What Would You Improve in Vienna in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Vienna, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Vienna to make it an even better place to live?

Is it more community gardens? Improving traffic along Route 123? Finally quieting the ongoing noise in neighborhoods by the TSC? Seeing more businesses flourish along the Maple Ave and Church Street corridors? 

What is on your Vienna wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Carol Lewis January 01, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I disagree, Ron. I think that part of the Town's business is to provide recreational activities and opportunities here in Vienna. Parks and Recs does a great job with the classes they provide; why not other things? Why do we have to go out of Vienna to enjoy them?
Carol Lewis January 01, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Caribou Coffee on Maple Ave East is delightful! A movie theater would be great.There was one when we moved to Vienna in 1991.
Laura B. January 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
We have two Starbucks and a Caribou, but we also have a bunch of small independent places that sell coffee. My own favorite is Caffe Amouri, and there's also Jammin Java, Plush, Sweet City Desserts, Cafe Nemooneh, and probably others. No lack of a place to get coffee here, so you don't have to settle for that burned-tasting stuff.
Jack Delaney January 01, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Ron why do you believe that bikes do not belong on the road? The VA code defines bikes as vehicles and gives cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as cars and trucks. "Stay on the bike trail where you belong" really? The W&OD runs east west, how do I ride my bike from Vienna to GMU for classes? Does the bike trail run out to Manassas? These are places I ride to. Look beyond the end of your own nose please.
Ron January 01, 2013 at 10:25 PM
I didn't say that Bikes don't belong on the road. They just don't belong on Maple Avenue. I also know the VA code re Bikes as I am a rider too. We don't have some right of passage everywhere. The simple fact is that Bikes cannot be on every road safely and putting Bikers in unsafe conditions is dangerous. Insulting people doesn't help the discussion.
Ron January 01, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Carol: We belong to a Swim Club and pay for our own pool privileges. It doesn't seem reasonable that people who don't need Skate parks or pools should pay for the recreation of others? The Town has a lot on its plate and doesn't need things it cannot afford. Raising taxes on people who have no use for or cannot use facilities that are "nice to have" when necessities should be the priority is not what Government should be about. Vienna is a great Community, but we need to think about the effect of our decisions have on those who may be less able to afford niceties. Swimming pools, for instance, are expensive luxuries that we can do without, especially when our County taxes already provide such facilities within 10 minutes of Vienna.
Carol Lewis January 01, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Ron, I pay taxes for a lot of things I don't use or need or want, but taxes go for the common good. True, I wouldn't want my taxes raised to support a skate park but if the money's there I have no objection. I like to see the Town do things to support our children and our families.
Lynda O January 01, 2013 at 11:04 PM
key words...rights and responsibilities...Bikers who do not obey traffic signals are a danger to all and I see this all he time.
Angel Eyes January 01, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Maple Street is narrow. I'm sure there is a right of domain to each side of the traffic where sidewalks and bike paths can be installed for the safety of all, as they are all over the Reston area. This makes for better enjoyment of our community for all of us. I'd like to see a movie theater. I'd also like our Library pumped up with more and better. (It's the education of our next generation.) The programs at the Library are lacking also. There is a need for story hours for mom's and babies/tots. Babies learn to love the library by "going to it". A lot of moms are already overwhelmed and find it difficult to plan out a good program to get themselves and their babies socializing. I've lived in Upstate NY and in Atlanta, GA and these mom and baby programs are excellent. I confused why such an excellent educational system (Fairfax Co. Schools) would have libraries the don't start younger. I think the parking garage is an excellent idea and much needed. I've circled around that same area (Bazin's, the bike shop, the Ice Cream store, etc to no avail. I left, which hurts business, because there was no parking or the parking was reserved ONLY for a particular establishment and I didn't want a ticket. Thanks for reading.
Jack Delaney January 02, 2013 at 12:54 AM
My comments was not meant to insult you but to call attention to your initial comments. The thread was about what you want to see in Vienna in 2013. Someone wished for bike lanes and a skate park. Your comment said : "Stay where you belong - on the Bike paths already in existence." I could only read that one way: get off my roads! Your other comments, which argued against a skate park, a community pool and other projects give me the impression that you are against anything that wouldn't benefit you and to hell with anyone else. This was the source of my comment; sorry for any confusion. I'm out.
Melanie Meren January 02, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Vienna has much to offer and does already. Being aspirational, here is my wish list: - More places to eat outdoors, with a nice view of something (not a parking lot) - An indoor children's play space for bad weather days - A nice sports bar with good food - Funky, independent shops that sell affordable goods (art, clothing, books, etc) - Agree with R above about the Halloween parade - less political, not tied to Christmas - just make it about Halloween! - Less restrictions on who can park in what spaces (i.e., Walgreens lot, Terra Christa lot) - share more! - Less of what we have much of already - drug stores, banks, mattress stores, phone stores, other chains
Wien January 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
As a runner, cyclist, and driver in Vienna, I see more drivers who don't obey traffic signals and common sense than cyclists - and those consequences are much more dire. But I also realize that in driving, much like cycling, a few bad apples spoil the reputation of them all. The "nothing but hate" attitude that cars have for cyclists disgusts me, especially since a majority of bike/car collisions in the US are cyclists hit from behind by distracted drivers. If we want to focus on dangers to us all, it'd be more enforcement and common courtesy on the roadways. Followed possibly by dogs on leash on W&OD - which has become a big problem for walkers, runners, and cyclists, especially as those walking east along the bridle path intersect and join the main trail for portions in and around Vienna.
