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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com January 24, 2011 at 7:37 am 2,155 45 Comments

New Library Catalog System Coming Mid-February — Arlington Public Libraries will be rolling out a new online catalog system that includes a feature that sends you a text message when a book you had on hold becomes available. The system should launch mid-February. [Library Blog]

Penrose Square Ramps Up Marketing — The new Penrose Square apartments on Columbia Pike have a slick new web site. The site markets the apartments as “urban apartment homes” in a “LEED-influenced” building.” Residents are expected to start moving in in May. [Pike Wire]

Arlington Receives Homeless Prevention Grant — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1.28 million in grant funding to Arlington for homeless assistance programs. The county is looking for a potential location for a permanent homeless shelter to replace its current emergency winter shelter in Courthouse. [Sun Gazette]

New Va. Dem Chair Moran Blasts Transportation Plan — New Virginia Democratic party chair Brian Moran is critical of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) plan to borrow billions to spend on transportation projects. “It’s frankly money we do not have,” he said on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show. “Arlington is a wonderful place to live and work,” Moran added, after co-host Tom Sherwood jokingly suggested that the governor “obliterate Arlington and make a big interchange.” [Greater Greater Washington]

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99

  • SoArlRes

    They would pave paradise and put up a parking lot…

  • KalashniKEV

    Is it really called “Homeless Prevention,” or is that spin? It looks like the exact opposite.

    And to make the Courthouse Shelter a permanent nest? Insanity!

    From the overview you guys gave a few months ago, it looked about 1000x better than the Army. I might even check in when the weather gets a little warmer. Work has been really stressful lately and I’d rather just relax all day.

    • mehoo

      You’re right, Kev. If only they would stop sheltering the homeless from the cold, they’d freeze to death, and then they would no longer be homeless!

      Seriously, here’s an example of what digging deeper can teach you. This is one of the programs supported by the grant:

      “Transitional housing is provided through an agreement with the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. (AACH) which operates the Adopt-A-Family Transitional Housing program in scattered site, private apartments that provide 14 families with housing and services. The program provides rental subsidy and intensive case management services to homeless families with children leading to skills and employment which will result in self-sufficiency.”

      • KalashniKEV

        So… you’re basically telling me that my new next door neighbor might be a golden-voiced drifter with who’s recently kicked the habit of public urination and is now only months away from kissing his last crack pipe goodbye?

        No thanks.

        • mehoo

          Don’t worry, Kev, the county wouldn’t mistreat their homeless people by putting them anywhere near you.

          • KalashniKEV

            In exchange for a 100% car tax relief, I would mentor a Bum and provide him with ample direction and motivation to become a productive member of society.


            What’s up County Board? This program could be HUGE…

          • mehoo

            Sure you would.

          • KalashniKEV

            This is only going to result in greater Government dependency… and more Democrat voters.

          • mehoo

            How does getting people off the streets and back into their own homes promote greater government dependency, Kev? Transitional housing means transitional, not permanent. You leave them on the street, and they’ll still be coming to the government for help, and unless you’re willing to let them die of cold or lack of medical care (I wouldn’t put it past you), you’ll pay. But the program I cited is designed to get them back on their feet – teach them to fish, etc. – and END government dependency.

          • KalashniKEV

            “But the program I cited is designed to get them back on their feet – teach them to fish, etc. – and END government dependency.”

            It never works that way. Enabling these people only perpetuates a vicious cycle of dependency.
            “Precious, you need to takes yo (butt) down to da welfare.”

          • Peter

            good one

          • mehoo

            You have no idea whether it works or not, Kev. You’re just jerking that knee.

          • mehoo

            BTW Kev, alot of the clients in this transitional housing program are women with children escaping domestic abuse. Not that you’ll give any more of a damn or think women with chidren fleeing their homes shouldn’t just pull themselves up by their bootstraps too.

          • KalashniKEV

            That sounds exactly like something that should be funded privately. I’m not responsible for other people’s bad decisions.

            Also, I know citing statistics is worthless, but both sides of the argument agree that Welfare programs are a trap… the only point they differ on is how much money to flush away.

          • mehoo

            Why would any private individual or group want to fund it either, if “you’re not responsible” for other people’s mistakes? Would you give a private donation if you think that?

            Of course, the idea that it’s the woman’s fault for getting beaten up is beyond offensive, but that’s our Kev.

