Lorton Patch visited the Shoppes at Lorton Valley on Wednesday to interview residents about their opinions: What they love about Lorton, and on the flip side, what they would change about Lorton if they had the power.
Josh Clardy: "I like the variety of restaurants and it's a pretty friendly neighborhood... and for what I would change? Nothing really, it's an all around good suburban community."
Ted Zweig: "I just like the area... the friendliness of the people and the crime rate... it's a very, very nice place to live. Then I'd get rid of the old prison. Tear it down. It's not historic just because Marion Barry went to jail there."
Mike Smith: "I would restrict the traffic for non-residents, and what I like about Lorton is the woods, trees and park areas."
Katie Zweig: "I'd like more restaurants in the area. I feel like there are not enough of them."
Starbucks Barista Jeff: "I love the Lorton Starbucks, of course. It's the best in the area... and I think we should have more restaurants and less traffic."
Jonathan Dancy: "I like that it's not too far from everything and you don't feel like you are cramped... it's really spacious. I wouldn't mind a few more restaurants."
Cannon Deale: "I like generally the people. Everyone is pretty friendly and courteous. I would like more restaurants. There are no bagel places here."
Cindy Dewitt: "I like the location in relation to different areas of Northern Virginia. It's a nice small community... things are easy to get to. But I would like some nicer restaurants so I don't have to go all the way to Fairfax."