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Old 07-12-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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I read a brief story on the WTOP website about BC getting a pedestrian- friendly renovation, new sidewalks, a streetcar, etc. There was also a passing reference to the fact that a metro station had been planned for this area but was abandoned. This was before my time. Anyone know the history. I work in this area and it is oddly developed. The Skyline complex is out of place but if a Metro stop had been planned for the area it wouldn't seem so odd.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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I think you mean Bailey's Crossroads. It has an interesting history, check out wikipedia for a brief summary. There was a drive in theater there back in the 60's and a small airport. I took my first airplane ride there in 1964 or 65. Car54 can give you more of the history of that area.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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I lived on Leesburg Pike closer to Seven Corners when several floors of a Skyline building under construction pancaked. The ambulances were streaming back and forth along the Pike. I, too, remember the Airport and drive-in that still existed when I moved into the area in 1967. Down the road a bit at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Columbia Pike there stood several quaint stone homes with a landmark windmill. I believe the planned streetcar line will run along Columbia Pike.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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Of course I meant crossroads, not crossing. Sorry. What I'm more curious about is the reason the Metro didn't come throught BC. Was it going to be a totally different line, or an extension or slight detour from the blue or orange line? Did more powerful developers pull strings to get it to go a different direction?
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Info on the Pike Transit Initiative. Like a lot of other things, the recession has pushed things back some, but it's such a sensible idea that it will get built out in some form eventually.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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Of course I meant crossroads, not crossing. Sorry. What I'm more curious about is the reason the Metro didn't come throught BC. Was it going to be a totally different line, or an extension or slight detour from the blue or orange line? Did more powerful developers pull strings to get it to go a different direction?

I've lived in Annandale since 1951 and as a kid, I remember hearing adults voicing their opposition to Metro coming anywhere near Annandale....they feared the crime a subway might bring. But, remember this was the 60's...and many major U. S. cities including DC, were burning, or were going to burn. That scared the folks in Annandale....they didn't want to be a quick subway ride from the urban mayhem. Plus, traffic was a non-issue back then...there just wasn't any, except for a little at the real "mixing bowl", which was near the Pentagon. Oh, and Shirley Highway (now I-395) would be delayed if a long train was crossing the highway (near Glebe Rd).

A Columbia Pike Metro line was planned but never built....there is even a dead-end stub tunnel in the Pentagon Station...that's where trains were going to peel off and head out Columbia Pike.

Basically, I think citizen opposition killed the Columbia Pike Line (and others). It's ironic that people nowadays pay through the nose to be near a Metro Station....and folks in the 60's fought tooth and nail to NOT be near one...

There is a book by a GMU professor that you can buy if interested in Metro history:

The Great Society Subway: a History of the Washington Metro by Zachary M. Schrag
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:06 AM
 
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Thanks car54. That was interesting. I've been told that is the reason there's no metro stop in Georgetown--to keep out the "undesireables"
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thanks car54. That was interesting. I've been told that is the reason there's no metro stop in Georgetown--to keep out the "undesireables"
Also the reason the "purple line" had pushback. It was supposed to be an outer loop type line, but MoCo folks didn't want PG County people to come over. I believe at least part of it was going to connect the green line to the red line.
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