In class we have been exposed to different aspects of community organizing at the local level. This paper will examine the impact community organizing is having on a commercial/residential development project named Mason Row and its effect on the local residents in Falls Church, Virginia. The development of Mason Row will bring both more commercial and residential development to the city. Its current submission includes studio, one and two bedroom apartments as well as several stores and a small movie theater. When developers in conjunction with the local government look to change the landscape of a residential neighborhood, there are bound to be concerns and questions from those already living in the neighborhood. In the case of Mason Row the primary concerns of the residential neighbor are the aesthetic look of the new development, increased traffic flow and on street parking concerns. This paper will examine how the concerns by the neighbors have been brought to the developer and the local government.
Paper written by Taylor Ford Sec. 1