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by ARLnow.com June 11, 2010 at 6:23 am 1,928 1 Comment

Army Chief Apologizes for Mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery — Poor record-keeping and inept management has resulted in hundreds of misidentified or unmarked graves at Arlington National Cemetery, the military revealed. At a press conference, Secretary of the Army John McHugh apologized to families whose loved one’s final resting place was affected by the mix-ups. He also promised to reform the “dysfunctional” management culture at the cemetery. Two of the top cemetery administrators are being forced out as a result of the Army probe. More from the Washington Post.

Battle Lines Drawn for East Falls Church Redevelopment Fight — A plan to redevelop the area around the East Falls Church Metro Station has many East Falls Church residents up in arms. Michael Perkins of the blog Greater Greater Washington, however, is singing the plan’s praises, saying it would “transform the East Falls Church Metro area into a mixed-use, pedestrian, bicycle and transit-oriented community.” More from Greater Greater Washington.

Registration for Library Summer Reading Program Begins Saturday — Last year a record 4,800 kids and teens signed up for the Arlington Public Library’s summer reading program. Library officials expect to set another participation record this year. Registration for the program will begin Saturday.

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  • ObserverCollege

    What I like about the East Falls Church plan is that there is not one hint of a commitment to affordable housing. The Task Force has been really smart about limiting the building heights, so that you can’t get the affordable units that come from bonus density. The “VOICE” and “Interfaith” and “BRAVO” people can fuss about their little condos in Nauck; the message is loud and clear here to the wrong kind of people that this is not happening in THIS neighborhood.

    Lyon Village just went through an ongoing battle against the First Baptist church, where the County forced the neighbors to file lawsuit after lawsuit without even a cent of reparations from the County to compensate the neighbors. Now we are seeing what has happened to that neighborhood with the onslaught of “mixed-income” housing on that site–as the picture pasted above demonstrates. I weep for the children of Lyon Village who now have to walk with security guards to protect them on their stroll to and from school.

    Luckily, with the Task Force plan this simply won’t happen at East Falls Church. Thanks to the minoritarian but LOUD NIMBY opposition, the County Board won’t DARE make any gesture toward affordable housing for these kinds of people. Building heights will be kept to 5 stories, so that the financing breaks down on any mixed-income developments. There won’t be any bonus density to worry about, nor any contributions to the affordable housing fund.

    The Battle of Lyon Village was the turning point. Now between the Change of Government petition and the East Falls Church proposal, we are finally ridding our county of the blight that keeps us from being the county we can be. The County that those of us in 22207 and Lyon Village and the cutting-edge luxury buildings in Ballston and Pentagon Row dream of being.

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