homes driving surge in this type of housing

From The Washington Business Journal (Subscription required): Loudoun County is opening the floodgates to new age-restricted communities in a move that some county officials and other observers say could be detrimental to its economic future. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors recently approved two new age-restricted communities that will add hundreds of units for individuals 55 and

Tightening housing stock continues to drive people out of Greater Washington

From The Washington Business Journal (Subscription required): Laura Pacheco’s search for a new home in Northern Virginia began with high hopes and a $650,000 budget. It ended in frustration and a blueprint to build anew in a small Maryland community more than an hour’s drive away from the District. Pacheco, who now lives in Springfield with

Balancing Amazon HQ Incentives and Benefits

From NBC Washington (link to full story and video): While cities across the U.S. clamor to land Amazon’s second headquarters, one group says it doesn’t want the retail giant moving into Northern Virginia. The Metro DC Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has launched the site NOVA Says No To Amazon and says local leaders are being