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by ARLnow.com August 4, 2010 at 5:12 am 1,177 1 Comment

Illinois Prosecutor to Address Arlington-Linked Murder Case — Arlington rape suspect Jorge Torrez may learn today whether he will face additional scrutiny in the case of a five-year-old double murder in his former hometown. The Lake County, Ill. State’s Attorney is scheduled to hold a press conference this morning with “new information” about the case. Another man, Jerry Hobbs, has been held awaiting trial for the murders since 2005. But DNA evidence in the case was reportedly linked to Torrez last month.

Man Falls at Construction Site — A worker suffered serious injuries after falling at the Adams Square construction site on Columbia Pike around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. He was taken a local hospital and is expected to recover.

Arlington Sidewalks Debated — Greater Greater Washington brings up the issue of sidewalks in Arlington. Are there too few sidewalks in the residential sections of our ‘walkable community?’

Flickr pool photo by patrycehaltiwangerphillips.

  • Let’s Be Free

    As many parents with young children would tell you, walkable Arlington is a slogan, not a reality.

    One of the impediments to installing sidewalks in Arlington is the County refuses to cut down trees and remove bushes (though I have seen it cut down trees to install bike paths) to make way for sidewalks. The simple answer is to replace every tree removed to clear way for a sidewalk with one or two others planted nearby — and to be natural and sustainable the replacements trees should be oaks, sycamores, tulip poplars or other native species rather than short-lived, root-running, sidewalk-destroying sugar maples or hybridized sterile ornamental fruit trees.

    It took years of prodding the County in our neighborhood to get sidewalks installed so kids taking the main route didn’t have to street walk to the local elementary schools. There are gaps elsewhere that still require detours.

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