Eye-Catching Decals Link City of Fairfax and GMU

Effort mimics relationships in other college towns

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:21 PM EDT
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A collaboration between George Mason University and the City of Fairfax yields

Northern Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey

A collaboration between George Mason University and the City of Fairfax yields "We are Mason" road decals on main routes in the city.

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George Mason University students will notice an eye-catching difference when they return to campus next week.

Drivers in the City of Fairfax are already seeing giant "We are Mason" decals painted on the main routes through the city leading to campus.

GMU alumnus and longtime Fairfax City Council member Jeff Greenfield pushed to get the decals designed and funded. Like other major universities that feature these kinds of signs, they will mark Mason's growing stature, he said. He also wanted to remind residents of the relationship between the university and Fairfax City.

Six signs have been painted already on city streets and more will be added to the campus.

The university and city shared the cost of the decals. Greenfield said already a few residents have asked if they can have the decals painted on their driveways.

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