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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com — December 10, 2012 at 9:05 am 3,149 67 Comments

Courthouse Office Building Approved — At its meeting on Saturday, the Arlington County Board unanimously approved a redevelopment plan for a new 8-story office building at 2311 Wilson Blvd in Courthouse. [Arlington County]

Goody’s Expansion Plan Foiled by the Fiscal Cliff? — Clarendon pizza restaurant Goody’s was featured on the Friday broadcast of NBC Nightly News. The owners of the restaurant say they’re only making a small profit and they’re worried about having to close due to the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff (primarily the increased taxes that could go into effect if no deal is reached). Goody’s owners were planning to expand next year, but have put those plans on hold, according to the broadcast. [NBC News]

First Streetcars, Then Spaceships — Trying to make the point that the County Board doesn’t have a hidden agenda when considering adoption of the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act, Board member Walter Tejada said that public-private partnerships could be used for future projects, and not just for streetcars. “It could be used for spaceships down the line in the future,” he said. [Sun Gazette]

Winter Coats and Clothes Collected — The Rosslyn Business Improvement District collected 119 bags of winter clothing from area businesses and residents over the past month. The clothes will be donated to the homeless clients of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. The Nauck Community Service Center, meanwhile, collected more than 500 coats for distribution to Arlington residents in need.

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

  • SMDC

    If Goody’s is turning a small profit now, that means their business isn’t succeeding regardless of a business cliff. I’m confused by their argument. Perhaps the food should appeal to more than a drunk crowd?

    • SMDC

      *fiscal

    • John Fontain

      “Perhaps the food should appeal to more than a drunk crowd?”

      It does. Their pizza is great! Way better than the twice as costly Pete’s Pizza, that’s for sure.

      • SMDC

        No argument re: Pete’s. My point is simply that if they are already failing, their business is missing some mark despite their “on high” status in Clarendon.

        Looks like the area will be down two pizza places! Goodbye, Listriani’s. Goodbye, Goody’s.

      • Agree

        Definitely crushes Pete’s. One of my favorite pizza spots in the area. Their cheese steaks are also pretty darn good, and you get an insane portion of food for the price…

    • BU

      Yes, the food there is very mediocre. If you can’t afford to *expand* your existing business because of $4,000/yr in reduced profit margin, why were you expanding in the first place?

    • B22201

      Most likely.

      There was a Romney/Anti-Obama ad that ran about how Bills BBQ restaurant in Richmond was failing because of Obama. Obviously it had nothing to do with the fact that the place was terrible and hadn’t changed in 50 years. Somehow BBQ places on the same block seem be be flourishing and opening new locations.

      • Swag

        Why do you think the reporter asked so many leading questions? It’s not a report, it’s a political commercial masquerading as news. The news director decides what he wants the report to say, then makes the news.

        • drax

          Based on your experience in the news business?

    • drax

      A small profit = not succeeding? Huh?

      • Captain_Obvious

        Maybe they’re aiming high…

      • Dremo, M.D.

        I’m just speculating, but perhaps the small profit from their business is what they use to pay for the mortgage on their home, feed their family, etc, so if they are only making a small profit on their business, then they don’t have enough for those things, hence not succeeding…akin to your pay check. Just a guess you know because generally that is how the owners of small businesses live and fund their personal lives…via the profits of their business.

        • drax

          But they ARE succeeding. They’ve been in business for 9 years and are planning to expand. They never said they aren’t “succeeding” – a comment on this thread said that. How he got from a small profit to “not succeeding” is beyond me. That was my point.

        • CW

          Well, I’ve always wondered this, and I don’t know since I’m not a business owner or accountant, but – does a business owner do what is described above, or list themselves as an employee for taxation purposes, pay themselves a salary, and consider that a business expense?

  • G Clifford Prout

    Poor Walter. Facepalm.

    • G Clifford Prout

      :)

    • Michael H.

      Here’s a link to one of the news articles about the rocket launch testing going on this fall in eastern Virginia. The public-private partnership aims to develop a robotic cargo flight system that could help resupply the International Space Station, so that NASA wouldn’t have to rely solely on the Russians.

      http://www.space.com/17846-private-rocket-antares-launch-pad-orbital-sciences.html

      So it’s not really that fanciful to talk about public-private space ventures in the state of Virginia. It’s already happening, even if not in Arlington.

    • Michael H.

      My guess is that Tejada was referring partly to the Orbital Sciences venture and possible similar projects in the future. His comment actually has a basis in real-life, nearby events and projects. Not so silly after all.

  • 1RLI

    Nice to see Tejada taking the concerns about impropriety so seriously. Way to go, Walter.

