Is the District of Columbia, the capital of the United States and the free world, becoming a suburb of the economic powerhouse a few miles west?
With the growth of Tysons Corner ... err ... Tysons, Fairfax County leaders seem to think so.
Fairfax County business leaders gathered in a conference room at Gannett’s headquarters last week to discuss “the new city centers” envisioned around the Silver Line Metro stations being built.
Gerald L. Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, didn’t pull any punches. Working through a slide show showing the county’s growth over the past 30 years, Gordon said Fairfax County had become the economic center of the region.
Then he broke out this line: “Fairfax County is now the downtown. D.C. just became our suburb.”
Gordon wasn’t alone. Holland & Knight Partner Stuart “Stu” Mendelsohn, a former Fairfax County supervisor and longtime member of the task force that shaped the vision for Tysons, repeated Gordon’s remark minutes later. Keith Turner, an executive at Tysons developer CityLine Partners, then compared Scotts Run Nature Preserve (384 acres) to Rock Creek Park (1,754 acres).