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by ARLnow.com May 3, 2011 at 9:07 am 5,248 95 Comments

Zach Galifianakis Spotted in Clarendon — In town for the White House Correspondents Dinner, actor Zach Galifianakis was spotted walking the streets of Clarendon on Saturday. According to the caption, he did some shopping and had lunch at Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street). [ContactMusic.com]

Arlington Young Republicans Growing — The Arlington Young Republicans have added nearly 100 members over the course of a year, making it the largest Young Republican organization in Virginia. [Sun Gazette]

Goose Lays Eggs in Shirlington — A mother goose is apparently nesting her eggs in a planter outside the IO Piazza apartment building. So far, no friendly deer have been spotted. [Shirlington Blogspot]

Crystal City Freshfarm Market Starts Today — The first Freshfarm market of the season in Crystal City will be held on Crystal Drive between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. today. [Freshfarm Markets]

  • NOVApologist

    That one commenter is going to have to change his name to:
    “One of a couple hundred GOPs in Arlington”

    • Hiro

      Correct, I was going to post the same thing myself.

    • Jim

      If the largest Young Republican club in Virginia is in the People’s Republic of Arlington, it doesn’t say much for the future of the aging, white, rural GOP in this state.

      • Actually, what it says is the young people in Arlington who are tired of the leftist elitism are beginning to band together.

        • South Arlington

          I think Jim’s statement was more about the rest of the state than about Arlington.

        • dynaroo

          The young people who hate low taxes, well-run government, a healthy economy, low traffic congestion, etc?

          • KalashniKEV

            “low taxes, well-run government, a healthy economy, low traffic congestion”

            We only have one of the four…

          • dynaroo

            Whatever you say.

          • South Arlington

            Is Kev even a homeowner that pays property tax? I thought he lived in the slums of Courthouse.

            We at least have 2 of those, and well-run government is at least up for debate.

          • They are living in the wrong county if that is what they are seeking.

          • dynaroo

            Which county should the move to then?

          • Why try to stipulate? Isn’t enough to say Arlington isn’t the utiopia you have painted it to be? That was the point.

          • KalashniKEV

            A well run government would eliminate wasteful spending and lower the tax rate. It looks like an uphill climb, but it also seems that our county government is on a quest for failure the way they’re spending all our money on their personal fiascoes. It could all flip someday and leave a lot of jaws on the floor…

          • dynaroo

            Keep hoping for failure. Maybe it will come someday, we’ll see.

          • KalashniKEV

            We certainly will. It’s going to be an interesting decade. I don’t think they can double the tax rate again and survive.

          • dynaroo

            Um, when did they double the tax rate before?

            The tax rate is one of the lowest in the region.

          • Arlington, Northside

            rlington has the lowest tax rate in the DC area, and one the lowest, if not THE lowest, in the Commonwealth. The local government is very well run. We have clean relatively pothole free roads, first class emergency services, excellent schools, outstanding utilities, effecient trash service, an abundance of very well maintained parks and recreational facilities, strong property values and a relatively positive business environment. If the county board was not so far to the left on social issues the place would be perfect. Since they keep the important stuff taken care of, they get away with their liberal social policies without an real uprising. It would be nice to have some social balance on the board though.

          • “The tax rate is one of the lowest in the region.”

            mehoo, please cite the regional tax rates to sustantiate your claim.

          • South Arlington
          • dynaroo

            No, I’m not mehoo.

            But here is a list of property tax rates:

            http://www.nat.com/mida/SiteFeaturePage.asp?Id=197

            The only lower rates are in counties far outside the region. Of course, there are other taxes besides property taxes, but property tax is the biggest one. (The other taxes listed here are mostly one-time taxes related to property transactions, not annual levies).

          • dynaroo

            Thanks for the article, SA – it’s even better because it factors in the car tax.

          • Thanks for the links dynamehooborf and SA. This goes to the debate again of tax rates vs. tax. We all know well that you get less real estate in Arlington for more money. So, you are taxed more dollars on less square footage, lot size, etc. because of the value of the taxable entity. Arlington’s car tax is higher, and it is interesting to see energy tax so low in PW. Good reads. Thanks.

