The Fight for Fairfax: A Struggle for a Great American County

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Overview

The Fight for Fairfax presents the story of a group of local citizens in Fairfax County, Virginia, and their efforts over the past half-century to invent a place that would be more than simply a Washington, D.C., suburb. Told from the group’s point of view, the book chronicles their vision of Fairfax and the steps they took to bring it to life. The group faced many opponents, including populist politicians and anti-growth forces, and this book examines those clashes as part of the overall story.

The Fairfax pro-development group—a zoning attorney, a university president, two defense contractors, a homebuilder and several county officials, real estate developers, and engineers—believed their work would transform Fairfax’s rural landscape into what might be called the cradle of the Information Age. And indeed, Fairfax has become a vibrant economic hub that boasts of modern industries, high-paying jobs, superior public schools, a multicultural workforce, and abundant open spaces. In making the case for these architects of change, the author, who extensively researched the subject and conducted numerous interviews with key players, produces an eloquent account that must be considered by all—those who agree with and even those who question the development.

The Fight for Fairfax will appeal to a diverse audience, including local Virginia history buffs and scholars and those with an interest in business history, especially in terms of the challenges and opportunities that are often linked to growth and change.

Distributed for George Mason University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981877952
  • Publisher: George Mason University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 990,586
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Russ Banham is a veteran business journalist and author of nineteen books, including The Ford Century and Wanderlust. He has written articles for numerous publications, including Forbes, the Economist, the WallStreet Journal, the Financial Times, and U.S. News and World Report.

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Table of Contents

Preface Joel Garreau vii

Acknowledgement xi

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 The Great Migration 1

Chapter 2 Crossroads of Change 27

Chapter 3 Closed for Business 57

Chapter 4 Land Use by Litigation 99

Photo Section Past to Present to Future Vision 127

Chapter 5 A Blue Ribbon Resolution 159

Chapter 6 Uniting For Change 195

Chapter 7 From Recession to Renaissance 229

Chapter 8 Nexus of Prosperity 261

Afterword 287

Chapter Endnotes 289

List of Illustrations: Sources and Credits 300

Index 305

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