6 01, 2020

We Attend, So You Don’t Have To!

With apologies to our local newspaper, which used to publish a regular column summarizing a certain television show, so you didn’t have to watch it yourself.  This is the time of year when many organizations host events such as, “End-of-Year Wrap-Up" and “Outlook for Next Year.” Your SFDC staff recently attended the 2019 session sponsored [...]

3 12, 2019

Opportunity Richmond Highway!

By: SFDC Executive Director, Edythe Kelleher Good news from economist Jeannette Chapman (Stephen S. Fuller Institute, George Mason University) and researcher Dan Fulton (Fulton Research): They do NOT anticipate an economic downturn anytime soon. Their expectation is that the US economy will continue to slow down, leading to a “soft landing” rather than a sharp decline.  [...]

30 10, 2019

The Highway of Cool

By: Tom Shaw This story was first published on August 15, 2008, Washington Business Journal “On Site Magazine.” With this history being considered for BRT branding, we thought it appropriate to repost this article. Steeped in the rich history of the colonial seaport of Alexandria and the nation’s capital, the Route 1 corridor — also [...]

16 10, 2019

The Unstoppable March of Change

By: Edythe Kelleher The Jewish High Holidays are upon us, making me think of what next year will hold. One prayer points out how much easier it would be to repeat the previous year. Even if it was a very bad year, facing an unknown future is much more difficult. Humans have a hard time [...]

4 10, 2019

2019 Mary Thonen Beautification Awards

The Mary Thonen Richmond Highway Beautification Awards recognize the local property owners and businesses that go above and beyond to make their properties–and, by extension, Richmond Highway–look beautiful. These folks spruce up their storefronts, take extra care of their flowers, plants, and shrubs, and even maintain public spaces in their immediate vicinity. Every summer, members [...]

30 09, 2019

Mobile Homes: A Different Kind of Housing?

By: Edythe Kelleher Rents for mobile home pad sites are affected by different things than are other types of housing. This came to my mind during last week’s Community Conversation: Part 2, when I was speaking with some long-term residents of Audubon Estates and Harmony Place (some have lived there up to 24 years).  One resident [...]

9 09, 2019

Made in Fairfax Network

MADE IN FAIRFAX NETWORK: Are you a local maker looking to build your business and promote your product? Fairfax County is launching the “Made in Fairfax” Network for Small-Scale Producers- from textiles, hardware, woodworking, and metalworking to breweries and local food production. Goals of the network include: helping to build connections between peer makers; creating [...]

9 09, 2019


By: Edythe Kelleher My son and I were discussing supply and demand the morning he was to take the Social Studies Praxis exam (he wants to teach History). We used housing in the Richmond Highway Corridor for our study and drew some graphs on napkins. Here are some of the things we determined: In the [...]

13 06, 2019

North Gateway Plan Amendment

The proposed North Gateway Plan Amendment was presented to SFDC’s Board of Directors by Sophia Fisher, Fairfax County planner. The presentation covered the main concepts in the proposed plan amendment, existing and planned uses, planned road network, and upcoming milestones and public hearings. Check out the presentation here!  

13 06, 2019

Small Scale Production Initiative

SFDC received a presentation from Fairfax County’s Office of Community Revitalization on the progress of the Small Scale Production Initiative. The Initiative aims to facilitate the location of new types of businesses, focused on small “makers” such as craft breweries or woodworking shops, which reflect changes in the market. In December 2018, a zoning amendment [...]