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Known originally as Peach Grove and then Tysons Corner for the longest time, Tysons became the community’s official name in 2016 as recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau. Tysons is affluent with a median family income of $150,000 and median home values of $500,000, and this unincorporated census designated place is a hub for upscale shopping and corporate headquarters. Students can attend a high-ranking Fairfax County Public Schools district, and good transportation assets include the Capital Beltway (I-495) and State Routes 7,123 and 267. Also, Tysons is only 10 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C.
Tysons is seen as a modern prototype of an edge city. Tysons in its brief 40-year history has been given substantial redevelopment offers for the next 20 to 30 years. This particular area has seen a growing amount of interest as plans to make it an urban center were already begun in 2010. Private-sector development within the United States in combination with political groups have begun the planning process behind the redevelopment of Tysons. There are two forces at work in the creation of an edge city as it can be beneficial to both parties. With the redevelopment process taking place there has been an aggressive push to bring in businesses to Tysons. Edge cities such as Tysons have specific regional accessibility that has been enhanced by major projects funded by federal and state governments. One of the bigger enhancements to transportation specifically to Tysons was the construction “…of the Washington Dulles International Airport and an associated access road and the Capital Beltway but also expansions to state roads”. Location and transportation is important to the creation of edge cities, this city is an example of investments placed on the surrounding area.
As for the future of Tysons, the plan remains to see the city become the downtown core of Fairfax County. There is a clear purpose to the investments and the future when investing into edge cities. To this point “…eight districts have been delimited, with four centered on new metro stations being transit-oriented development districts”. Future plans to transportation around the area continue to be made, the accessibility of the area is on the rise with many forms of transportation being formed. “The aims of the plan are for 75% of development to be within half a mile of metro stations, an urban center of 200,000 jobs and 100,000 residents, a jobs balance of 4.0 per household”. Many of these plans have been created in order to create a fully metropolitan city from a small town. The small edge cities progressively become larger with the creation of distinct plans. For many individuals the interest with edge cities lies in what they can show about new trends across city regions. Tysons is a prime example of the future of edge cities and what other small towns all around the world could become.
Located just outside of Washington, DC – Tysons Corner Center is Virginia’s premier shopping destination with stores like Apple, Nordstrom, Restoration Hardware, Lenkersdorfer, and Sephora and restaurants including Barrel & Bushel, Eddie V's, The Capital Grille, Earl's, and Coastal Flats. It is also home to AMC Theatres, Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, and VITA Luxury Apartments. Tysons Corner stores are comprised of three main areas/malls: Fairfax Square, Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria. From everyday brands to luxury items, Tysons Corner has got your shopping needs covered! Don’t forget to plan a meal after a day of shopping. Explore all the best Tysons Corner mall restaurants.
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides public primary and secondary education to Tysons residents. Five FCPS schools are located in Tysons: Freedom Hill Elementary School, Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Westbriar Elementary School, Spring Hill Elementary School, and Westgate Elementary School. Resident high school students attend nearby George C. Marshall High School, James Madison High School, Langley High School, or McLean High School.
Fairfax County Public Library operates the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in nearby Pimmit Hills.