Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com October 11, 2010 at 8:41 am 1,777 4 Comments

Happy Columbus Day — Normally-clogged commuter routes are clear as government employees and many private sector workers have the day off to celebrate Columbus’ discovery of the New World. Arlington government offices are closed, as are all library branches. It’s expected to be the hottest Oct. 11 on record in the DC area, so if you have the day off, get outside and enjoy it.

Blue and Orange Line Cut in Two, No Major Problems — Commutepocalypse didn’t quite go the way some media outlets expected. More from TBD.

Savannah Might Not Want Brown Back — Former Arlington County Manager Michael Brown may not be wanted back in Savannah, after all. The Savannah Morning News has compiled a list of four “discoveries about city operations” that have occurred since Brown left for Arlington. Among them: “More than $2 million in pay raises and special merit increases Brown awarded each year for the past three years.”

Meaningless Real Estate Data — Home sales are down in Arlington, but only if you compare it to one year ago when the federal government was offering generous real estate tax credits. Median home sale prices are up compared to one year ago. More from the Sun Gazette.

Protests at CAIR Convention — The Council on American-Islamic Relations held its national convention at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Crystal City Saturday night. Outside the sold-out event, Tea Party leaders planned a protest against CAIR and Sharia law.

Flickr pool photo by Michael C. White

  • Katie

    Awful commute this morning from Columbia Pike to downtown–90 minutes, 2 train lines, 1 bus, plus a long walk from Fed Triangle to Farragut West.

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  • ArlingtonAaron

    If the problems from the hole in the Metro system didn’t seem that bad, that’s probably because everyone along the Orange Line in Arlington stayed home. I’ve been out and about today, and it basically looks like a weekend day in Clarendon and in the neighborhoods.

  • Katie

    Took me two hours to get home tonight–Farragut West to Columbia Pike. Shuttle to Gallery Place, 30 minute wait for Yellow Line to Pentagon, then an unbelievably incompetent mess at Pentagon–HUGE line of people were waiting in vain for a 16 bus–ANY 16 bus–to show up. Metro employees were there but they couldn’t even tell us when to expect a bus. Said that Metrobus had switched to a modified Saturday schedule after being on a normal schedule during the day? What?

    This was at 6 pm. After 45 minutes and hearing that maybe there would be one bus showing up in 20 minutes, I gave up and walked, in heels, to the corner across from Harris Teeter in P’gon City. There were signs saying that no 16 bus service would be available there from 5-9 pm (!) but the driver did break the stupid “rule” to stop and pick us up.


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