          • dynaroo

            Yes, you get less space per dollar here, but that’s true regardless of the tax rate. Of course, you may end up paying just as much in transportation costs by living further out, with less free time and quality of life. That’s a function of location, not tax rates or government though. If your only concern in life is paying as little as possible in taxes, move to Culpeper or whatever.

          • CW

            I like how in the Examiner article the “typical family” has an income of $150k, a house worth $350k, and cars worth $20k. I guess the “typical family” consists of extremely risk-averse, lightly-leveraged white-collar folks who live in the exurbs or in northeast DC?

          • Arlington, Northside

            You also get more and better services for that tax in Arlington. Lots can be said negatively about our local government, but a high tax rate does not get any traction because they really are not that high. While one wants to set taxes in a fair manner, a tax rate on the value is the only reasonable way to do it, other wise you create a very regressive tax structure, and while you might like to fashion yourself a Conservative, you have to agree that since a truly fair tax is impossible, it is better to side on the progressive tax than the regressive tax.

        • KalashniKEV

          +1000

        • Well, dynaroo, you assume transportation costs are determined by communting INTO Arlington or DC. Many people do, yes. But, there are quite a few commuters coming from Arlington to Fairfax County in Tysons (as well as other areas). For those folks, I hardly believe they chose to live in Arlington and make the drive because of Arlington’s tax rates. They likely just prefer a closer proximity to DC or a more urban style of living. The same could be true for the soccer mom and dad, with 2.5 children, who get benefits from a suburban community and work in Arlington. None of the tax rates in the region is overwhelming when comparing it to a neighboring county or city.

          • dynaroo

            Of course it’s different for people in different situations.

            Here’s a tool for measuring cost of transportation as part of the cost of housing, anywhere:

            http://www.htaindex.org/

          • Another decent tool. A quick look at PWC doesn’t seem to indicate it is more expensive then Arlington. Again, it is individual dependant. If you live in Arlington and work in DC/Arlington, then it is certainly cheaper to rent your overpriced thin-walled condo. If you live in the outer burbs and work in the outer burbs or Tysons, I would guess you can live in a nice home for your family much less expensively than if you lived in Arlington. And, if you live in Arlington and commute west to Tysons or the outer burbs to work…..well, you are paying more than you need to and living in a thin-walled shoe box with little room for your kids to play. That is, unless you live in the barrio of South Arlington or got that $1M inheritance and bought a house in North.

          • dynaroo

            Yes, it all depends.

            The point is that you have to factor transportation costs – not to mention commuting time – into the mix. And that transportation can be alot more expensive than you think. The report shows that for some, it’s actually more expensive to live in a cheap house in the suburbs.

          • Well, if you drive a Suburban it is going to cost you quite a bit if you have a long drive. You are not smart if you buy one to transport only yourself when you could get away with a Honda Civic. Time is money, and that is the big factor in commuting. It is difficult to put a price on it. Personally, I drive enough during the work day and would prefer to have to not commute any longer than possible. But, I won’t live in a thin-walled box in a community living environment. I’ll gladly pay for a little bit of space, a little yard, and minimization of hearing my neighbors doing all sorts of things. If it costs me a tad more, so be it. That said, there’s no way you’d catch me in a McMansion ever.

          • dynaroo

            And here’s the report that explains how, for many places in the outer suburbs, the cost of transportation makes living more expensive overall than the cost of living in the city or close to it in a place like Arlington.

            http://commerce.uli.org/misc/BeltwayBurden.pdf

          • It isn’t too surprising that the Urban Land Institute doesn’t find that more rural living is less expensive. That would defeat their existance. Regardless, a well-compiled report.

          • dynaroo

            You could make that claim about anyone who ever issues a report about anything though.

          • Yes, indeed I could.

  • Aaron

    Are you sure it was Zach G. in Clarendon? Don’t half the white dudes partying in Clarendon look like him anyway?

