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by ARLnow.com November 12, 2010 at 8:11 am 1,771 11 Comments

Arlington’s Land Use Plans Compared — Greater Greater Washington compares Arlington’s early General Land Use Plans from the 1960s and 1970s to maps of Arlington today. Among the interesting items: in 1964 car-happy Arlington planners wanted to create a “main street” section of Columbia Pike, with a high-speed bypass going around the commerce-heavy section and connecting to Walter Reed Drive and Glebe Road via interchange.

Streaming Classical Music from the Library — Did you know that the Arlington Public Library allows patrons to access a streaming classical music library online, no matter where they are? All you need is your library card number. The service includes more than 65,000 classical tracks. More from the Library Blog.

New Latin Restaurant Coming to Columbia Pike — A new Latin fusion restaurant and bar is coming to 3111 Columbia Pike. Fun fact: a FedEx truck crashed into the building’s front window in June. More from TBD.

Flickr pool photo by Mnemosyne2009

  • SoArlRes

    Re: Land Use Plans. Of course they did. This region covered over a perfectly good rail network because everyone was in love with cars and suburban sprawl. Funny how its coming full cycle and we realize that maybe trains ARE the way to go.

    • Wilson Blvd Express

      The rail network went bankrupt due to declining ridership. It was not a conspiracy in favor of cars.

      • Let’s Be Mobile

        Yes, the rail network went bankrupt because of declining ridership– largely because the Federal Government directed gargantuan levels of funding and resources into developing the Interstate Highway System. If the Feds had put the same funding into high-speed rail, (many, many) fewer people would have chosen automobiles.

        And it probably didn’t help that an automobile company bought up all of the streetcar companies around the same time. Probably.

        • PikeHoo

          “He’s already dead.”

        • Arlington, Northside

          The Rail system here was in decline the moment the first car was built, it is the natural evolution of technology in society. Buggie whips were well crafted items, should we have subsidized the makers of buggy whips when the car came along too?

          • Henry Ford

            Like the automobile culture wasn’t heavily subsidized.

  • Lou

    It would take a fair amount of research to know for sure, but I would be hesitant about laying all of those road plans at the feet of Arlington planners. A number of the highways on the 60’s planning maps were part of the federal highway system plan, the Eisenhower Interstate plan. It would be kind of like saying Arlington planners had primary responsibility for extending 66 to the river.

  • SoArlRes

    I should have been more specific. Generally, DC, Arlington, and Alexandria had rail systems that might have been kept in service for transit purposes. This is an interesting case study and I really enjoy learning from everything everyone has posted on the subject.

  • Wilson Blvd Express

    I sure would be nice for daily traffic as well as evacuations during emergencies to have had the Three Sisters Bridge built…

    • LVGuy

      It MAY be better for daily traffic if the Three Sisters Bridge were built, but there’s but I can’t imagine it would have reduced people’s commutes by more than a few minutes. The Traffic from Key Bridge and TSB would have wound up in the same locations, placing the traffic in DC rather than Roslyn.

      As for evacuations, that’s unlikely. They’d still end up on 66.

  • Let’s Be Free

    It would actually make sense to build light rail along the Columbia Pike if the capacity of the corridor had been increased via securing additional right of way. As is, the trolley is an incredibly extensive vanity project that won’t add one iota of capacity versus more economical, flexible and better-targeted bus service. One, two, three everyone, go by streetcar and hang on tight.


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