Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 10, 2011 at 8:11 am 2,454 37 Comments

New Bar Coming to Columbia Pike — William Jeffrey’s Tavern will be a 6,500 square foot bar and restaurant on the ground floor of the Siena Park apartment complex, across the street from Bob & Edith’s Diner. The tavern, owned by the team behind Ragtime and Rhodeside Grill, is expected to open this fall. [Pike Wire]

Arlington Funds Slugging Web Site — Each year, Arlington allots $10,000 out of its $8 million commuter services budget to fund Slug-Lines.com, a privately-run internet resource for the area’s unique, grassroots carpooling system. [Miller-McCune Magazine]

Recalling Java Shack’s Nazi Past — Of course, nobody at Clarendon’s Java Shack has any Nazi affiliation. But the cafe’s building does. TBD recalls the days when the building was the headquarters of the American Nazi Party. Another reminder of the building’s infamous past: the occasional appearance of nostalgic Nazi fliers. [TBD]

New Wakefield High Will Have Lots of Bike Parking — The new $115 million Wakefield High School will include 304 bike parking spaces, up from the old school’s 45 spaces. The Sun Gazette’s Scott McCaffrey wonders if that’s a bit optimistic of school planners. [Sun Gazette Editor’s Blog]

Falls Church (Hearts) Arlington — In an editorial, the Falls Church News-Press addresses redistricting rumors that the 31st State Senate District — which now encompasses Arlington County, Falls Church and a slice of eastern Fairfax County — will be shifted north into McLean and Great Falls, leaving tiny Falls Church to be folded into the Fairfax-centric 32nd State Senate District. That’s frowned upon by the FCNP. “Falls Church is the spiritual sister of Arlington, far more than Fairfax County,” the editorial says. [Falls Church News-Press]

  • G. Clifford Prout

    Don’t forget… our jackbooted friends were on N Randolph Street before that !

  • Overgrown Bush

    304 bike parking spaces. Seems like an odd number. Can’t you just lock your bike to a fence post or light pole anyway?

    • GeorgeOrwell

      yes, yes, there is a very complex and important formula used by our genius transportation planners that 304 bike spaces is what is needed. not 300. not 325. 304. and if you are number 305, well, tough.
      we live in a wonderful paternalistic community.

    • CW

      I’ve done a lot of cycling in my day, and I’m not quite sure what a “bike parking space” is. I am assuming that they mean some single, discrete portion of a rack or something else to which one can lock?

  • Overgrown Bush

    It would seem Arlington, who is opposed to expanding highways within their limits, would spend more than 0.1% of their commuter services budget to encourage car pooling along the same corridor.

    • Max

      It’s actually fairly cheap to fund slug lines, theoretically slug lines are free, hence the tiny budget.

      • Overgrown Bush

        If you read the article, it seems they are also fairly unorganized.

        • Max

          It’s slugging – nothing about it is organized.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Right….. except for the guy starting a company around getting it more organized to minimize stop time and quickly identify people waiting to drivers destinations. Read, man, read!

    • CW

      Considering that it’s practice that is not really official, and that some people consider to be illegal in ways (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dr-gridlock/2010/06/dc_cracks_down_on_slug_drivers.html), I find it surprising that the County gives any official money to support it at all. Frankly, I think that’s the point of the headline – that a lot of people would be surprised to find out that the County was using money to support slugging.

      • Overgrown Bush

        The article you cite references DC, and sluggers in no-stopping zones. It doesn’t reference the legality of slugging at all. So, because sluggers have to stop to pick up a passenger Arlington should consider them scofflaws and not provide any funding to assist in the car-pooling they so desire to avoid highway expansion? Are you kidding me?

        • PikeHoo

          You seem to know very little about slugging and I would bet you have never slugged. Do you even understand that slugging helps alleviate traffic for single drivers like yourself? With the exception of counties and states building the parking lots for people to park and maintaining the HOV lanes, it’s the invisible hand of the free market at its best.

          • CW

            To whom was your comment supposed to be directed? Me? No, I’ve never slugged because I choose to embrace public transit, but this wasn’t supposed to be about me, nor my opinions about slugging.

            Let me clarify my original comments: “Wow, I am really surprised that Arlington’s lawyers are ok with setting a precedent of using county money to support an underground system has no fixed infrastructure and which some believe condones traffic violations.”

          • Overgrown Bush

            PH, it doesn’t appear your comment is directed to me….right?

        • CW

          I’m not saying anything about my personal opinion. What I’m saying is that this is an unofficial, ungoverned system that does not have any government-supported infrastructure in place. There are no county-build slug lots. Slugging does in many cases require illegal stopping and standing to pick up. Therefore, all I was saying was that for the county and its lawyers who care about these sorts of things (such as the precedent of funding unofficial systems that sometimes condone illegal behavior) to fund the system was surprising to me.

