As of 2005, central Springfield is dominated by the over half-billion dollar Springfield Interchange highway project. The interchange is popularly known as The Mixing Bowl since it involves three interstates, has two exits less than a half mile away, has two unconnected roads (Commerce Street and VA-644 (Old Keene Mill Road / Franconia Road)) going over or under the interstates less than a half mile away, and is further complicated by the presence of a separate, reversible HOV lane passing through the center of two of the interstates.
Springfield's emblematic destination point is Springfield Mall, a large indoor shopping mall. It is typical of American shopping malls in its variety of stores, along with several "anchor" stores such as Macy's, two movie theaters, and a food court. The mall experienced two gang-related stabbings in 2005 and has seen other violent crimes over the years.
Springfield remains a conservative stronghold in increasingly left-leaning Northern Virginia. This may be due in part to the prevalence of military families living near Fort Belvoir and The Pentagon and the highly commercial nature of the area.
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