M Lynch January 02, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Take a left after the empty lot (which will soon boast 100 spaces for you), take a left at the bike store, and park in the non-reserved gravel area. Walk less than a few blocks to every major store on Church Street. You don't need a full garage, especially one which is going to charge for parking, to park close to those stores. Much as others have said, I've not come up empty in that gravel lot, ever. Sheesh, it's a good thing some of you folks don't live closer to downtown or in an actual city where you have to find street parking. The entitlement of parking right at the doorstep of a store. Get creative. Walk a bit. And the 'hurts business' argument is a red herring used by private developers who are working with the town. The businesses next to the proposed parking garage have already stated unequivocally that they did not want a garage. And absent that, a smaller structure. So apparently businesses on Church aren't having the same concerns that our politicians are...who's helping who?
B January 02, 2013 at 02:50 AM
A new Mayor! Mayor Seaman has without a doubt served the Town of Vienna with passion, dedication, and hard work. But it is time to move on.
Ron January 02, 2013 at 11:18 AM
I apologize if my comments appeared to say I was against everything. That was not the intent. I just think Maple Avenue is very unsafe for Bikers under any circumstances. The traffic is horrendous at rush hours and around noon time. we don't need people getting hurt.
Donald Grandola January 02, 2013 at 01:49 PM
My wish list: - decreased class sizes at local elementary schools (30+ kids for my daughter's 5th grade is insane) - re-develop the shopping center at park & cedar (so much crime/drunk in public there) - tell our cops to only ticket people from oakton, fairfax city and reston - maybe they will stay away from 123 - ban ALL politicians from the halloween parade - ban ALL political signs
Phil Ingrassia January 02, 2013 at 01:49 PM
That's a great idea. It's unfortunate that the Glyndon field is in such poor shape. The upgrade to the fencing and dugouts from a few years ago is good, but the field itself needs some TLC.
Beau Dure January 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I'd love to see a Wawa on the site of the old BP.
Beau Dure January 02, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Sports bar! Yes! If I were more entrepreneurial, I'd do it myself.
willy January 02, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I agree about the Park and Cedar shopping Center!
Dave January 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Obviously those businesses mentioned make a profit or they couldn't afford to be here. Anyone who is willing to take the risk is welcome to open whatever business they believe would be a good investment. Good luck making money owning a book store these days. Plus I already know several places in Vienna that make rotisserie chicken.
Dave January 02, 2013 at 05:27 PM
A bowling alley - One at FFX Circle is usually empty so I don't see how that would prosper A movie theater that shows old movies—or any movies. - can't compete with new theaters in Merrifield and Tysons A pattern-book for people building new houses - moved here to get away from HOAs but I didn't know the town building process would be so difficult so abolish Town of Vienna Planning and Zoning department. An art gallery - there are several, one near Nutley and 123 and another at Vienna Art Society. A real live diner - Amphora. A coffee shop that isn't a Starbucks - too many to list.
Dave January 02, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Abolish Town of Vienna Planning and Zoning department and let land owners build what they want on their property (within reason of course but current process is way to restrictive).
Carol Lewis January 03, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Dave, who decides what is "within reason". Maybe the restrictions should be changed, but I've seen some pretty monstrous houses go up in our little neighborhood. They look out of place (or they will until the whole area becomes McMansions) and they change the shading of the neighbor's yards and their views as well. If these were built with the current restrictions, I'd hate to see what goes up without them!
Dave January 03, 2013 at 01:27 AM
One person's castle is another person's monstrous McMansion. Beauty is in the eye... 'Within reason' meant that building heights were not unlimited and not about the style or shape. Setbacks need to be less restrictive. Eclectic is more interesting than a town full of Yonas built ranch houses.
Carol Lewis January 03, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I guess "interesting" is in the eye of the beholder too!
Jojo Cakenput January 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
The biggest issue in Vienna is our water bill. As a long time resident, I've seen it skyrocket. Let's fix that before any other projects. Jojo
Kathleen Lake January 03, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I would like to see an "elder playground" in Vienna. Our population is aging but we are staying "younger" longer. I'm 65 and still go down slides with my grand kids. I love swings. Obviously we probably don't need slides on playgrounds for seniors but we need exercise activities that are fun. These playgrounds started in China in 1995. By 2009 there were an estimated 50,000 senior playgrounds there. Finland, Japan, Germany, Canada and England have added these to their communities. I love the Community Center and all that it offers. My kids grew up taking classes there. However I would say the majority of opportunites are for the younger set. The one free class of exercise for seniors is 2 days a week from 11 to 12. This does not work for everyone's schedule. A park for seniors would give us the opportunity to go with friends or alone and work out, socialize, laugh and act as young as we feel (until we look in the mirror). I would like to see some of my tax dollars going to my age group too.
KM January 05, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I would liket to see that new building in Vienna, redo of facades, all have consistently. A small town look. Everything looks different and doesn't have the homey feel. I grew up in Vienna and don't like the look of any shopping centers. Driving through Vienna as a stranger to the area, I would not think that Vienna is a nice looking town .
Ron January 05, 2013 at 01:22 PM
For those who joined in the discusiion about bike lanes on Maple Avenue, I suggest you take a look at the new bike lanes on Gallows Road near where Gallows transitions into Old Courthouse Road as your heading toward Tysons Corner. The bike lanes were added recently. they are about 5 feet wide from the curb. Now, just imagine taking 10 feet of Maple Avenue for Bike lanes. There goes one entire lane for auto traffic on an already tight road for traffic!


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