We’re starting out a bit differently this week by partnering up with some other county bloggers and bringing you a broad array of posts about one theme, Crystal City.
Why Crystal City?
We want to highlight where Crystal City has been, where it is now, and where it’s going. In 2005, the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendation to move 13,000 jobs out of Crystal City placed the area at a cross roads. As part of the County’s response to that recommendation, the Crystal City Sector Plan was recently approved by the County Board and outlines a broad vision for the area in the next 40 years. This future vision for Crystal City will help to guide change and is designed to accommodate significant growth and reinvestment. The successful implementation of the plan will require careful and strategic efforts in areas such as transportation, housing, and public open space, to name a few. We hope to bring you a few of these stories about Crystal City this week.
Wait, Crystal City got its name from a Chandelier?
Before we dive in, let’s start with the fact that Crystal City got its name from a chandelier. This Washington Post article from 1995 gives a great explanation of how that came to be:
Crystal City only became known by that name after Smith was well into developing the area, a neighborhood then known simply as Route 1. Sterling said Smith wanted to give the place a new image — so he put an elaborate crystal chandelier in the lobby of the first building and named it Crystal House. Every building thereafter took the Crystal name: Crystal Gateway, Crystal Towers, Crystal Square, Crystal Plaza. Some of these buildings carry the address of Crystal Drive. Eventually the whole neighborhood took on the Crystal name.
Next, Part 2: Crystal City Then and Now