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by ARLnow.com | May 3, 2012 at 8:50 am | 849 views | 23 Comments

Arlington, Alexandria Compete for Federal Funds — Alexandria’s planned transit corridor along Route 1 is competing with Arlington’s proposed Columbia Pike streetcar for a limited pool of federal transporation funds. Meanwhile, Alexandria officials are still upset that Arlington declined to help pay for a study that could have helped Alexandria obtain federal funding for the Route 1 transit project, which the two jurisdictions have been otherwise cooperating on. [Connection Newspapers]

Democratic School Board Slate Set — Incumbent Emma Violand-Sanchez and political newcomer Noah Simon have received the Democratic endorsement for Arlington County School Board, all but guaranteeing their election in November. [Sun Gazette]

Condo Building Sells Out in Weeks — A new condo building at 1221 N. Quinn Street, in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood, sold out of all 13 units  in just a matter of weeks this past winter. [CityBiz List]

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  • South Awwlington

    I would like to know the exact set of circumstances that led to the disintegration of the Route 1 Corridor Streetcar. Was there bargaining in bad faith? The people or Arlington and Alexandria deserve better and deserve to know if their elected officials are damaging our reputations with neighboring jurisdictions.

  • Loach

    One could almost surmise that Arlington led Alexandria down a preconceived path of ever-narrowing options before pulling the rug out and leaving Alexandria at a competitive disadvantage. I’m sure nothing of the sort would ever occur, however.

    • DLGlenCarlyn

      just settle it with tag-team cage match to the death between Arlington County Board and Alexandria City Council ….

      I’d buy tickets to that!!

  • JamesE

    No matter how many times I walk past that statue I always think it is a real person.

    • Falls Church Heifer

      Keep Michael Gardner away from it.

    • billj

      My dog loves to bark at McKenzie

    • Arlingtonian

      Don’t just walk past the statue. Look in the water can. You can sometimes see mosquito larvae. Great food at the Ballston Metro station when they grow up.

  • Ty

    13 units??? Jese. Please start building up, these tiny dinky condos are pointless

    • WeiQiang

      … except, maybe, to the owners of the 13 condos.

    • Clarendon

      I’d rather they build ten of the 13 unit condos on a block, rather than one 130 unit condo, everything else being equal (height, density, etc).

      • Josh S

        Having trouble imagining this…..

    • craig

      sold in weeks? Great job to the Realtor! NOT they failed to mention that the buyers of those condos but them as investment and are just going to resell them at a profit in 6 months.

      • Lee-n-Glebe

        Your point being . . . ?

      • Underwater

        This ain’t 2005.

        • R. Griffon

          No, but this ain’t Manassas either. Prices in Arlington have remained steady or even climbed throughout the downturn.

          How much would you wager those units will be worth next year at this time?

          • Arlingtonian

            The units will be worth less than you might think if Congress gets serious and cuts the federal budget.

          • Bursting Bubble

            The fall is pretty much inevitable but I think that it will drag out for a while.
            The federal budget is going to be cut by a large percentage over the next decade….not willingly but it is fairly certain to happen.

  • nom de guerre

    The bronze color of the “skin” on the statue looks an awful lot like the “tanning mom” from New Jersey who allegedly took her 5 year old to the tanning salon and supposedly goes there for 20 days per month. Also a lot like Snooki who also hails from New Jersey.

    • JamesE

      Well it is out all day in the sun

    • Ali

      Snooki actually is from New York.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    This trolley stuff is the worst side of local politics – instead of cooperative efforts that spreads the burden and gets economies of scale – the ACB locks in on the one where they are beholden to the Pike interests that they have made premature promises too; and where they will be able to impose their will without constraint.

    • Arlington Way!!

      “The Arlington Way” at work !!

      But notice how the sound bite catch phrase is much easier to say……

  • ronfrom22207

    If Arlington and Alexandria are really directly competing for the same dollars, Arlington is going to be sadly disappointed. Alexandria’s BRT is the more cost effective type of solution that the feds are willing to fund. Heck, even Arlington’s alternatives study for ColPike showed articulated buses are better from a dollars point of view.

    Suing federal employees over transportation planning will not help their case either, lol.

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