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Old 11-07-2022, 04:29 PM
Location: Northern Virginia
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Originally Posted by Hudlander View Post
This sprawl is in an area that is rural, has no infrastructure, and formerly was a very quaint area with the Belvedere Planation. These development, with the light pollution and traffic, absolutely ruin the rural character.
They would be best placed in another part of the county.

I will 100% agree with you that this is an ugly development placed haphazardly into the landscape with no regard for aesthetics or the general setting. I would never purchase there, and would strongly suggest to others to not do so. I've seen many better examples of better implemented new housing developments across the country, but this style of development does seem to be fairly common in the fairly recently built up parts of NoVa further out from D.C.. I find the lack of consideration in the planning of this development far worse than the fact they're building a development out there.

But the reality of it is that it's only a 10-15 minute drive from there to an I-95 on-ramp as well as the Fredericksburg train station. As a result it most definitely has access to the one infrastructural element that matters at the start of sprawl - access to major commuting routes to major economic centers. Everything else will slowly but surely be added if people buy there. If you suddenly have a settlement there, it creates a market for a nearby convenience store, supermarket, restaurants etc. Of course that's precisely what you don't want there, and I get it, but if it succeeds it will happen as it has happened in many areas of Northern Virginia.

Now it's *way* too far out of from the city that it would work for me as a commuter base for D.C., but there are people willing to do it (I talked to a salesperson the other day working in Tyson's but living in Fredericksburg). And there's also people of course who work 'downstream' from D.C., and if you work in Ft. Belvoir or Quantico, it's certainly doable.
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Old 11-08-2022, 02:42 PM
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Its just terrible placement that defaces and vandalizes 250 years of history
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Old 11-27-2022, 07:22 PM
Location: Old Dominion
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Originally Posted by NOVAmtneer82 View Post
Nope- you clearly have the wrong guy. Live / own in N. Arlington and encourage further densification.
You’re right. Wrong poster. I was thinking of Veritas
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