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Keithstg   

Having watched this thread with great amusement since it started, I was anxious to experience the alleged horrors of paid parking at RTC. I spent a total of about two minutes downloading the software, setting up my account and paying for the day's parking ($8). Couldn't have been an easier experience, and parking is less costly than my office building in Tysons. Now that parking is free after 5pm, what on earth is/ was the big deal?

RTC is a faux community, populated with chain restaurants, office buildings and apartments. Given that businesses can validate parking and that parking is free during off peak periods I still fail to see the reason for the tempest in the teapot that has been so breathlessly reported on.

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DonRocks   
21 minutes ago, Keithstg said:

RTC is a faux community, populated with chain restaurants, office buildings and apartments. Given that businesses can validate parking and that parking is free during off peak periods I still fail to see the reason for the tempest in the teapot that at least one of us has so breathlessly reported on.

Yes, but don't forget that it's because of this outrage that the situation has ameliorated - also, Tysons is (or will be) *much* more "Manhattan-like" than Reston.

My guess is that long-term residents of Reston got hosed the most, because they didn't sign up for this nightmare - I remember when "downtown Reston" was essentially *just* the Hyatt.

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Keithstg   
10 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

My guess is that long-term residents of Reston got hosed the most, because they didn't sign up for this nightmare - I remember when "downtown Reston" was essentially *just* the Hyatt.

I remember that as well - it's probably been 13 years since I was last out here. I also think you may be right about long-term residents, but wouldn't they be more likely to park off-peak? I can't say I have much sympathy for those who had years of free parking for second and third cars, but that may just be me being crotchety.

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Al Dente   
On 7/27/2017 at 9:20 AM, DonRocks said:

also, Tysons is (or will be) *much* more "Manhattan-like" than Reston.

 

I've read your mentions of this before. What do you mean by Tysons becoming Manhattan-like? And how in the world will Reston be like that but less so than Tysons? 

Will Springfield become Miami-like? Rockville L.A.-like? Fairfax Chicago-like?

:blink::wacko::blink:

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DonRocks   
1 hour ago, Al Dente said:

I've read your mentions of this before. What do you mean by Tysons becoming Manhattan-like? And how in the world will Reston be like that but less so than Tysons? 

Will Springfield become Miami-like? Rockville L.A.-like? Fairfax Chicago-like?

:blink::wacko::blink:

I'm just parroting what the real-estate developers are touting. I can easily envision Tysons Corner having 80-story buildings 50 years from now.

You can find some of this on Google - here's one article. Here's another.

When I was growing up, you could drive from White Oak to Tysons Corner in about 20 minutes - if you wanted to go to the mall or the Holiday Inn, which were about the only things there. My feeling is this: Why will the real-estate developers of 2030 be any less ambitious (read: throw up the tallest, ugliest buildings you can get away with, and then go retire in Florida leaving the rest of the world to deal with your garbage) than the ones of 2020? Likewise 2040, 2050, etc.

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lion   
On 7/28/2017 at 10:23 AM, DonRocks said:

I'm just parroting what the real-estate developers are touting. I can easily envision Tysons Corner having 80-story buildings 50 years from now.

I was coming back from DC last night about 10:30 and got off from the toll road at Wiehle Avenue. Amazingly the new high rise building was lite up with purple highlights. Over the past couple of years have seen buildings in Tysons like that kind of accenting but the first for the sleepy little town of Reston.

On 8/18/2017 at 10:23 PM, Ferris Bueller said:

Reston Town Center Merchants Are Still Getting Crushed By Paid Parking: Claim

Revenue Still down @ RTC

Still feels awkward parking at the Reston Town Center. Last weekend we actually went to Lake Anne for lunch at the Greek place and it was pretty full. Also the entire complex was teaming with people from the Brew House to the coffee place. I think a good number of people are just going other places. 

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DonRocks   
On 8/21/2017 at 9:58 AM, lion said:

I was coming back from DC last night about 10:30 and got off from the toll road at Wiehle Avenue. Amazingly the new high rise building was lite up with purple highlights. Over the past couple of years have seen buildings in Tysons like that kind of accenting but the first for the sleepy little town of Reston.

