VIDEO: Redeveloping Southeast Fairfax County

Watch the first of four videos about the history and future of the area.

The producers spoke to local residents about what they would like to see happen along Route 1. Screen shot from video
The producers spoke to local residents about what they would like to see happen along Route 1. Screen shot from video
Patch recently stumbled upon a series of great videos about the future of Southeast Fairfax County.

Watch the first of four here: "The Revitalization of Route 1"

Courtesy of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation. The videos were made in collaboration with Fairfax County’s Channel 16.

SFDC produced the video to highlight visions for the future of the Richmond Highway corridor. This video is the first in a series discussing this particular area of Fairfax County. It first aired in 2012.

What do you think is needed in the Richmond Highway area?

Bill Zaccagnino May 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM
What's missing in this video is "affordable housing." We think development will solve all problems, but all people need a place to live and SE County is falling fall short of meeting its affordable housing need.
Wildermann May 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Nice to hear acknowledgement that this area is the only major transportation corridor in Fairfax County that has not undergone revitalization. When State Senator Toddy Puller and State Delegate Scott Surovell wrote an op ed piece to the Washington Post critical of the neglect to the corridor a few years ago, both were criticized by Fairfax County elected officials saying that their criticisms were unfounded. People living on the corridor know that Puller and Surovell were telling the truth. Metro extension is the common theme for initiating a true revitalization. Some Pols are finally acknowledging this while others do not. Part of the problem is that Richmond Highway bisects two magisterial districts. Current pols running these two districts seem more at odds over the future in that one says he supports metro extension of the yellow line while the other clearly does not and favors extension of the blue line. Richmond Highway corridor combines Mount Vernon and Lee District which together has largest county population of underserved citizens receiving subsidies in one form or another giving the area a poverty industry cachet. Two Wal Marts, car title and payday loan businesses, thrift stores, pawn shop businesses, fast food drive through restaurants, tattoo parlors and tobacco shops are not revitalization. They are symptomatic of areas with big poverty issues. All the more reason to extend metro and create greater economic opportunity. All this potential revitalization sounds great but other shortages in park and recreation amenities, education opportunities and quality of life issues exist. A bigger challenge is finding and funding a solution to make the area more pedestrian friendly. Maintaining Richmond Highway as a transportation artery from Woodbridge to Alexandria, Arlington and DC works against any notion of a Main Street, walkable mixed use community. Developers, county planners, Pols, VDOT, Fairfax County Park Authority and local civic associations are all stakeholders that need to be thinking outside of the box and beyond conventional methods for tackling this most neglected region in one of the most prosperous counties in the nation. All one needs to do is look across the river to see an example of real commitment to transform an area from one that was economically challenged to one that is now prospering and growing. Alexandria City has done a great job transforming the Eisenhower Valley area and Arlington County has created major transformation to its metro corridor while protecting adjacent older neighborhoods. Come on Fairfax County, step up to the plate and do something meaningful and substantive for the citizens and communities along this corridor.
TrustMe June 07, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Bravo, Wildermann! Well said!
LTS June 26, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Fully agree with Wildermann!


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