  • CW

    Looks like the rider from Garmin Transitions is edging out Team Arrogant Bastard Ale for the win in the “Husky” class!

  • Jen

    Mr.Galifianakis had lunch at the boulevard woodgrill, not the clarendon grill.

  • steve

    How old is too old for young republicans? I’m mid 30s. Am I too old?

    • KalashniKEV

      I’m still in my 20’s for another little bit… I might hit them up.

      • Arlington, Northside

        18-40

      • Banksy

        Um, anyone else here surprised that KEV is still only in his 20’s??

        • dynaroo

          Not in the least. Recent research shows that the brain doesn’t fully develop until age 25.* Combine that with lack of experience.

          *http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2005/september2005/docs/01features_02.htm

          • KalashniKEV

            I probably accomplished more in my life by age 23 than you ever will. Truth.

          • KalashniKEV

            (I’m not 23)

          • Josh S

            *face palm*
            Oy vey.
            Lighten up, Francis.

          • dynaroo

            Ah, yes, another characteristic of the youthful mind – making wild assumptions based on no evidence.

          • PhilL

            Could you guys stay on topic? This website is becoming useless.

          • dynaroo

            I agree completely. I too would like to see an end to thinly-veiled racist comments and cheap shots against innocent people.

  • I love the look the hispanic gent in the background is giving the bikers….

    • The Dope of South Arlington

      I vonder vat his immigration status is.

      • KalashniKEV

        How come you killed mine and kept that?
        I’m serious… De Jesus Bonilla!

        • dynaroo

          Think about it. Harder than usual.

          • KalashniKEV

            Are you mehoo?

    • CrystalMikey

      Looks like the same look I give some of those Lance Armstrong wannabes that brush past me as I run on the Mt. Vernon trail.

      • KArlington

        For me, that would be the “since when did your overpriced spandex onesie that stretches over your office gut mean that you could buzz me at 30mph without a signal” look.

  • Arlington, Northside

    I do not know if any Arlingtonians will be converted, but we will be having more and more Republicans moving into the County over the next few years. It is not likely going to be the kids of the working class union supporting left that is buying the influx of condos.

    • Jim

      No, it’s not going to be “working class union supporting left” kids buying expensive condos. It already is progressive, tolerant, diverse and thinking young people who don’t buy into the GOP idea that you can have good government without paying for it.

      • Arlington, Northside

        Artsphere and other liberal projects are not a reflection of good government. Good Schools, well maintained roads, strong emergency services, dependable utilities are what reflect good government. Very few are opposed to paying reasonable taxes for those things. It is when the taxes go off towards liberal or conservative social projects where their is a problem.

        • dynaroo

          If you don’t like it, Artisphere is a TINY part of the budget. It hardly takes away from all the good parts of Arlington government, as Arlington, Northside noted.

          • KalashniKEV

            It may be a tiny part percentage wise, but it’s even been documented on this and other left leaning blogs as an Epic Failure that continues to bleed us out every day when the doors open. When is it OK to appropriate other people’s money and use it for some dreamt up social engineering projects?

          • dynaroo

            Tiny is still tiny.

            You have to pick the bad with the good. You will never find a perfect government that does everything exactly the way you want it to. On balance, Arlington is very good. Focusing on a few small things doesn’t change the fundamentals.

          • Arlington, Northside

            As I pointed out, it is not really the waste of money on the Artsphere, but the use for something like that which pushing an agenda does not really meet what the role of the local government should be. The essentail services provided by the county are outstanding, it is these social projects that not only are inappropriate for the County to directly support, but so often turn into financial flops and boondoggles.

          • KalashniKEV

            You’re preaching to the choir here, brother. They don’t see their behavior as sick and immoral though, and don’t take the lesson from their failure that a rational mind would. They just think that the county isn’t ready to embrace their wonderful ideas yet. If they keep building it (social engineering projects) “they” will come…

          • dynaroo

            Now an arts center is “sick and immoral?”

