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Amidst Rising Urban Centers, Burke Tries to Find Space of Its Own

Tysons and Merrifield outpace most other development in the area, but in Southern Fairfax County, Burke is trying to find a space of its own, officials say.

Patch File Photo.
Patch File Photo.

This is the final part of a three part series on the identity of Burke. Part One | Part Two

Burke might be known for its history, and its community, but neigh make it easy to explain exactly what makes Burke… well, Burke.

And for that reason, it can be easy for the area to be forgotten as Fairfax County continues to grow and expand alongside areas like Tysons and Merrifield.

Braddock District Supervisor John Cook says he believes the work his office does helps bring attention to the more important Burke issues. There are nearly 6,000 businesses in the greater Burke area, according to Census data, and Cook says redevelopment initiatives will help attract new shops and help existing ones grow.

“I don’t find it challenging to advocate for my district, I find it enjoyable. We are bringing Burke- and Braddock-centered transportation initiatives to the top of the county list, worked with other supervisors to hold down proposed tax increases, and are working to fund school renovations in a responsible manner,” Cook said.

There’s a lot of pride among residents and the community for the place they call home — even if they can't put a finger on what exactly that is

“When I tell people about Burke, I explain it as "the best of both worlds." DC is extremely close and accessible, yet we live in a forested community with virtually no traffic in our neighborhood,” said David Flint on a post on the Burke Patch Facebook page.

Decoding the identity of Burke series on Burke Patch:

Part IBurke: An Oasis Outside the Beltway
Part IIWhat’s in a Name? A Look at Burke’s Roots
Part IIIAmidst Rising Urban Centers, Burke Tries To Find Space of Its Own

Kim McCoy July 25, 2013 at 11:45 PM
BURKE...Don't let Merrifield happen to you. It has been "transformed"...and NOT for the better. Stop the "urbanization" at ALL COSTS. Save yourself while you still can!
davidbmeyers January 10, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Dear Sherrell Williams et Al, Did I eye A small oversight in your annals? Those pesky Vets. (35% of Burke POP.) I somewhat remember: a. Burke VFW Hosts 11th Memorial Day Ceremony b. ... hosts St Patrick Day Corned Beef Dinner Party with Klemzer Musician H David Meyers (Kennedy Center solo Oboeist) at Glory Days Grill (Burke) for Heatherwood Retired Living Vets and Jewish War Veterans. c. Burke VFW awards annual $1,000. Scholarship to local student. d. Burke vets recognize Burke Boy Scouts. e. Vets run community aid program for safety. f. Burke Vets run 7th annual Medal of Honor Golf Benefit honoring MOH Recipients and raising over $15K to Veterans Relief Fund. g. Burke Veterans (VFW and JWV of Burke) raise $2,500. donation to Wounded Warrior (Shooting Range) at BoulderCrestRetreat.org in Bluemont, VA which opened in 2013. h. Helped register to vote over 25 new Burke residents. i. Awarded $100 to essay winner "Voice of Democracy" j. Awarded $$$ to Teacher of Year in Burke. K. Won Blue Ribbon in Fairfax City 4th July Parade, 2013. L. Assisted several recently discharge vets with health & financial issues with our local Service Officer. (details: david b meyers, 703 209 5925 Vice-Commander (USMC Pilot) david, burke vfw/jwv cmdr (from Burke)

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