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by ARLnow.com February 17, 2012 at 8:33 am 2,790 48 Comments

Management Change at Hotel Palomar — After being sold for some $45 million, Rosslyn’s upscale Hotel Palomar (1121 19th Street N.) will be changing management companies. Effective Feb. 22, Kimpton Hotels will no longer manage the property. Instead, it will be managed in partnership with Starwood Hotels and Le Meridien. [Hotel Palomar]

Legal Advertising Bill Fails in Richmond — A bill that would have lifted the requirement that Virginia localities place legal notices in newspapers has failed in the General Assembly. The bill could have saved localities thousands of dollars per year. Most of Arlington County’s legal advertising is placed in the Washington Times. [Sun Gazette]

Candidates Answer Affordable Housing Questions — The three candidates for Arlington County Board have each answered three questions about affordable housing in the county. Their answers have been published verbatim, in PDF format, by an Arlington-focused affordable housing advocacy group. [Alliance for Housing Solutions]

Will Kahlo Photos Give a Boost to Artisphere? — County officials are hoping that a month-long exhibit of the personal photos of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which opens on Feb. 23, will help draw crowds and positive attention to the struggling Artisphere cultural center in Rosslyn. [Sun Gazette]

  • Ballston S

    Although I don’t know what the photo has to do with the article, I have to look at those vehicle stacks at Mercedes Benz of Arlington every day. A definite eyesore.

    • Richard Cranium

      Now that he’s broke, Allen Iverson would love to look at those stacks while remembering fondly the car they let him use in college . . .

    • OldTimer

      The photo is usually unrelated to the articles. The photo is provided as something visually interesting to contemplate with your morning coffee or Bloody Mary. Many great local amateur photographers!

      • CW

        Except in this case the local photographer is the mysterious “Katie Pyzyk”, whose name also intermittently is shown as the author of ARLnow articles, although the name often disappears some time after they are posted. I wonder if it is an inside joke or if this is a real person?

    • JamesE

      An eyesore because they are all automatics (I am channeling my inner novasteve here). But seriously I hate Mercedes because they do not offer manuals.

      • CW

        Mercedes is about hype, not driving experience; I would never buy one…

        • JamesE

          They only one I like is way way way way way out of my price range

        • Tre

          Mercedes is more of a McLean car, where as Audi is the Arlington car of choice.

          • Ashton Heights Three

            Not the Prius?

        • Clarendon Cruiser

          So true, nothing says you’ve arrived at middle age then climbing behind the wheet of a MB. It’s like you are not driving at all, and I mean that in a bad way.

          They are good for getting you to the yacht club on time for the regatta.

          I’ll stick with the BMWs, Audi’s and even perfomance VWs first.

        • JJ

          Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
          My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
          Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
          So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

        • NoVapologist

          Mercedes used to be great. I owned a1970 200 – dual zephyr carbs and a sports car suspension in an understated sedan. It had a great road feel. I also owned a 1979 300SD. Indestructible and luxurious. Definitely not fast though. I bought it in 1995 for $3500 and it lasted me 7 years and almost 125k miles.

          Today’s MBs are nowhere near as lovingly crafted as those old ones. I still drool a little over the new SLS, but even if I had that kind of dough to blow on a car, I wouldn’t buy one. It just isn’t the same car company it once was.

          • JamesE

            I just find it amazing they can get their two door sport cars to be 4000+ lbs

  • nunya

    cool pic. nice industrial type with repeating patterns.

    looking forward to the kahlo exhibit. i wont pluck my eyebrows until then.

    • NorthArlingTim

      i’m also really looking forward to the Kahlo exhibit. finally the artisphere came up with something truly worth checking out.

    • MC

      Kahlo exhibit is a huge coup for Arlington. It is the arts equivalent to the Marine Corps Marathon – something that will receive national attention and draw national visitors to Arlington. And like the Marathon, it will generate tourism revenue as well as help to promote national brand awareness of Arlington.

  • Swag

    “The bill could have saved localities thousands of dollars per year.”

    What’s that, half a streetcar seat?

    • Josh S

      Don’t forget the Artisphere!

      • Richard Cranium

        Or the Donaldson Run Water Taxi. Oh, wait – that one really is necessary.

      • Zoning Victim

        Haha, I love it; “Don’t forget the Artisphere!” is definitely the best idea you have shared with us on this board that I have seen. I may regret this, but you can grant your own wish from a few days ago (wanting a hot key that will print that string to the active window) using autohotkey.

    • cyclist

      $200,000 will buy you about 1 mile of bike lane, or roughly 1/10th of a mile of road lane.

      • Loafer

        Cyclist, Sounds good. Now, how many of us can you fit on your bike’s handle bars?

  • ArlingtonSouth

    Only putting affordable housing on the Pike is the perfect liberal NIMBY answer.

    • CourthouseChris

      Not sure if that’s “perfect liberal-NIMBY answer” or “perfect liberal NIMBY-answer”, but don’t throw that on all of us, I’m all for affordable housing in my neighborhood, even the Courthouse homeless shelter.

