An invitation to participate from the City of Fairfax’s name review team

This is a message directly from the City of Fairfax to residents. Fairfax City Seeks Applicants for Community Engagement Stakeholder Group Fairfax City has launched Connecting Fairfax City For All, a candid and open dialogue around issues of racial and social equity. We invite you to participate in the first step of this initiative by applying toContinue reading “An invitation to participate from the City of Fairfax’s name review team”

Civil War Summary, Part 2: Major Battles

As our neighborhood explores our relationship with our street and community names, the Community Forward team has researched and written about topics deemed contextually relevant. This blog post is the second in a two-part series providing a very brief summary of the civil war. Read Part 1: A Fight Over Slavery and explore more contextContinue reading “Civil War Summary, Part 2: Major Battles”

Civil War Summary, Part 1: A Fight Over Slavery

As our neighborhood explores our relationship with our street and community names, the Community Forward team has researched and written about topics deemed contextually relevant. This blog post is the first in a two-part series providing a very brief summary of the civil war. Read Part 2: Major Battles and explore more context posts onContinue reading “Civil War Summary, Part 1: A Fight Over Slavery”

City launches engagement process on racial and social equity and nomenclature

The City Council has launched a community engagement process to address racial and social equity and nomenclature in Fairfax City. Working in conjunction with George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the City Council will provide a platform for facilitating community engagement on the topics of confederate-related street andContinue reading “City launches engagement process on racial and social equity and nomenclature”

Community Forward Listening Sessions: A Respectful Place to Share Common Values

Community Forward completed the first round of listening sessions in October and we are coming up on the last seven sessions in November. We are pleased to report that positive and thought-provoking discussions were had in an environment of respect and curiosity. We are also pleased to report that participants varied in age from 13Continue reading “Community Forward Listening Sessions: A Respectful Place to Share Common Values”

The history and process of renaming streets in the City of Fairfax

  Did you know that street names in Fairfax have changed from time to time? In 2004 the City changed the name of Lee Hwy. (Rt. 50 & Rt. 29) to Fairfax Blvd. as part of a rebranding effort. The City also changed Rebel Run to Lion Run in June 2020. This change coincided withContinue reading “The history and process of renaming streets in the City of Fairfax”

Community Forward September-to-October updates

The Community Forward working group has continued to meet each week as whole as well as in smaller teams. We have been working to educate ourselves on the relevant issues and ideas involved in possible street or neighborhood renaming, we’ve been having conversations with neighbors over email, and we’ve been preparing to connect with ourContinue reading “Community Forward September-to-October updates”