Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 5, 2012 at 8:58 am 3,495 52 Comments

Anti-Obama Metro Ad to Stay — A controversial advertisement in the Clarendon Metro station that tells President Obama to “go to hell” will not be taken down early. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says he’s offended by the ad, but Metro cannot legally remove the ad due to its content. The ad is scheduled to be taken down on Sunday, March 11 following the end of a one month run. [NBC Washington]

Rosslyn as San Francisco — Civic boosters once tried to brand Rosslyn as “Manhattan on the Potomac.” But Arlington’s new planning director has another comparison in mind. He says Rosslyn reminds him of San Francisco. [Ode Street Tribune]

Couric Honored By State — The late John Couric, who died last year, has been honored by the Virginia General Assembly. Couric, an Arlington resident, was recognized in a memorial resolution sponsored by state Sen. Barbara Favola. In addition to being a Navy veteran, journalist and public relations executive, Couric is also well known for being the father of broadcaster Katie Couric. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington Man Busted for Illegal Cigs — A 25-year-old Arlington man has been arrested in Delaware and accused of trying to transport 574 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to New York City, where he intended to sell them. [WGMD]

  • Grandstander

    Rosslyn as San Francisco?

    Sounds like someone wants to build another streetcar line.

    • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

      Rosslyn is to San Francisco as the Metro is to the New York City Subway system.

      • DarkHeart

        Chinatown, Castro, Embarcadero, Tenderloin, Cold Augusts? Not Rosslyn. Maybe if Ghiradelli or Levi’s moved in.

        • G Clifford Prout

          Would be a much better place if we had more gay folks!

          • nunya

            methinkst there are enough of the gays. probably more in arlington than dc. ibetcha.

            what we need is a folsom street fair.

          • South Awwwlington

            Now that’s an idea…:)

            Columbia Pike Fetish Fair 2012

          • G Clifford Prout

            I’m down with that! I’ll dust off the chaps.

          • nunya

            how bout some alliteration:

            fairlington fetish fair
            fairfax [dr] fetish fair

            and make it a closer to metro, those queens need easy access.

            alternative names:

            queen st fair
            ball st fair

          • Tabs

            Um, no. The ratio is bad enough already for us het women, thanks.

          • Josh S

            Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?

  • Better cigs than guns.

    This guy must have had the cartons sitting on the back seat in plain sight and not stashed in the trunk or other wise hidden in a box, luggage, etc. It makes you wonder how much profit there is in 574 cartons of cigs selling them in NY. A couple grand? Somehow I get the image of Eddie Murphy in the opening of Beverly Hills Cop swinging from the back of a box truck.

    • bobco85

      I, too, was wondering what the profit was, so I looked up the cigarette tax for New York City (on the nyc.gov site). It is currently at $6.46 per pack ($4.35 New York State tax, $1.50 is NYC tax; $0.61 prepaid sales tax). A carton holds 10 packs.

      So the math should go: 574 cartons X 10 packs/carton X $6.46 tax/pack = $37,080.40 in taxes alone!

      If I am correct, that’s a lot of money to be saved bypassing the cigarette tax!

      • Virginia’s tax is $0.30 per pack, which I’m assuming the culprit paid, so his profit would be slightly less than stated. Still….. that’s a hefty profit. I’m guessing he won’t be able to sell the bootleg packs at full retail, so he’d probably take somewhere in the middle. Even if he get’s half of it he’s taking in one hell of a profit.

        You would think this is an easy run for the guy, but he’s apparently too stupid to hide the contraband from plain view and then was speeding to boot.

    • KalashniKEV

      The VA gun trafficking link is as fake as Fast and Furious, and always was. All of the free states contiguous with NY told them to pound sand. Wilder just happened to be the coward of closest proximity.

      That being said, I’m sure if they wanted to Create that link they would be more than willing to aid criminals in procuring weapons a la F&F. I wouldn’t put it past Bloomie either- he’s got nothing to lose anymore, so he’s going for broke.

  • Michael

    Funny, I’ve been to San Francisco twice. I don’t remember it being closed after 6PM and all day on weekends.

    • Josh S

      Well, parts of the financial district do get pretty quiet outside of normal working hours……

      However, I think the comparison to either is a bit of a stretch. The last time I was in downtown SF, I remember thinking – “wow, this is what a real city is like….” I mean, you’re in and out of Rosslyn in less than two minutes or about five blocks.

    • JamesE

      They both have a lot of homeless

      • Tabs

        To be fair, SF’s homeless are crazier.

        • Marc

          And they have a nice big park to live in.

  • ModestProposal

    “He says Rosslyn reminds him of San Francisco”

    No. Just… no.

    – A guy from Northern California.

    • KalashniKEV

      What he means to say is, “I hope the citizens of Rosslyn adopt San Francisco values.”

      Wish all you want… it aint gonna happen!

      • ModestProposal

        Yeah, I mean how horrible would it be if Arlington had a huge gay population and voted for Democrats just as surely as the sun rises in the east– oh, wait…

        I was referring more to San Francisco’s charm, beauty, friendliness, non-horrible weather, existent nightlife, and world-class food/wine/beer scene.

