Interesting piece in Sunday's Washington Post. I don't want to copy and paste it here, since you can still read it free online if you don't mind registering:
The Post claims that Virginia Republican Congressman Tom Davis is opposing a proposal to concentrate development around the Vienna metro, located in his Fairfax County-based district (so much for Republican desire for local control, I guess). Davis is a wily politician, and his concern is that Fairfax is trending Democrat, and the last thing that he needs is more urban-style development in his district since "all it does is produce Democrats," as he allegedly has said.
Maybe this belongs in another thread, but I think that the political dimensions of planning as have played out in the Vienna case are illustrative. Fairfax is increasingly the battleground in the DC area for this sort of struggle between those who wish to pretend that the county is still rural (even though its population is over a million) and those who wish to introduce more urban-style development in a county dominated by a traditional (post war) suburban-style built environment.