          I said nothing of my personal opinion. Me? Of course I think it’s a good idea, for the environment, the people involved, the county, and those of us who oppose massive highway expansion. But the article wasn’t about my opinion – it was about the fact that the county was giving money to officially recognize a more or less self-described underground system. That was surprising to me.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Interesting enough, there are County-sanctioned slug locations in the outer counties. Commuter lots. They encourage car pooling, slugging, and bus commuting. Funny that Arlington doesn’t yet we say we don’t want the added highway and would rather encourage other forms. For me, I have a problem with the County and some of the people I live with here because I do spend a lot of time around Nova. We just don’t seem to get it.

          • CW

            I think that given Arlington’s massive investment in metrorail, metrobus, ART, cycle lanes, god forbid streetcars, car-free diets, etc., it would be a strange policy shift for the County to begin “regressing”, in its view, to supporting driving. The County’s position basically seems to be – look, we have all of this infrastructure, so please use it. Now, back to the original article – the county is giving money to a website that serves ALL of NoVa. Now this is a smart idea. If the county doesn’t want highway expansion through it, then one thing to do would be to use your money to support other ways for people to come through. It’s a sort of compromise. Slugging is one of them. Again, my original comment was just that I was surprised that money was officially being used to support an unofficial system, that is all.

          • Max

            Arlington is a destination for sluggers. I sincerely doubt there are many sluggers that live in Arlington.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Correct. Sluggers work in Arlington. Sluggers spend money in Arlington. I wonder how Arlington would like jobs moving out of Arlington? Oh, wait…that’s already happening. It is called Tysons.

    • shirley

      I used to slug. I hated it when people would say that they were going to 18th and K and then drop you off at 18th and E because they were “running late” and couldn’t go up there.
      The fascinating thing is that eventually these people would never get riders, because that was their standard practice.
      love it when a system self-regulates.

  • JamesE

    Java Shack needs to close and instead open up a soup kitchen in the old Nazi building.

  • CW

    Oh THAT place. I’ve never been there or seen anyone who’s gone there…maybe because I don’t ride a fixed-gear? There’s a dog biscuit bakery or something next door, right?

    • Andrew

      They have good coffee. Probably some of the best in Arlington, and it isn’t a zoo like Northside Social.

      There are always people there when I stop in, usually when I’m getting dog food next door, and most are not hipsters.

      • CW

        Ah, so they share a market with the upscale dog boutique? Another reason why I’ve never been there before, I guess.

        • Andrew

          If by upscale dog boutique you mean place that sells better dog food than the garbage you get at Petsmart, yes.

          • TT Boy

            Andrew, so which tastes better to you: Eukanuba or Blue Buffalo?

    • OX4

      I like ’em. They have great coffee and they’re very friendly. And unlike Greenberry’s down the road, they can actually discuss different types of coffee with you and tell you the differences in taste and style.

      The pet store is a bit odd. I’m too intimidated to go into a pet boutique.

  • The Pike

    Does that Rhodeside place mean that Taquiera Pablano is not coming to the Pike???? Were they fighting over the same spot? Don’t get me wrong, I can get behind a Rhodeside place but also want me some Taqueira goodness over here too….

    • FrenchyB

      I think Taquiera Pablano is looking to lease space in Penrose Square, so it may still be in the works (Pike Wire originally reported that they were looking at Siena Park, but later corrected the location).

      • The Pike

        Phew! Thanks for the update

  • Salt the slugs

  • NomNom

    I am disappointed that the new bar with a similar theme as Ragtime and Rhodeside Grill is coming to the area. I was bored with both when I worked at Courthouse, and I feel LA Bar and Grill meets the demand of the local, hole-in-the-wall bar. The concept also seems a bit overkill with P. Brennans down the block.

    • Arlingtonian

      hope they get more business than p brennan’s does

    • Bringmetheyuppies

      Seriously doubt it will be a hole in the wall and may there not open another on the new pike. We need quality food and drink, we have plenty of the other. Looking forward to the new tavern and hope their food is more in line with the new pub in Shirlington, rather than Brennans. That place is good for cocktails and burgers only.

  • LyonSteve

    304 spots for bike parking?

    What a waste of $$$.

    • Overgrown Bush

      Seeing how half the kids in high school can’t drive, I don’t see it that way. It gives them an option to get to school other than walk or bus.

      • Burger

        Is the current number of spots overcrowded? I don’t know but if the students can’t use 45 spaces then it is absolutely a waste of money. If they are fully occupied how many extra spots would needed. 304 to me sounds like a lot considering there are approximate 1600 kids in the school. 1 in 5.5 kids rides their bike. I doubt it.


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