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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Forget Paris Again: Tysons Now A Combination of Venice, Central Park, and St. Louis

Now that Tysons has been transformed overnight from a car-clogged hellscape combining the worst of the suburban and urban experience into an exemplar of future cities, only with better retail, it's time to reset our expectations for "Fairfax County's Downtown."

In a simpler, less aware time, planners were quick to compare Tysons with Paris and the Emerald City -- with straight faces, even.

But now that we've seen the wonders of Tysons from a cracked lot of asphalt and the elevated vantage point of the Silver Line, we know that these ideas were wrong -- all wrong. Let the person fawning articles describe as the architect of the 'New Tysons' explain to us how it's all kinds of awesome places, rolled into one fantastic amalgamation of ugly office buildings and chain retail 21st century city!

Caplin describes the Tysons of tomorrow with a romantic fervor. In his telling, the new plaza being built near Tysons Corner Station is the Piazza San Marco. The slope he’s pegged for winter sledding will rival Pilgrim Hill in Central Park. The gigantic trestles shouldering the Metro, if decorated, might become as iconic as St. Louis’s Gateway Arch. One member of the partnership recently gave Caplin a painting of what Tysons could someday look like: an elevated train glides away from an imposing crowd of skyscrapers, above an insignificant trickle of cars. “It shows the density and the vitality,” Caplin said. “That’s what it’s going to be. It’s not Manhattan, but it’s going to be a big deal.”
We all know that Tysons isn't going to be Manhattan. That distinction is reserved for us.

6 comments:

  1. Hilarious!! Oh wait, this was serious...?!?

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  2. There once was an architect from
    Nantucket, who had a ....

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  3. Wow, PT Barnum would be proud of this guy.

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  4. Is it Disney World? Welcome to Tomorrowland! No, wait, it's just Tysons Corner...

    South Lakes Survivor

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  5. "Let the person fawning articles describe as the architect of the 'New Tysons' explain to us how it's all kinds of awesome places, rolled into one fantastic amalgamation of ugly office buildings and chain retail 21st century city!"
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    Change "TOD Reston" for "the 'New Tysons'" and you have what our -burb will soon become.

    No Growth is Smart Growth.

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  6. I'm Walking Here!October 18, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    In the meantime, it is one heck of a long walk from the metro station to the nearest entrance of Tysons Mall itself.

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