          • Arlington, Northside

            Some of the events/exhibits would not have been allowed in the Old Dominion just 35 years ago(that would be the 1970’s for those of you who did not attend an excellent northern Virginia school).

          • dynaroo

            That’s true for pretty much every art center, gallery or museum, not to mention television, radio and magazines.

          • dynaroo

            Seriously – I’ve never been to Artisphere or cared about what’s there – what’s the deal?

          • KalashniKEV

            To clarify, the exhibits themselves are not sick, and I certainly wouldn’t call art that I don’t agree with “immoral.”

            The act of the County Board appropriating public funds to create an art gallery “they” would like is immoral. That’s MY money. I didn’t want an Art Gallery. Nobody does. That’s why it’s failing so badly. They also shouldn’t be handing out public funds to private bike rental companies, just because they wish more people would ride bikes. The bike truck is a BENZ!!! I want my money back.

          • dynaroo

            Thanks for clarifying, KK.

            You reveal just how ridiculous you’re being. It’s one thing to question the wisdom of funding an art thingie, but calling it “immoral” is silly.

            There’s an argument to be made that an arts center is money well spent because it attracts visitors and increases quality of life. You may disagree with that, but that doesn’t make it “immoral.” You have to pay taxes, and not every penny will be spent the way you think is wise. That’s life.

          • dynaroo

            Yes, I’d say roads are necessary for everyone too – but I’m also saying “necessary” isn’t as easy to discern as it seems, and people have different ideas about it.

          • “dynaroo:
            May 3rd, 2011 2:12 pm
            Roads aren’t necessary for those without cars.”

            How do those who walk to the grocery store expect the groceries are going to get delivered to the store? Or the food to the restaurant they freqent? Or the beer and cupcake ingredients to Arlington? How???

          • Josh S

            It’s a representative democracy, Kevvie. If you live in Arlington, I assume you’ve noticed that the average citizen probably doesn’t share your POV. You might as well complain about brown flip flops in Clarendon. It’s not going to change anything.
            Actually, with politics, at least you have the opportunity to A) vote, B) go to Council meetings and state your opinion, C) organize an Anti-Artisphere League and see if you can get it closed that way, etc. I would say get it put to a vote on the ballot, but I’m not sure our enlightened commonwealth has deigned to allow local jurisdictions the power to do such things…..

          • KalashniKEV

            I’m lazy so I’ll just wait for the forces of the market to do their thing… unfortunately this will take longer since it is a Glorious People’s State-run Enterprise.

          • dynaroo

            Calling an art gallery a “social engineering project” is just as absurd as calling spending on it “immoral.”

          • dynaroo

            Roads aren’t necessary for those without cars.

            Artisphere is necessary for those who go there and enjoy art.

            News flash: Kev, you’re not the center of the universe. You don’t always get your way. You have to take the bad with the good. That’s life. Overall, the county has lots more good than bad. Go speak out against Artisphere funding at the next County Board meeting, and vote against the incumbents if you want. Just stop the ludicrous rhetoric.

          • Arlington, Northside

            I would say roads are nessecary for EVERYONE. Even if you walk to the Market and skip to work, the roads are there to bring you the bread and produce to buy and the mail to read at the office. The Art gallery on the other hand was supposed to have brought in visitors to produce actual revenue on its own, and on its own does nothing for the residents of Arlington unless you are an employee or a featured artist. Sorry, but the two just can’t be equated.

          • CW

            Yeah, Kev, that makes sense on a personal level, but that’s the things about gevernment, generally. It regresses to some mean that is hopefully acceptable to everybody. I don’t drive to work…why are they using MY MONEY to pave the roads! I don’t have kids…why are the children of people living in $2 million homes getting to use MY MONEY to go to the best public schools in the nation? I’M SO MAD RARRRRGHHHH!

            The point is that no one has absolute control over every specific place that their tax dollars go, but everyone does give and take a little. I realize that, across the board, you’d like to see, say, a little less given to the arts. Ok, I get it. But I hope you’d agree that, in terms of keeping us safe, taking care of infrastructure, etc., the county does a pretty darn good job. I’ve certainly never lived anywhere else myself where they run things as smoothly as this county does.

