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by ARLnow.com January 17, 2011 at 8:43 am 1,508 19 Comments

State Senator’s Husband Pens Alarming Column — Tom Whipple, husband of state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D), has penned a column entitled “The Peak Oil Crisis: Civil Unrest” for the Falls Church News-Press. He writes: “By failure to guide the country to real solutions to real problems, our leaders are risking increasing violence as the frustrations of an unknowing people continue to grow.” [Not Larry Sabato]

Grocery Store and Development Proposed for Bergmann’s Site — A developer wants to bring a grocery store to the site of the Bergmann’s Cleaners on Lee Highway, provided the county also approves a 12-story apartment building next door. The apartment site is currently zoned only for single family homes. [TBD]

Manee Thai Condemned — Manee Thai restaurant on Columbia Pike has been declared “unfit for habitation” by county building inspectors, according to a sign near the entrance. Other businesses in the strip of stores adjacent to Manee Thai have remained open. [Pike Spotter]

O’Connell Athletic Field Request May Be Pushed Back — Consideration of Bishop O’Connell High School’s request to renovate its athletic field and add NCAA-compliant lighting will likely be pushed back to March. The board is slated to take up the request at its Jan. 22 meeting, but the school is requesting a deferral. [Sun Gazette]

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99

  • Kevin

    Nice photography, thanks.

  • Skeptical

    THat’s a stunner about Manee Thai. I started eating there regularly with a few friends soon after the place opened and for a while, it was strikingly good: the kind of place you made sure to include on your itinerary with an out of town guest. Something did happen a few years in; they had a couple of brushes with selling liquor to underage patrons, seemed to have lost the original good cook, and there was much turnover in the wait staff. You could tell they were trying to make money off bar business and a group of loud bar-flies became habitues of the place, sometimes providing extra entertainment with drunken antics at the bar. But the restaurant owners were always friendly, appreciated their regulars and would offer little extras. The food just got sort of muddy and uneven and we drifted elsewhere. I’m sorry it’s come to this.

  • Lou

    Whipple’s column is BANANAS.

    • bman

      Actually, peak oil theory is entirely mainstream in the industry. It’s the general public that is oblivious. The question has always been: when will the drop occur and how steep? It’s not outlandish to think it’s happening now.

  • Arlwhenever

    Oh please Mr. Whipple, stop squeezing the Charmin.

  • EnergyDude

    Tom Whipple is nothing more than an astute analyst that can evaluate the numbers (those that are made public – many countries refuse to publish their actual reserve and production data) and can draw basic logical conclusions about the world’s energy situation. A good discussion blog is http://theoildrum.com/ and some other good reading on the government’s analysis of the oil situation in particular is the so-called Hirsch Report (http://theoildrum.com/) which is on the DOE site (link at the bottom of the wiki page).

    • EnergyDude
    • Arlwhenever

      Natural gas reserves are higher than an any point in the last 40 years. US petroleum consumption already peaked — its was range bound and then declining for more than a decade now. The natural evolution away from oil and towards other sources of energy has been well underway for going on 15 years with no civil war.

      If Mr. Whipple is truly concerned about his safety he can build the walls around his home in Country Club Hills yet a little higher and feel safe from the peons. After, all isn’t that what the Arlington Way is really about, protection and control? We need not turn the economy over to his wife’s control for Mr. Whipple to have what he wants.

      • Jimminy

        I’m clicking my heels together with you, dude. Here’s to a wish-based world! Think happy thoughts 🙂

  • g_clifford_prout

    Go Wegmans!

    • Ben

      A Wegmans in the area would be epic.

      • Weggies Please!

        I agree, Wegman’s is *the* mecca of all groceries.

  • I almost bought one of the townhouses right next to Bergmans. Glad I didn’t now that my “city view” would have been trashed.

    • charlie

      no one is guaranteed a view unless they also own an easement guaranteeing such view. you were lucky.

  • el fat kid

    Haven’t eaten at Manee in probably 4 years… but not terribly surprised. The food was pretty good but the place was a dump.

  • A Fit Arlington

    This would definitely build a more fit Arlington, and people would have fun at the same time. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Et5CM/www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D2lXh2n0aPyw

  • cj

    Correction: The Bergmann’s site is zoned C-2, which is service commercial like the Bergmann’s operation, not “single-family homes”. What it is not planned or zoned for is a 12-story building of any sort.

    • That sentence is referring to the apartment site.

  • Seriously?

    Townhomes make sense. A 12 story residential tower? The County prides itself on having thoughtful urban planning. Approving a project like this is nonsensical. There is a half mile of single family and low rise residential between this site and the metro. This site is surrounded by single family homes and low rise residential. A tower there would be highly visible from both Lee Hwy and 66 and would stick out like a sore thumb.

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