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Old 09-26-2009, 12:00 AM
 
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Wow Denton, you mean when school board members are ELECTED, you end up with all politicians? Who'da thunk it!

And when our school board was APPOINTED (not so long ago), there were all bureaucrats. Equally amazing!

When everybody was pushing for an elected board....I remember hearing this old adage a lot: "Be careful what you wish for!"
I never liked the idea of an elected school board so I voted against it.

Our previous school board member was just a regular guy from my neighborhood, appointed by the supervisor for my district. He had no allegiance to school staff, the superintendent, or anyone else. He simply did what he thought was best for students and the tax payers. He never had that whole politician attitude. That was MUCH better.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:02 AM
 
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I know Til Hazel. But who is Robert Moses?

Thanks!
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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I know Til Hazel. But who is Robert Moses?

Thanks!

Moses was the legendary and highly controversial "master urban planner" of New York City for 50+ years....the guy largely responsible for how the place looks today.

Til Hazel shouldn't be mentioned in the same paragraph with Moses....there's no comparison.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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Moses was the legendary and highly controversial "master urban planner" of New York City for 50+ years....the guy largely responsible for how the place looks today.

Til Hazel shouldn't be mentioned in the same paragraph with Moses....Til is small potatoes compared with Moses.
My point is that Til Hazel as a lawyer/developer is responsible for the development of much of Fairfax County (not just Tysons) and thus the look and feel of it--its neighborhoods, shopping malls, roads, and yes freeways!!. His law firm helped acquire the land to build the Capital Beltway. As a "master urban planner" Moses is responsible for New York's expressways, bridges, parks, and other infrastructural projects that significantly altered the city's neighborhoods and drove the suburban housing boom of Long Island, in particular.

Both men altered the urban/suburban landscapes of their regions in very significant ways, and thus my analogy. I think it's a good one.

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Maybe it was his way of keeping Arlington nicer than Fairfax.
Yes. It's interesting how most of suburban Fairfax County has little resemblance to the Arlington of Til Hazel's youth. (I've given explantions in previous posts.) But to his credit, his Burke Center development did aim to tie in the commercial areas to the residential areas with walking paths and sidewalks. However, the planned or "unplanned" developments he built was fairly typical suburban sprawl.

Back when Til Hazel grew up in Arlington, nearby McLean was mostly farmland. The Hazel family, in fact, had a dairy farm in McLean and a custard stand in Clarendon. Many Arlington residents then owned farmland in parts of Fairfax County.

"John T. Hazel, Jr: The visionary who shaped Northern Virginia"
http://www.washingtonian.com/print/articles/6/174/6617.html (broken link)
--you have to scroll down to find the story on Til Hazel.

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I feel bad for San Diego as SAIC was probably one of the few places that helped residents outpace the "sunshine tax". But with so many offices here already, it makes sense that SAIC would consolidate their locations.

Johnrex62: As a defense contractor, SAIC's presence was established long before any stimuli.
As a consultant in the Federal Sector I am fully aware of SAIC's role in contracting and it's facilities around the world. It and many others are greatly boosting their presence in the DC area to cash in on the growth of the federal bureaucracy and the potential for political favor from these new and growing agencies. SAIC does not only perform contracts for military defense. Many of their contracts are under the domain of Homeland Security as well as a multitude of non-defense related agencies. Would it surprise you to learn that they have contracts in the educational sector, NASA, Dept of Interior, Interstate Commerce, FDA?

Growth of government is good for contractors and they will flock to the money. When the money was mostly military spending, they would be near bases and high profile defense plants. Now the money is interior spending and the money is in DC so that is where SAIC want to concentrate their influence.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Bethesda, MD
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I feel bad for San Diego as SAIC was probably one of the few places that helped residents outpace the "sunshine tax". But with so many offices here already, it makes sense that SAIC would consolidate their locations.

Johnrex62: As a defense contractor, SAIC's presence was established long before any stimuli.
According to the San Diego Tribune, only 20 positions are slated to move from San Diego to McLean: SAIC not planning major S.D. job cuts with move - SignOnSanDiego.com

The 1200 positions are estimated new jobs created by SAIC expanding its business. Of course, it does state that additional positions could move from San Diego.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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According to the San Diego Tribune, only 20 positions are slated to move from San Diego to McLean: SAIC not planning major S.D. job cuts with move - SignOnSanDiego.com

The 1200 positions are estimated new jobs created by SAIC expanding its business. Of course, it does state that additional positions could move from San Diego.
Thanks for sharing that. It looks like a winning situation for everyone so far.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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According to the San Diego Tribune, only 20 positions are slated to move from San Diego to McLean: SAIC not planning major S.D. job cuts with move - SignOnSanDiego.com

The 1200 positions are estimated new jobs created by SAIC expanding its business. Of course, it does state that additional positions could move from San Diego.
I can't see SAIC keeping their corporate digs in SD though.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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Wow. Northern VA is really kicking butt with jobs these days! I would move up there in a heartbeat if I can figure out how to afford it!
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Does anyone known when this is supposed to happen? Also, when is Northrop Grumman moving here (and did they choose which city to put the corporate offices)? How about Raytheon? I know Raytheon bought the old AOL campus but when do they move in?
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