As you get off on Wiehle coming from DC, the office complex immediately to the driver's right is going to be torn down (so I was told by an ex-tenant). Across Wiehe Avenue from that, there's obviously a building well on its way to completion (is this the one you're referring to?) If you turn left on Wiehle, then take a right on Sunrise Valley Drive (where Wiehle dead-ends), you'll eventually hit a pretty large pocket of buildings being constructed. I'm not sure this is related to Tysons so much as it is the Metro, but I guess it's all interconnected. Businesses are going to want to be close to Dulles Airport, and quickly accessible by Metro - I wonder if the same rationale will ever be realized at BWI airport (I don't see how it can't be, if enough years go by - both I-95 and rail lines are already in place; hopefully they'll leave the BW Parkway alone).

Personally, I think self-driving, electric cars will be siphoning a *lot* of business away from Metro Rail at some point, and real estate developers aren't thinking long-term (then again, when have they ever?)

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lion   
On 8/22/2017 at 10:55 AM, DonRocks said:

As you get off on Wiehle coming from DC, the office complex immediately to the driver's right is going to be torn down (so I was told by an ex-tenant). Across Wiehe Avenue from that, there's obviously a building well on its way to completion (is this the one you're referring to?) If you turn left on Wiehle, then take a right on Sunrise Valley Drive (where Wiehle dead-ends), you'll eventually hit a pretty large pocket of buildings being constructed. I'm not sure this is related to Tysons so much as it is the Metro, but I guess it's all interconnected. Businesses are going to want to be close to Dulles Airport, and quickly accessible by Metro - I wonder if the same rationale will ever be realized at BWI airport (I don't see how it can't be, if enough years go by - both I-95 and rail lines are already in place; hopefully they'll leave the BW Parkway alone).

Personally, I think self-driving, electric cars will be siphoning a *lot* of business away from Metro Rail at some point, and real estate developers aren't thinking long-term (then again, when have they ever?)

Yes the building on its way to completion. At night time it's lite up with small bluish lines perpendicular to the ground kind of like the multi-color one in Tysons. Reston has definitely changed in the past two years quite dramatically. 

 

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lion   
On 8/25/2017 at 2:16 PM, Ferris Bueller said:

Paid Parking At Reston Town Center Must End: Merchant

...updated article from Reston Patch

Mouthpiece for Reston Town Center Merchants Says His Business Is on the Outs

Red Velvet Cupcakes update

RTC has picked up on the evenings and weekends mainly due to the free parking again. I do think it will remain challenging for businesses in the RTC especially for places like Red Velvet Cupcakes. In a way Boston Properties is remaking it from Reston Town Center to Metro Town Center, RTC ->MTC. The Union Station of the West! All of the larger chains probably are renegotiating their rental agreements and BP will let the smaller units go for a bit while the new hotel and city block get developed. 

Personally 85% of our visits are just to Sweet Green these days. If they opened up another location nearby we would probably go there once a month if at all. 

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DaveO   
On 8/25/2017 at 2:16 PM, Ferris Bueller said:

Paid Parking At Reston Town Center Must End: Merchant

...updated article from Reston Patch

Mouthpiece for Reston Town Center Merchants Says His Business Is on the Outs

Red Velvet Cupcakes update

That is not only a sadly depressing article, but one that implies "putting the screws" to Red Velvet Cupcakes.  If the landlord won't start "negotiating a lease" till Dec and his lease is up in May....well if he doesn't act elsewhere now....and there is no deal come Dec...then he won't be in business after May, no matter how fast he acts between Dec and May.

Sneaky move by the landlord.  Basically a middle finger to the tenant. 

As to the article there is a certain long term truth there:  Once customers stop coming to a location...not all ever return.   Some do...some don't.  It will take a lot of time to build back customers and visitors.  And all that falls on the landlord, not the tenants.  A debacle.  

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There is another that is even better and more confusing, next time I go by there I will take a picture and post.  Guaranteed to bring a smile and laugh to anyone who views it.

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