Photo 2. Outdoor dining. What a concept!! While the dialysis center in FVSC is an important function to the community, it is too bad they are expanding into the of former space of First Cash Advance. As one of my commenters stated, that area is begging to be a cafe with outdoor dining.
For today's blog, I'd like to take a different look at FVSC. I'd like to focus on the building aesthetics. The building has a certain charm that I would like to see accentuated and celebrated. Every time I look at it, I'm reminded of a small shopping center near where I went to graduate school in Ithaca, NY called Community Corners.
Here are some inspirational photos from the Friends of Community Corners website with my commentary:
Photo 1. Look at how they are creative with the landscaping. While the parking lot at FVSC may be too small for a large rectangular planter, it could definitely be revived with some hanging plants and small potted trees. Maybe it is just me, but I also like the white building with the large country bay windows. A country feel in the middle of an urban area.
Ideas for Fairfax Village Shopping Center
- Paint the building a Dutch-blue, a medium-dark gray, or a butter yellow with the white accent to enhance charm and blend with the colors of the Fairfax Village condo community
- Replace hedges with lower hedges and other flowers to add color. Add an open gate in dark color to compliment architecture of building.
- Disguise the large dumpsters with architectural structures and/or landscaping