    • Dave

      M – A – R -S. Mars, people!

      • JamesE

        MARS!!!

      • Joe Hoya

        Get yo ass to Mars … Get yo ass to Mars … Get yo ass to Mars …

    • Taylor

      Given the audience he was speaking to (the Arlington County Democratic Committee), I bet they would have agreed and nodded regardless of what he said. Not really the type of crowd to seriously question one of our leaders.

    • Michael H.

      Actually, Virginia already has a private rocket launch company. Their first launch was this year, or maybe last year. So it’s not really that fanciful to talk about spaceships, even if rocket is a better term. However, Arlington probably won’t be the site of any rocket launches, unless Reagan Airport adds a spaceport. Maybe in 40 years. You never know.

      • Josh S

        I’ll tell you this much – I wouldn’t bet *against* Elon Musk.

      • drax

        You ruined the fun by introducing facts, Michael.

        • Michael H.

          I’m really hoping for an Arlington Spaceport at the airport. Now that would be fun.

  • KalashniKEV

    It doesn’t matter how many times they “approve” this Courthouse Office Building fiasco.

    The residents of the area DO NOT approve, and we will fight to protect our health, safety, and prosperity. This is not in the best interest of the quality of life of the Citizens of Arlington.

    • Mrmeow

      It’s not the bum shelter building, it’s the one witth Thai @ Corner, Listrani, the moroccan place and Adam’s Corner. Going to suck losing those places so Arlington can have another cookie cutter building making the area even more bland.

      • Mike

        Cookie cutter buildings aren’t necessarily bad, as long as they include in a nice cookie shop on the ground floor, featuring cookies made by the building.

    • Zach

      LOL

    • NIMBY the Hen

      I’m going on a hunger strike. Who’s with me? Where are all the 99% slackers when I need you?

      • drax

        There will be VIOLENCE. And afterward, coffee and doughnuts.

    • drax

      This is a different building, Kev. Put your gun down.

    • Josh S

      “fight”?
      This declaration has some possibly undesirable consequences for you, Kev.

      If you mean you’ll organize other citizens who agree with you and you’ll use demonstrations, editorials, letters to board members, and perhaps some of the other time-honored tools used by citizens to participate in the democratic process – if you do all those things and then lose, won’t you be bound to then sit down and shut up and recognize the legitimacy of the result? That would be kinda hard for you to do, wouldn’t it?

      And if you mean using physical violence, well that”s not likely to work out well, now is it?

      • observer

        He has already threatened “violence” on this forum.

        • ARL-VA

          He also makes up his own traffic laws and uses his car as a means of intimidation against those who don’t observe his made-up traffic laws. If that isn’t autocratic thuggery, then I don’t know what is.

    • Resident

      Speak for yourself…..please. I’m a resident of Courthouse, and I think it’s a great improvement over the current dumps. If the site is fully developed it’s a welcome change.

  • CrystalMikey

    The morning pic looks like a train model. Cool.

    • JamesE

      tilt shift effect, blur the bottom and top of the image to create a fake narrow focal distance making it look like a scale model.

  • South Awwlington

    Ha! On one hand we have the over-zealous, mind in the minutia member and on the other, a space-cadet.

    Bless their hearts.

  • Major Pup McPuppo Jr.

    stupidest picture of all time probably

    • benballston

      It’s not just a picture, it’s a commentary on modern society.

    • sunflower

      ‘splain yourself, wolfie. dont you appreciate the interplay of light and dark? or is it just that you dont care for urban settings?

    • Clarendon

      It looks like Walter’s spaceship that just landed.

    • AppleMap

      Ballston Exxon?

      • Glebe Roader

        Glebe and Carlin Springs.

  • Arlington Cat

    Perhaps their profits are going out the window because they have to replenish the pounds of garlic someone keeps putting on his pizza. I mean, Brah, a sprinkle is all you need.

    • drax

      IMPROPER SLICE.

  • http://nationleprechaun.com/ jinushaun

    Cue people blaming *everything* on the “fiscal cliff”.

  • K10

    Love the morning photo – very Edward Hopper. Thanks, Arlnow.

  • bren

    the goody’s statement on bush tax cuts makes absolutely no sense….

    • drax

      So you’re saying none of the Bush tax cuts applied to small businesses?

  • BoredHouseWife

    spaceships are something I can get behind.

    • Joe hoya

      So are bored housewives.

    • sunflower

      good call…

      • sunflower

        i was responding to bored housewife—–: > }

  • KalashniKEV

    I got Punk’d!!!!

    This Courthouse Development has my VIOLENT SUPPORT. ;)

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