    • Yep Uhuh

      Of course it’s just like San Francisco, silly.

      It has hilly streets, erm, errrr, …

      Hilly streets.

      • Clarendon

        I hope that is what he meant, and further that he meant that it is possible to develop on hilly streets with frontages that are pedestrian friendly and not blank concrete walls which so much of Rosslyn was/is. Developers seem to say they can’t do much on the hilly streets other than have the garage above grade and/or a blank wall at grade because they want a single level ground floor plate. It’s not so much that they can’t build it better, its that they won’t.

    • DarkHeart

      Maybe it was the earthquake connection?

  • Josh S

    Can anyone explain why you’d have a bench in Arlington featuring a scene with a lighthouse? I mean, yeah, sure, fine – it’s a nice bench. But what does that scene have to do with Arlington? Or DC? Or Northern Virginia?

    • It represents where half of the city is in August.

    • Ren

      Maybe it was Mr. Katz’s first formal act as Planning Director, analogous to his driving around Rosslyn and saying, “You know, this place is just like Frisco!”

      Maybe when he sat in Arlington parks he thought, “You know, these are just like parks in the Bay Area, with their views of landmark lighthouses, iconic hills and majestic sailboats, except without the landmark lighthouses, iconic hills, or majestic sailboats. Woot, bench motif!”

      I put him as a lock for SF PD, when it comes available.

    • DarkHeart

      What’s up with those string tied around the arms. Given the area, maybe it’s dead drop signal.

  • timmy

    Rosslyn like Manhattan – you have got to be kidding me!!…
    Arlington is like DC – an expensive/overpriced city with very few benefits of being in a REAL city like NYC and San Fran… wishful thinking folks!!!

  • Rachel

    Rosslyn and Arlington is not fun and suburbs. San Fran is like the One of the best cities ever. Rosslyn closes at 6 pm and has nothing vibrant about it. Big buildings do not count for a vibrant city

  • Tim

    Rosslyn is one of the more hilly places in the region …

  • novasteve

    San Francisco on the Potomac? Shall we ban happy meals, mandate nonfunctioning toilets so the entire city smells like a sewer, ban selling pets at pet stores? Because that’s what they do in San Francisco.

    • jackson

      How many pet stores are there in Rosslyn?

      • novasteve

        Good point. Rosslyn is like DC on the Potomac. It doesn’t have much, and it closes at close of business.

        • Tabs

          I take it you haven’t been out in 10 years.

  • arglebargle

    They should build a prison on Roosevelt Island!

    Then it would be like San Fran.

    • KalashniKEV

      That’s where I wanted to send the Bums.

  • Grandstander

    If Rosslyn is San Francisco, does that make Loudon County Napa?

    • Josh S


      Wineries? Check.
      Excessive BMW driving? Check.
      Nice bike riding terrain/scenery? Check. (Edge to Napa)
      Overly large houses pretending they’re castles? Check.

      However, Napa exceeds in all those things, isn’t QUITE as pretentious, isn’t entirely nouveau, and is prettier, by far.

      • true

        and the Napa wine is actually drinkable

    • Arlingtonian

      Yeah. They both have sprawl.

  • SimplyDusty

    It’s not nearly dirty or run down enough to qualify as either NYC or San Fran. Why can’t Arlington just be Arlington? Why do we always have to try to be something else?

  • South Awwwlington

    WTF people. How about this grand idea….

    Arlington as….wait for it…..ARLINGTON.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      But at least it’s not,….Arlington TX…both are just as hot in the summer

  • SamsontheCat

    More like San Franciso is Rosslyn on the Bay. Kidding

    How about just working on improving the identity of Rossyln/Arlington rather than cutting and pasting an unfitting title – “Rossyln has a hill! It must be Nepal on the Potomac!”

    Work on attracting small and unique businesses, not more corporate stuff. From a purely financial perspective the Arlington market is saturated with TGI Fridays clones and TGI Fridays clones with a veneer to make you think they aren’t…but it fools no one.

    • KalashniKEV

      The county leadership is conflicted in that they want to attract all these unique little snowflake businesses, but then they also want to interfere with them and create hindrances at the same time. i.e. Dog Mural war, Bronx Pizza, etc.

      What we really need is an Olive Garden and some zuppa toscana up in here. YUMM!

      • KARLington

        make my breadsticks sourdough….voila!! the urban not-a-village by the bay.

  • novasteve

    Maybe like Buffalo on the Potomac? We do have Great Falls not that far away.

  • Max

    With fine dining options like Cosi or Chop’t I would say it’s more like Paris.

  • Arlingtonian

    Rosslyn has the Artisphere. The boondoggle requires huge subsidies from the local government. Maybe like similar venues in Frisco and N.Y., but with fewer visitors.

  • Lloyd

    Surprised they did not just go straight for the “Berkeley on the East Coast” comparison. That seems to be the model coveted by the county leaders.


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