Tysons Corner will now be known as just Tysons, Corinne Reilly and Victor Zapana reported Friday for the Washington Post.
“It’s fresh. It’s crisp,” said Michael Caplin, executive director of the nonprofit association, Tysons Partnership.
The new shortened name is not official and businesses and signs can keep the “corner” in the name but officials hope the shortened version will become part of people’s vernacular.
Providence district supervisor Linda Q. Smyth said the decision to change the name was “something that sort of happened.”
The decision was apparent when a marketing plan for the new Tysons was presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last week. The presenter inadvertently said “Tysons Corner” and was quickly corrected, according to the article.
“It indicates more than what Tysons Corner has meant historically,” Caplin said. “We want people to recognize that something exciting is happening here.”
Sharon Bulova, chairman of the board of supervisors, said she hopes “Tysons” will be a green, bustling urban center where people live and play.
The county has been planning to transform Tysons Corner from “a sprawling office park” into “a walkable, vibrant downtown,” that will be home to 100,000 residents and 200,000 workers by 2050.