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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com — March 26, 2012 at 8:35 am 2,418 25 Comments

Faith-Based Advocates Seek More Affordable Housing — A coalition of local churches and community advocates is asking Arlington County to quadruple the amount of tax support it devotes to affordable housing. At a large gathering on Saturday, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) also expressed support for Arlington refocusing its affordable housing efforts to benefit those in the lowest income brackets. [Sun Gazette]

New Metrobus Service Coming — To help make up for a forthcoming service change that will mean six additional minutes of waiting time for trains between the Pentagon and Rosslyn, Metro is expanding bus service between Crystal City and Rosslyn. [Dr. Gridlock]

Freeze Watch Tonight — The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for tonight. Gardeners should take extra precautions to protect plants should temperatures dip below 32 degrees as forecast. [Capital Weather Gang]

Arlington Educators Honored — Updated at 10:10 a.m. – Patrick Henry Elementary School principal Dr. Lisa Piehota and Wakefield High School teacher Dr. Laurrell Wiersma have been named the Arlington Public Schools principal and teacher of the year. In addition, Drs. Piehota and Wiersma have been honored with the Distinguished Educational Leadership and Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher awards by the Washington Post. A total of 39 teachers and principals from throughout the region were honored by the Post.

Photo courtesy Derek Heiss

  • OldTimer

    Smoke on the water…

    • Arlingtonian

      Too bad the fog’s over D.C. It’s not fair. Arlington deserves it.

  • Jack

    Great photo Arlnow!

    • Good Grief

      Agreed!

      • CrystalMikey

        +2!

    • Josh S

      +1

      • http://www.arlnow.com Lauren

        +3 or 4 or 5??

      • Make it complex

        + i

  • JamesE

    100% of Arlington should be affordable housing.

    • KalashniKEV

      …and it is. To those who can afford it.

      • drax

        No more whining about high property taxes.

        • KalashniKEV

          They wouldn’t have to be so high if we weren’t feeding the pigeons…

  • BallstonNOTBoston

    That photo is gangster.

  • alebt

    Kudos to Derek Heiss!

  • Transplant

    Arlington is affordable, to me.

  • http://shirlingtonv.blogspot.com Googla

    What bus service between Crystal City and Rosslyn? There is no such thing.

    • Arlingtonian

      There is bus service between Rosslyn and Crystal City, but you need to make one or more transfers. That’s probably not going to change. Here’s a quote from the link:

      “The Metro board also approved adding bus service to lines in Crystal City and Rosslyn to try to help alleviate the impact of its “Rush+” service,”

  • nunya

    who put the foggy in your bottom? nice pic.

  • Tabs

    Six minutes longer for a Blue Line train, plus the usual too-long wait for 16 buses from Pentagon City = no more taking the Blue Line.

    • CrystalMikey

      What about 16 buses from the Pentagon?

      • Tabs

        I often work late, and have gotten off at Pentagon, only to find that I’m stuck there with no prospect of buses. So then it’s the non-pedestrian-friendly trek out to the P’gon City.

        And later, when Metro is still running but no buses? Nightmare. I’ve had to go into apartment buildings to ask the watchman to call me a cab.

  • xcurmudgeon

    “Affordable” housing advocates would make housing less affordable for moderate income and elderly folks who own their homes, to pay for the housing lottery for lower income folks. It won’t work.

    • sue

      Yes. This is not something Arlington needs to be focusing on right now.

  • MC

    Religious organizations should stay out of politics. If they want to create their own affordable housing without state money, that’s fine, but they are abusing the separation of church and state when the ask for state money to run their own housing projects. Someone in need of housing shouldn’t have to endure discrimination or pressure by religious groups because they don’t agree with them, and I’ve never heard of any “faith-based” organization that happily accepts atheists and doesn’t want to convert them. Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize the activity of bigots.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Are they asking for state money for their own projects? That’s not how I read the article. It seems the organizations were instead simply advocating for more affordable housing. Where did you read that they’re looking to build their own housing projects?

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