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by ARLnow.com September 21, 2011 at 8:45 am 4,263 28 Comments

Residents Decry Aircraft Noise — Noise from airplanes landing at Reagan National Airport is “seriously affecting residents’ quality of life” in the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood. Residents told airport representatives at last night’s civic association meeting that the noise has gotten considerably worse since nighttime repair work on the airport’s main runway began in May. [Ode Street Tribune]

Pike Resident Named Roommate of the Year — Columbia Pike resident Jesse McLaughlin has won free rent for a year and $10,000 cash after being named the Apartments.com Roommate of the Year. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office employee’s cooking and cleaning prowess helped him beat out nine other finalists for the title. As it turns out, Jesse’s roommate is actually his girlfriend, Lisa. [Roommate of the Year Contest]

Ride Planned for Capital Bikeshare Birthday — To celebrate Capital Bikeshare’s first birthday, and its one millionth ride, Bike Arlington is planning a celebratory ride into D.C. The convoy will be meeting at locations in Rosslyn and Crystal City tomorrow at 5:00 p.m., and will ride to Yards Park in the District. [CommuterPage Blog]

Flickr pool photo by Airpolonia

  • charlie

    while the airport has been there forever and certain noise needs to be tolerated…
    i would agree that more and more planes are cutting south of Rosslyn and greatly diminishing the quality of life in Radnor Heights.

    • Would this be a security flight path change since 9/11?

      • charlie

        No. the late night planes can cut the corner because they are “late”. there is also a increase in the number of planes that are below the decibel level and they can fly in later and also because there is little traffic cut the corner.
        the big 9/11 change was small planes. and while most are now allowed back the traffic just hasn’t returned to normal levels mainly due to cost of landing at DCA. (I think i’m generally right on this but welcome clarifications).

        • Lou

          Generally, the only planes “cutting the corner” (I assume you mean flying south of Key Bridge over Rosslyn) are the smaller RJ’s that carry 50 people or less. Yes, there are more of them flying into DCA. That is an market change in passenger flight in general. Anything from a 737/A320 on up have to land on the larger runway, and that requires the river approach, which avoids Rosslyn. There is no option for them to cut over Rosslyn and still land on 19. So there may be more planes flying over Rosslyn, but that is not because of the time of day or the lateness of the flight. And those planes are very quiet, relatively. Some are even prop planes.

          The caveat to all that above is with the repairs going on to the main runway, some changes have been made for late night flights, but that is temporary.

          Departures are different, but they have a new departure route that looks like it follows the river and avoids going straight over Rosslyn, for either north-departing runway. But only planes with certain navigation technology can use the new procedure, although most modern commercial planes possess the capability.

          • charlie

            lou: yes and on.
            i’ve seen 757’s cut south of Rosslyn and over Prospect House. Not sure how they pull it off, but they do.
            should they? maybe not.

            departures are always textbook. it is the landings that cheat.

          • Lou

            I’m not saying you haven’t seen that, but that would be a highly undesirable landing for a plane that big. Nobody is sending a plane on that approach out of convenience to the plane or to shave a few seconds off the flight.

          • UnlimitedCustoms

            757s are very powerful. It’s probably easier on a 757 than a 737 or A320class aircraft.

  • PCity

    “Noise from airplanes taking landing at Reagan National Airport is “seriously affecting residents’ quality of life” in the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood.”

    I live 2500 feet from the airport. I’ve lived in Pentagon City for 4+ years. My “quality of life” really isn’t that bad – I hear the airplanes every morning and every evening. When the weather’s bad, they take off directly above my apartment. You get used to it.

    Am I missing something because it’s early?

    • Rebecky

      As a current resident in the Pent. City area and a former resident of Rosslyn, I can tell you that the noise from DCA is MUCH worse in 22209 than it is in 22202. On rainy days if the flight path has planes taking off to the north, you can’t even talk to someone on the phone the noise is so loud.

      • Lou

        That’s because planes are loud.

        Seriously people, you moved in next to an airport. Expect noise as a result of your choice.

        • Jackfan


  • UnlimitedCustoms

    § 18.2-345. Lewd and lascivious cohabitation.

    If any persons, not married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or, whether married or not, be guilty of open and gross lewdness and lasciviousness, each of them shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor; and upon a repetition of the offense, and conviction thereof, each of them shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    • CW

      When I read the blurb the first time, I thought it said he beat his girlfriend.

    • bobco85

      Cohabitating couples: beware! This still is technically a law!

      After researching a bit, it appears that the last time this law was applied (not including prostitution) was in 1883. Still, an interesting find.

      • LVGuy

        Did Lawrence v Texas not determine this law unconstitutional?

        • bobco85

          Apparently not, because if the law is still in the books it can technically still be enforced. (Warning: I am not an expert in law-related subjects, so take my words with a grain of salt)

          After trying to find more about this online, it seems that the code is invoked sometimes when dealing with child custody battles. If one spouse starts cohabitating with a third person before the divorce is finalized, it would technically be an affair and could be used against the offending spouse when determining child custody.

    • Lisa

      What if you are not lewdly and lasciviously cohabitating? Who here is to say that Jesse and I are not simply cohabitating without lewdness of lasciviousness?

      • Tabby

        I don’t think he should have been in the contest as a “best roommate” if he’s really your boyfriend!

        • AVer

          Agreed. Living with a significant other is a lot different than living with unknowns in a group house situation. Living with an SO is like living alone, but the rent is half off.

          • Tabby

            Plus regular sex. I mean, c’mon. If I were one of the finalists in that contest, I’d be demanding they be disqualified.

  • JamesE

    I moved next to Bristol motor speedway why is it so loud all the time?

    • Clarendon

      In college I lived in a newly built, and very cheaply built 3 story apartment about 50 feet from a heavily used railroad track. At first, I thought I would never sleep as there was a train that came through just about every morning at 3AM. The walls and windows would rattle. But eventually I slept right through.

      • Matt

        Wait. Are you suggesting “I” actually change?? Nahhh. It’s Arlington. It’s far easier to make other people change. All I have to do is complain. It’s the Arlington Way!

      • Thes

        The key is not to allow yourself to become angry about it. Then you can get used to it and it doesn’t bother you.

        That said, there is apparently various studies from Germany and other places that show airplane noise can affect a person’s physical health.

  • John Fontain

    The photo in today’s morning notes is quite stunning. What is amazing is that the subject isn’t something that I would have ever thought could be made to look appealing in a photograph. Kudos to the photographer!!!

    • Thanks John – I live in the neighborhood so I’m always looking for ways to capture the area in a new way – I’m glad you liked it!

  • ArlForester

    Roommate of the year is the boyfriend? Yeah, um, that’s not a roommate. That’s a mate. She just got herself free rent too. Weak sauce.

  • Thanks for using my photo – I’m glad that it worked for the story.


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