Big projects are underway in East Falls Church. Developers and local leaders want to make it a commercial and residential hub at the intersection of a major highway and the local commuter rail line.
Which sounds pretty much like what East Falls Church once was. Route 29 crossed the Washington & Old Dominion line. Shops and a movie theater sat across the street from the train station. Most everything was vaporized to make way for the I-66 trench. Railroad buffs rescued the station and moved it to the Shenandoah Valley.
Where the Westlee condominiums stand, local residents used to dump trash, industrial waste and the occasional Model T along the banks of Four Mile Run. An oil-tank farm was there in World War II, and most recently a used-car lot.
— Peter Overby
La Cote D'Or, a French county restaurant, has long occupied two old storefronts on the corner. Now a new condo looms across the street, and an even bigger building is going up right next door.
Someone decided the Westlee condo project needed a sculpture. Its meaning isn't exactly clear.
Tim Winslow delivers food to the Bear Rock Cafe, in the Westlee.
Axel McAhren checks out the cafe as he takes his morning constitutional. His father Scott provides logistical support.
Jack Hughes pays the bill at Suburban Animal Hospital. Zeke admires the art.