  • Eric

    That is a sweet picture, wouldn’t mind one of those Benz’s myself…

  • South Awwwlington

    1/3 of Arlington’s school children receive free or subsidized lunches…

    I’m still waiting on discussion of this and why in a County “so prosperous” this is happening. Do 1/3 of Prince George’s County students receive free or reduced lunches?

    • Josh S

      Again –

      Don’t forget the Artisphere!!

      • South Awwwlington

        We want so desperately to be “world-class” and a destination that we will pay whatever price it costs…or try to.

        Yes our kids are hungry.

        Don’t forget….
        Donaldson Run!

    • CW

      Can you just say what you’re trying to say here? I don’t understand. Are you trying to blame poor people for being poor or the government for not letting children starve? Can you stop beating around the bush? You’ve said this before and it did not make any sense then either.

      • South Awwwlington

        Wow – you’re reading way too much into it. It’s quite simple, I am amazed that in a county that as affluent as Arlington that there are so many children who are clearly not. What is the draw to this county? I certainly haven’t heard the such statistics out of other neighboring jurisdictions and I am wondering why the percentage is so high here.

        There is nothing wicked or evil about the comment.

      • South Awwwlington

        CW – I want to further clarify (and prevent you from thinking I am a heartless a**hole) – I am very concerned about these kids and think that Arlington County could better spend money in areas that directly benefit the most needy in our society, especially children.

        I ‘ don’t know all the answers here. The reason I posted that item regarding free and reduced lunches several times with seemingly no coherence was because I was shocked by the stat.

        • Louise

          South Awwwlington,

          Perhaps a little perspective would help. 53% of students in PG county qualify for free/reduced lunch. And if you compare Arlington to the rest of Virginia–our percentage is lower than that of the state, and also lower than most of the state’s counties.


          • Zoning Victim

            Yes, but to put things into perspective with how bad the welfare state has become, even now only 11.1% of Virginians are actually below the poverty line, but the statewide percentage of children in the school system getting free or reduced price school lunches is 38.1%.

            I don’t think anybody minds helping out the poor so long as there is a good reason for it (like they really can’t work or there really are no jobs for them in this country), but how far up the chain are we going to go with welfare assistance? It’s getting to the point where we basically take care of at least some of the expenses for half of the nation in one way or the other.

          • CW

            Did you stratify those demographic numbers by age and familial status? The 11% of all virginians does not necessarily translate to 11% of children in VA. If more young families are living in poverty having been hit by the recession, for example, it would skew those numbers. You can’t just go and make that statement.

    • Since you asked, according to the Maryland State Department of education, in 2011-12, 57.29 percent of PG students receive free and reduced lunches, and MoCo is at 32.33 (Maryland as a whole is at 41.8). The national average is somewhere in the 40s, so I’d say that while more can definitely be done, Arlington is doing pretty well.

  • t

    Arlington runs their legal advertising in the Washington Times???

    I guess that’s a good way to make sure nobody sees it.

  • TT

    Yeah, t, good point. Nobody. Except for the 100,000+ people who subscribe.

    • Zoning Victim

      Probably 100 of whom actually live in Arlington.

    • t

      Actually, the Washington Times now has a total circulation of about 50,000 vs. the Washington Post circulation of about 550,000, according to these two sources:



      Considering that Arlington has approximately 3.7% of the total metro DC population, that makes for an Arlington circulation of about 1,850 papers, which is 0.9% of the Arlington population. This, of course, assumes an even distribution of readership across the metro area and ignores households.

      • TT

        Oh. Your math makes it clear. I stand corrected. AC is making sure that nobody sees legal notices.

        • Loafer

          I’ll never forget a county board meeting sometime back when this came up about the county putting notices in the Wash Times. Mary Hynes made the comment that no one reads that paper.
          I think that comment says more about her than the paper.
          Lord forbid a “progressive” Dem would venture beyond the NY Times and the Wash Post and be exposed to another opinion.- and they call themselves open-minded.
          If they had their way, they would take Fox News off the air. I’ve seen those bumper stickers in my own neighborhood.

      • Tabs

        Distribution to hotels primarily, including the Sheraton Pentagon (on Columbia Pike) which was owned the the Washington Times’ owner, the leader of the cult The Moonies, Rev Sun-Young Moon.

  • South Awwwlington

    the juxtaposition of picture and theme is classic – even though they tend to be unrelated (most times)…one can’t help but see the fleet of new MBs in the picture and then read on about Affordable Housing.

    We really are a conflicted place.

    • Sully

      It certainly does call attention to the relative nature of the term “affordable”. People who qualify for affordable housing here could be living somewhere else in a house they own.

      • South Awwwlington


  • Tabs

    I used to rent cars from the Enterprise next to that Benz dealer. They provided loaner cars for people who had to put the car in the shop. They all said “don’t.buy.a.Benz.”

  • CrystalMikey

    Looks like a giant shower curtain.

  • MayorOfWestover

    Wait, this Kahlo person died in the 1950’s? I figured it was somebody contemporary. Who has ever heard of her before now?


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