For many longtime Northern Virginians, it’s hard to picture Tysons Corner as anything more than a couple of huge shopping malls surrounded by restaurants and office buildings. Not many people live there, it only recently got its own zip code and it can get ugly at Christmastime.
But Fairfax County wants to transform Tysons into a place where 100,000 people live and play. And this superb piece by Capital Business’s Jonathan O’Connell examines how we got here, and why it looks like Tysons Corner City is actually going to happen.
Obviously, the key component is the forthcoming Metro line. But O’Connell points out that five Fortune 500 companies are based there (and new arrival Northrop Grumman is a short hop away). Tysons’s 26.7 million square feet of office space is more than the metropolitan areas of San Antonio, Tex., or Jacksonville, Fla., and it has chi-chi shops, eateries and hotels. It just needs stuff like many new apartment buildings (coming), a Wal-Mart (coming), a grocery store or two (coming) and a new street grid (coming).
To know all you need to know about Tysons Corner City, from dusty crossroads to metropolitan monolith, read O’Connell’s story here.