Fairfax County Government Center

12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA

Submitted by: Allen Muchnick

This building is HQ for Fairfax County, the most populous and wealthy locality in both the state of Virginia and metropolitan Washington D.C.


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Why It Doesn't Work

Isolated between major highways in the midst of dysfunctional suburban sprawl, and surrounded by oceans of surface parking spaces with no other building in sight, this governmental office building and meeting place is a monument to awful civic planning. Nothing short of abandonment and relocation as a transit-oriented development near a public transportation center would adequately address this place's shortcomings for its intended purpose.

What Puts Fairfax County Government Center in the Hall of Shame?

Access is primarily by automobile and requires long, unprotected walks to the building entrance. Nothing else is within walking distance. No bicycle parking facilities.

Vast, open sea of asphalt parking, little greenery, and no large trees. Site appears clean and well-maintained, and there may even be seating, but nobody would sit in such a desolate space.

Appears isolated and deserted.

Except to form carpools, I would not meet in this outdoor space. I might show it off because it's so bizarre.

Contact Info:

General Information: 703-691-7320 (Press 4); Fairfax County, VA website

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