If you’ve never seen the hilarious and accurate DC stereotype map, check it out: http://socialstudiesdc.com/2011/08/dc-stereotype-map/
It would be awesome if we could have one for Arlington. It would make a swell group project. Any takers?
As long as you people can keep a sense of humor. . . And this was the best I could do with the time allotted.
looks similar to the graphic that they used for the county fair.
HERE IS MY 10MINS TAKE ON THAT MAP @Hank http://tinypic.com/r/30a3ndv/5
@Venn Diagram great job!
Good work, Venn and Miss KittenCat! I love the Nimby-land and, Not Shirlington, and the smattering of Starbucks. You made my day.
@Venn and @MissKittenCat: HAHAHAHAHAHA Sir/Ma’am, I am in your debts. Great work. Rebuild Soviet Safeway indeed!
I love that design from the county fair so much that I bought the shirt.
Thanks – I ran out of time. Would have liked to mark the 10 current locations where backyard hens could be legally located. Additional research would also have been needed to provide proper demarkation (e.g., cut-out to show that Donaldson Run was not actually part of Arlington) to see what other storylines could have been represented (all without offending too many people – just about anything I came up with for the Pike corridor would have pissed off too many folks).
Oh, please tell me what you would’ve done for the Pike corridor!
Please share I need a good giggle about Columbia Pike and its gentrification.
@MKC, that is exactly what I was thinking. Brown people and the gentrifiers.
Similar to the ferris wheel used to mark the County Fair location, a proud depiction of the $1M super shelter should be at the center of attention representing The Arlington Way.
I lived on the Pike for 3 years back when it was referred to as ‘Ho Chi Minh’ trail (dating myself, I know). It wasn’t quite as affordable to me in a 1-br with my 2 kids every other weekend as it was across the hall where they had at least 12 people living in a 2-bedroom place. It certainly seems less diverse now than it did 15 years ago, and it has changed greatly (note that I didn’t say it has improved, since that is debatable – there were worthwhile things despite the sub-sub-par Safeway). I also lived within a block of the new community center for 2 years back in the late 80s.
I thought about putting in a mark for all the water main breaks (or fires or other emergencies) that would have shut the streetcar down (the ones that HAVE shut down the Pike over the past few years), which would have upset the pro-transit (still not sure if that is also pro-gentrification or not) groups – even though several of them kept lanes of the Pike closed for an entire day and could have required them to cut the tracks to fix the breaks.
I could have put in markers for all the affordable housing areas that have been discussed (this is going to sound really bad, but it would have been fairly easy because all I would have had to do was mark an area within 500 feet of a check cashing place – google ‘check cashing arlington va’ and you’ll see what I mean).
Also thought about putting in marks for all the construction areas where workers have been injured. It is mostly the same as marks for all the construction sites, unfortunately, and not in the least humorous.
Also was going to put in food truck exclusion zones around all the schools, but the scale of the map didn’t work well. Thought about marking all the schools that offered FLES vs. the ones that didn’t. Not sure how that would have worked (mostly because it involved looking stuff up, and I was already running late). Lord knows that I would’ve heard about it if I misrepresented a couple. Like how is over-representing FLES schools in NA any worse than declaring to the country ‘if you like your health plan, you can keep it’ without understanding facts?
The first thing I put down was a big black stripe down the Pike that said ‘Arlington Crime Report: YES’. Not true, but even though it would have made the NIMBYs in NA laugh (well, at least those that didn’t have a vehicle stolen recently) it would have upset those in SA that don’t have a sense of humor. So I removed it.
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