          • KalashniKEV

            I can agree with that. Roads necessary, Public Education is too, but ArtisFAIL is clearly a social engineering project.

          • dynaroo

            I didn’t really mean roads aren’t necessary for those without cars. I was making a point about the fact that everyone has different priorities.

          • Arlington, Northside

            Roads are a real priority, they are required infrastructure. An Art Gallery is a luxury, any way you slice it, with minimal variation in its use. It is not like a park where you have the sport, recreation uses and open space along with the O2 produceing vegitation. Additionally we have one of the world’s great art galleries across the river, with many private galleries on this side. Even removing the debate over the social agendas promoted in the events held at The ArtSphere, it has proven to be a financial flop and unable to attract tourists on its own against its competition. Just don’t see comparing them as priorities. The ArtSphere is a luxury that the Board was able to partake in, it would probably lead to a serious backlash against them if the non-luxury essential functions of the County were not performed so well by our civil servents.

          • KalashniKEV

            I believe the social agenda was the driving force behind it’s creation. Why would there be an Art Gallery there? Who would go there? How could it survive? We all knew it was going to tank…

        • Jim

          Although I have not been there, I applaud public investment in Artisphere. To me it’s a good example of being given lemons and making lemonade. When the Newseum vacated a space that had been built for its unique needs, it was a major challenge to fashion a good use for it. Arlington’s small investment in public art, theater, environmental goods and other “social” matters is one of several reasons it’s such an exciting place to live. And I’ve seen it get only better and better for 41 years.

          • Arlington, Northside

            NOt only did the board remove that space from becoming a true revenue earning taxable space, but they dumped the county’s financial resources into it. And what did we get? A money losing investment, which has only had one semi-successful event, the Gay and Lesbian Kiss-in….. Yeah, this has been appropriate.

    • South Arlington

      The people buying the expensive and far more numerous luxury condos in the District don’t seem to be moving the meter on Democratic party dominance there.

      • Arlington, Northside

        Only because the numbers are pretty tough to overcome. If you look at the results over the last 15 years, you will see that the GOP candidates, when one is put up in the District have had a rise in the number of votes they take in.

    • dynaroo

      If only working-class union types were Democrats, the GOP would have taken over Arlington long ago.

      • Arlington, Northside

        It is the parents and grandparents that shape most folks political beliefs. Of course most of the blue collar work is gone from Arlington, but strangly, those that are still around seem to be some of the most Conservative voters around. But those that have moved in from the rust belt, whos family were union workers brought with them the Democratic ideals, while those from the southern states have brought in the GOP ideals.

        • dynaroo

          True. It’s also worth noting that conservative and liberal don’t line up neatly with the parties either. In Virginia, the conservatives were all Democrats until the civil rights era.

  • Dave

    I thought the first article applied to the photo and that Zach was looking much more fit lately.

    “Not you, fat Jesus”

  • charlie

    first, there are dozens, if not hundreds of people every night milling around in Clarendon that look just like Zach Galifianakis. And some of them get in fights at Mister Days. eh

  • dynaroo

    Is that Zach on a bike in the photo?

    • NomNom

      Of course it is! Even the gentleman with the beige cap recognizes him.

  • monacharper

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  • Arlington Virginia has one of the worst court’s in the Commonwealth and the DC area. It, along with its Child Protective Services (which is run by the County), steps all over parent’s rights, and breaks up families on whim and only “proffers” of attorneys — evidence is often not even taken, no record is made of the proceedings, and it is a closed system where few good lawyers are willing to practice. If this is “utopia,” then we are really in trouble. The children of Arlington already are. There needs to be a change of leadership in Arlington..Oh, I forgot, there is no “leader” in Arlington — only a ruling committee called the County Board so no one is held personally responsible for its screw-ups. Not much different than the People’s Republic of China…That is why it is often referred to as the “People’s Republic of Arlington.”

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