          • KalashniKEV

            Why is it OK for the government to reach into my pocket and re-distribute my wealth? Part of living in a free country is having the freedom to fail just as you have the freedom to experience as much success as your aptitude can produce… and that’s something that should never change. It is morally wrong to mitigate failure by punishing success.

            As for your non-rational, overly emotional appeal conjuring up battered women to chase away the reality of overfed Welfare Queens… what can I say, other than well played?

          • KalashniKEV

            And no, I wouldn’t give any of my money to a group that gives it away to Bums.

          • mehoo

            The transitional housing program serves lots of women and children who are homeless because they were abused. That’s why I mentioned it.

            You can call those women lazy bums if you want, but I bet you don’t have the guts to do it to their face. Not that they’d let you in the shelter.

            You keep jumping from failed argument to failed argument, as usual, so I’ll let you sort yourself out.

          • KalashniKEV

            You have no argument when it comes to bums and shelters, so you run off down the road of battered women and transitional housing? Weak.

            It was amusing though.

          • mehoo

            Some of those bums are battered women with children. Didn’t stop you. You swallowed the bait whole. Too late to back off now, Kev.

          • KalashniKEV

            I didn’t take any “bait.” I merely indulged you in a stroll down emotional lane and ended up in other-topics-ville.

            I hope you’re not taking this too seriously… it would make me feel bad for toying with your feeble liberal mind.

          • mehoo

            Keep nibbling.

            Go find a homeless abused single mother to berate about personal responsibility.

    • I should rephrase that. The county will be looking for a new site in which to put a permanent shelter.

      • KalashniKEV

        Thanks! I appreciate the blog and all the hard work you do providing this forum for discussion!

    • DouroDouro

      I’m sure if it were up to you, there would be no programs there to help the less-fortunate. Thankfully, not everyone is as short-sighted and selfish as you are.

  • DT

    I see Brian is as smart as his brother. Does he have issues with Arlington taking bond after bond every year to fund projects? Probably not. I think its 20 years running where there are school bonds. One of these days they’ll get it right.

    • Arlwhenever

      Last bond issue, Arlington County borrowed for road maintenance. APS’s building program is essentially 100 percent debt financed with little or no Paygo funding.

      No money is borrowed for road maintenance in state road budget, and debt service is less than ten percent of the total capital intensive VDOT budget.

      Who is being fiscally responsible and who is not is an easy call.

  • South204

    Any idea what the price range will be for the apartments at Penrose Square? Probably the same as Halstead and Siena, which are quite high?

    • KalashniKEV

      Dos mil pesos por mes!

      Condos Nuevos para todos en Columbia Pike! Si se puede!

      • DouroDouro

        Open carry, open carry!

  • Tim

    “LEED-influenced”? I should start telling women I’m “millionaire-influenced.”

    • John Fontain

      Does LEED-influenced mean “we tried for LEED certification but didn’t get it, but we’re still going to market ourselves deceptively as being green anyway”?

      • Tim

        It sounds more like “Full-on LEED is damn expensive. We’ll do some token energy-saving things like using insulation and installing low-flow toilets, then say ‘LEED-influenced’ so people think we’re for serious.”

        Green-washing, essentially.

    • jan

      Leed Influenced? What, specifically, meets Leeds stds at this site?

      Their website is not informative at all. The only shop listed is Giant and there are no floor plans.

    • Beemer

      “LEED-influenced” is a riot! The LEED system has already been watered down by committee, and the buildings delivered as LEED are often no different/better than the norm without, so to be LEED-influenced is to say nothing at all.

  • Katie

    Apparently, being wall-eyed is a requirement to live there.
    WTF is with that woman on the right?

    • mehoo

      She’s dizzy from being flipped around so much.

      • Katie

        That must be it. The first one just looks miserable.

    • KalashniKEV

      And where is that nice Metro where they actually put the lights on the cieling? And the ceramic tile floor? Looks like Toronto…

  • PikeHoo

    I can’t wait for that Giant to open.

    • Siena Parkian


    • Let’s see if the ethnic foods section is as large as the old one.

      • AllenB

        I actually hope it’s larger… yum… and lot’s of latin and soul food just to piss off people like you.

      • Bringmetheyuppies

        maybe they will play rap in that ailse too!

  • Nice to see the Arlington Co library software platform upgrade. Always felt was confusing and dated….


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