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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com January 2, 2012 at 9:23 am 3,495 35 Comments

No Homicides in 2011 — It’s official: for the first time since at least the 1950s, Arlington County did not record a single homicide in 2011.

Another Book Dating Session — The Shirlington Branch Library is holding another Book Dating for Singles session, after the inaugural book dating event in October was deemed a success. This month’s book dating session will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Using books as conversation starters, participants will have three-minute “dates” moderated by library staff.

Arlington to Install Real-Time Traffic System — Arlington County is planning to install a real-time traffic system along Route 50. The system will track anonymous Bluetooth information from drivers’ cell phones in order to calculate the time it would take drivers to get from one point to another. [Washington Business Journal]

  • charlie

    How about some Real Time pot hole repairing? It is only January and our streets are already a disgrace and nightmare. We spend so much on this fancy crap and the basics of road maintenance are being neglected._ basic good government is missing somedays.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      +10 Charlie

    • Indeed.

    • Pol Pothole

      You can’t permanently fix potholes in cold weather because the cold-weather asphalt patches don’t bind, and the potholes just keep reappearing through spring because of the thaw-freeze cycle. Late spring is pothole fixing season. You can patch them temporarily in winter, but that’s not going to last long.

      Luckily we have a government that understands this and doesn’t waste our money by listening to citizens who don’t.

      • Funny. I see winter pothole patches in my travels around other local government territory.


        • Pol Pothole

          Sure, you can patch them, like I said, but the bottom line is there are going to be potholes until spring. You can’t keep up with them, and the patches don’t hold forever.

          • A newly paved road doesn’t hold forever either. Yet, it is better to patch them to minimize vehicle damage and serve your tax base than it is to not.

      • PhilL

        I want them to do the temporary patching too. They need to start doing that now because the roads are getting very bad.

        • JamesE

          Wilson west of Glebe is like driving off road.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            It sure is, JamesE.

      • charlie

        my point is that the roads have sucked long before it got cold this year. and it hasn’t even been below freezing more than a handful of times.

        our roads are NOT BEING MAINTAINED — and that was in the FALL.

    • othersideoftheriver
  • y8s

    re: homicides

    I went from living in Oakland, CA with a nationally ranking homicide rate
    to living in Mountain View, CA with a near-zero homicide rate
    to living in DC with a nationally ranking homicide rate
    to living in Arlington with a zero homicide rate.

    anyone got any good suggestions for cities with triple digit homicide rates for my next move?

    • Joe hoya

      I hear Detroit is lovely this time of year.

      • y8s

        hey good call. I could buy a whole city block with the money I make off my 1000 square foot colonial in N Arlington.

    • Not Larry

      Flint, MI

  • JamesE

    I agree, there are pot holes appearing all over. Part of me does enjoy pulling off last minute F1 like maneuvers to avoid them though.

  • CrystalMikey

    In before the privacy whining.

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      🙂 Well, there is some amount of “nothing to see here” dismissal associated with using Bluetooth to track traffic flows. It’s *mostly* true you can’t easily associate a Bluetooth MAC address with a person, but it is trivial to associate your Bluetooth MAC with a manufacturer or vendor:


      so without looking in your tinted-window Escalade with the vantity tag of CRCKDLR, I can tell what’s in it.

      If I am lucky, I will find that you are carrying around one of the several phones containing Bluetooth vulnerabilities, in which case, I could use the Bloover software to connect to your phone, download the Address Book, download your text messages, and make a call or two while I’m at it.

      Though I guess the whole point is that I don’t have to be lucky now. I can just use this traffic monitoring network as a giant dragnet, and wait for it to capture a bunch of vulnerable phones for me. “Oh look, this guy with a Sony-Ericsson P900 always stops at Bob & Edith’s Diner on Saturday afternoons.” Who needs luck when someone else will do the work FOR you? 🙂

  • Rick

    RE: Bluetooth monitoring – This is the kind of stuff the private sector (malls) get chastised for in the media, and there’s some giant public outcry, but when the government does it it’s okay?

    And I have to drive on Old Dominion and Williamsburg every day, you don’t need to tell me about bad potholes.

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      In the mall it’s an invasion of privacy. On The Mall it’s ok.

      Anyone who has a problem with this, please make an appointment with Comrade O’Brien at the Ministry of Love 😀

      • charlie

        the Mall is actually private property so what they do on their property is their business.
        when it happens on a public highway, then us citizens do have a right to have input.

    • Max

      I’m not really sure what they can do with a couple of bluetooth addresses (or however they’re identified). I have more problems with how the information is being applied. Telling me how long it takes to get to seven corners is pretty useless information. Maybe the information can be used to implement dynamic speed limits (speed limits based on congestions to prevent stop and go traffic) or other examples of smart highway technology could also be used.

    • Wired

      Google already uses your bluetooth to provide real time traffic updates on their maps. Nobody is complaining about them already doing this for years.

  • Aaron

    I notice that there are no murders occurring in this morning’s Morning Notes photo. It’s always nice when the picture matches up to one of the news items.

    • charlie

      well since I have nothing else to do today.

      1. one-way suggests that the murder rate only has one-way to go.

      2. sadly, very sadly, actually, this actual one-way sign points almost directly towards the site of a very tragic 2010 murder that quite frankly is the kind that should scare people.

      3. the sign reflects a direction away from Route 50 — just keep going north.

      • Rick

        4. The county board’s mentality on everything

        • Charlie


  • NrNy2ArlVa

    Murder Rate 0 in Arlington – First I have to say that even in the years where there was a murder rate it, the fine work of the Arlington County Police Department have been able to solve just about every one, if not all of them. I would also like to add something I have heard many times and that is “VA don’t play”
    meaning you break the law in VA you will be punished.

    • drax

      VA don’t play? So the entire state has a zero murder rate?

      • NrNy2ArlVa

        (I wish) To some people Arlington is VA, I was refering to all laws, but recent posts make me want to bite my tongue.

  • SARL

    Did anyone on here happen to attend the last library “singles” event and mind sharing what it was generally like?

    • Parry Hotter

      The library staff is ‘monitoring’ the dates? That’s hilarious.

  • drax

    Where are all the Arlington-haters today? You can’t do better than zero murders, huh?

    Of course, this means that even one murder in 2012 will make for an infinite increase in the murder rate.

    • We could discuss the sexual assaults or bank robberies I guess…..


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