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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com August 19, 2011 at 8:45 am 3,718 35 Comments

Arlington Lauded in The Atlantic — “New data from Arlington County, Virginia, provide an in-depth look at how a jurisdiction known for great planning has leveraged excellent transit service and transit-oriented development into efficient transportation performance.” [The Atlantic, CommuterPage Blog]

Renovated Aurora Hills Library Holds Open House — The newly-renovated Aurora Hills branch library will hold a grand opening next week. Residents are encouraged to attend the open house, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. There will be several kid-friendly activities, including face painting, balloon animals and storytime. Among the new improvements is a spruced-up lobby and wireless internet access. [Library Blog]

Drainage Pipe Work on Route 50 — Crews are reportedly working to clear a backed-up drainage pipe along Route 50. [Ode Street Tribune]

Green Candidate for School Board — Independent Green candidate Andrea Ochoa has qualified to face off against incumbent Abby Raphael in November’s school board election. The Independent Greens of Virginia web site has Ochoa’s photo but no biography. [Sun Gazette, Independent Greens of Virginia]

Flickr pool photo by Airpolonia

  • CW

    “Clearing a backed-up drainage pipe” = performing the heimlich on Christine O’Donnell.

    • AllenB

      Okay, now that gave me a good laugh.

  • Richard Cranium

    I sure hope the balloon animals have their own fenced-in park. And I renew my standing objection to letting them commingle with children.

    • John B

      As long as the balloon animals stay away from the Courthouse Farmer’s Market we should avoid riots.

      • Keep them away from Steve85 also or he may pop them.

        • Aaron

          Balloon animals don’t belong in the city; they belong in BalloonCountryville with the Balloon TEA Party.

          • Bluemontsince1961


  • CrystalMikey

    I think that photo is more Crystal City than Pentagon City. 😉

  • Arlwhenever

    The number of family households in Arlington is trending down in both absolute and percentage terms. The number of single adult households has risen steadlily to 44.5 percent. Over 40 percent or Arlington’s adult population is between 20 and 35 years of age. Someday most of that cohort will grow up, move on, have a familiy and own a car. It’s ridiculous to claim that providing transitional housing for a footloose group of young adults translates into green or efficient transportation performance.

    • CW

      Honestly I think a sizeable percentage of that cohort will leave the DC area after realizing that they can have twice the purchasing power (or more) on 75% of the money (or less) that they make here almost anywhere else in the country (by almost anywhere, I mean absolutely anywhere except NYC, SF, LA, and Chicago).

      • John B

        The problem is all the jobs are here. We live in a recession-resistant area. I’ve had a few friends leave NoVA only to come back for jobs.

    • RosRes

      I moved to Arlington when I was in my late 20’s. I am now in my early 40’s and have no plans to move off my block much less out of the county. We are settled into a nice one car scenario (we don’t use the car much, but its nice to have one). So while many people probably will move on, some of us do stick around for the long haul!

      • Clarendon

        Same here ! Except mid-20’s and now mid-40’s 🙂

        • CW

          Right…you guys lucked out timing-wise. I wouldn’t move a bit either. Thinking about what real estate prices were like here 15-20 years ago makes me want to throw myself into Donaldson Run.

          • JamesE

            I bought my condo from the original owner, she paid $85k for it, I hate her. A lot of the people in my building have had their places for 10+ years and are paid off.

          • CW

            And yet, even a couple years ago, you still probably got a deal that would be enviable by today’s prices!

          • Clarendon

            And, the person I bought my house from in ’97 thought they were making out like bandits because the house sold for twice what they bought it for in the late 80’s ! Conversely, I was worried about prices collapsing when I bought in ’97! I am extremely grateful for my good fortune.

        • cyclist

          Me too. Not going anywhere.

      • Suburban Not Urban

        The real issue is that the ArlCo you moved into in your 20’s is not the same ArlCo that you live in in your 40’s. Questions:
        Are you gonna want to continue to live in ArlCo as the board policies continue to double the density and hem in the single family homes?
        Who’s gonna fill all that rented/transition housing when the Federal govt goes through contraction?(Anacostia here we come)
        What are you gonna do when you are 70 and can’t walk 5 miles a day?

        • JamesE

          When I am 70 I am just going to move into Carpool and drink 24/7, which really isn’t that much different from what I do now.

          • Ha ha. You won’t make 70. If you do, and you do that, you won’t make 71,

          • JamesE

            Alcohol only makes me stronger and also increases the probability of me going to Pizza Roma by 10000%

          • Burger

            Unless you are in your late 60’s, I doubt Carpool will be there.

          • JamesE

            If carpool closes you best lock your doors and stay inside because I will go on a rampage.

          • charlie

            a few years ago … ok maybe 10….
            there were these two older women (70’s) who would have dinner at Carpool every night. They walked over from one of the apartment buildings.
            I think they also had a beer or a good mixed drink.
            it was so cool to see.

            i’ve lived in arlington for four decades. love it. not going anywhere. plan to be a cranky old man on some future internet blog for a long long time.

          • Clarendon

            Sounds like a plan !

            Speaking of drinking and getting old – this is a really interesting discussion of the alternative – going to live in an exclusively old people place (not for me, but might be what others are planning)


          • charlie

            i can’t imagine living somewhere that everyone was like me.
            the diversity of arlington is wonderful.

          • LesserVirginiaSquare

            All those flip-flops…

        • Clarendon

          Walking 5 miles is a lot. I prefer to walk 3 blocks for most of what I need. Or, take metro, bus or cab. I ask the same about driving – what am I going to do when I have to give up the keys to our car when I develop low-vision from macular degeneration ?

          • CW

            If you bought in Clarendon 20 years ago you probably have gained $1M+ in equity since then…so cash out and hire a driver…

          • cyclist

            No, not quite $1 million.

          • Clarendon

            That only works for Miss Daisy.

          • Aaron

            @Clarendon: Folic Acid and Lutein are your best bet. Start now, it’s never too early.

  • YTK

    “excellent transit service and transit-oriented development into efficient transportation performance.”
    HAHAHAHA!! They’re talking about Arlington VEE AY???

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