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The future of Tysons, in animation and 3-D

Navid Roshan-Afshar, a civil engineer and consultant who lives in Tysons Corner, saw the massive changes coming to his neighborhood a few years ago.

Fairfax County had reworked its master plan for Tysons, Metro’s Silver Line was on the way and developers were plotting millions of square feet of new high-rise office and apartment buildings.

A GIF of projected growth in Tysons, courtesy of

He wanted to know more. So in 2011 he started a Web site,, where he began chronicling, analyzing and tweeting about as many of the changes as he could.

“I’m living in Tysons. I followed the county’s comprehensive plan process pretty closely. I drove by all the sites and I found it really frustrating not to know what was happening with all of the projects,” Roshan-Afshar said.

Recently he’s been digging into Silver Line delays (“It’s been frustrating to see the delays but ultimately the end result will be great”) and the cost of some of the new high-rise apartments (“They might be pricing a little to high for what the market will actually bear”).

Roshan-Afshar also put his technical skills to work in creating models of what Tysons is likely to look like once the projects that have been approved are completed. Everything being plotted will take decades to get built, but for those wondering where Tysons is headed, his site offers a handy glimpse at how the physical landscape around each of the Silver Line stations will be changing in the future.

A key to the color codings: blue = existing, green= completed/under construction, red=approved and pink=proposed. All images courtesy of Roshan-Afshar/

The McLean station today:

McLean in the future:

The Tysons station today:

The Tysons station in the future:

The Greensboro station today:

Greensboro in the future:

The Spring Hill station today:

Spring Hill in the future:

With his Web site, Roshan-Afshar said he will push to ensure that Tysons evolves from a mess of traffic to a series of transit-accessible urban neighborhoods. “We’re focused on smart growth advocacy,” he said. “The essential idea is you should try to focus [development projects] on areas in a core region where they can be supported by transportation that is already in place. The area is going to continue to grow. So how you address that growth is a fundamental question.”

Follow Jonathan O’Connell on Twitter: @oconnellpostbiz



Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.



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Jonathan O'Connell · February 11, 2014