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  • atownlegend April 9, 2013 - 6:26 pm #70307 Reply

    Couple questions on the improvement districts in Ballston, Crystal City and Roslyn.

    Whats the point?!

    How much money actually goes back into Ballston, Crystal City and Roslyn?

    Someone convince me on why we need them?

    AKB April 10, 2013 - 9:23 pm #70426 Reply

    Me thinks that Clarendon-VA SQ-Ballston corridor could be the next best thing in the DCVAMD. Imagine this:

    - Healthy restaurants having vegan and vegetarian options (like Teaism).

    - Great bars (not the sorts you see now) like CauseDC bar on U-street.

    - Excellent yoga studios like the ones you see in DuPont.

    - Great theatre like Landmark E theatre in DC.

    - Support Arlington Art museum.

    Etc. You get the idea. Remove the current bars. Eliminate them. Eradicate them. Exterminate them. Get better ones. Get rid of bad/unhealthy restaurants. Send them to Rossyln or Crystal City or better yet, Bethesda. I think the business chamber should focus on doing aggressive outreach and getting the best businesses to come and re-locate. We don’t need riff-raffs. We need class. That should be the motto.

    vibrancy April 11, 2013 - 8:21 am #70438 Reply


    I’m not sure whether your post is serious or not, but if it is, what makes you think that a majority of N. Arlington wants vegan restaurants and “great bars” like the one you listed?  I understand you prefer a certain lifestyle, but it sounds like maybe you’re more cut out for DuPont than Arlington.  I’ll continue to eat unhealthy bar/fried food and workout at Gold’s.  Thanks.

    speonjosh April 11, 2013 - 9:36 am #70454 Reply

    Well, you certainly wouldn’t learn by visiting some of their websites.


    Here’s the Ballston BID website’s answer the question “What does the Ballston BID do?” (from their FAQs)

    “The BID plays a major role in creating a place and an identity while promoting Ballston as an attractive, dynamic, and successful urban center.”

    This is what we might colloquially refer to as puking on the keyboard and putting the result on the website. It is a MAJOR FAIL as far as actually answering the question.


    Here is a slightly better answer to the question “Why are BIDs so important to the areas they serve?”

    “BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area”

    Unfortunately, a quick check reveals that this is the exact same language used in the Wikipedia entry for “business improvement districts.” Of course, it could just as easily be that whoever wrote the Wikipedia entry copied from the Ballston BID. Either way, it’s lame.

    The Rosslyn BID website provides a lot more information, including publishing their FY13 workplan. From their website:

    The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), which started operations in 2003, provides services designed to make Rosslyn an exciting, urbane commercial center. Funded by a special tax paid by property owners in the 17-block commercial office core, the work program includes:

    • Marketing and Promotion
    • Social Service Coordination
    • Beautification, Cleaning and Maintenance of Public Areas
    • Economic Development
    • Community Activities and Events
    • Transportation, Parking, Pedestrian and Safety Programs

    Special Events
    Rosslyn Jazz Festival, “Rooms With a View” Lecture Series, Real Estate Showcase, LIGHT UP Rosslyn, Rosslyn Farmers Market”


    IN any case, who is “we?” Generally, the BIDs are funded by businesses in a defined area taxing themselves to pay for the services. So, why would you object to that? They want to pay extra in Ballston to have some mealy-mouthed BS put on a website – let em.

    AKB April 11, 2013 - 9:31 pm #70533 Reply

    vibrancy: Me and my family are very happy here. We have a school, a job, etc. all here. DuPont is too busy/noisy for us. We like it here. Thanks for the tip, though. BUT, you fail to understand my desire: I want the corridor to be the best in DCVAMD. The best. What does this mean? This means focus on things that are critical to us as a society – better health, better food, better transportation, etc. Do you not understand me? I wish the place to be the best. Thanks!

    Quoth the Raven April 12, 2013 - 9:30 am #70544 Reply

    It does look like you’re joking.  But if not, did you at any point consider that your version of “the best” may not match up with anyone else’s version of “the best”??  But I’d love to hear your plan for “eradicating” current bars – how do we do that?  Flame throwers, perhaps?  Molotov cocktails?  This could be fun!

    vibrancy April 12, 2013 - 9:33 am #70545 Reply

    I understand that you think your view is correct about what would make Arlington “the best.”  However, what you fail to understand is that your view about what’s “the best” does not universally coincide with what other people might think would make Arlington “the best.”  I’m not on here saying that all vegan restaurants and yoga studios in Arlington should be “eliminat[ed],” “eradicat[ed],” or “exterminat[ed]” despite the fact that I personally do not enjoy those establishments because I understand that some people do enjoy those things.  Do you not understand me?

    novasteve April 12, 2013 - 9:43 am #70548 Reply

    Maybe Arlington can strive to be the US leader in gluten free beer bars that also bans peanuts? You know how you could be healthy and save money? Cook your own damn food. You even know what goes into it.

    Captain_Obvious April 12, 2013 - 10:01 am #70557 Reply

    You should try the swordfish at Mindy’s…its the best in the city…the best !

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