Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 29, 2012 at 8:53 am 4,552 57 Comments

Major Redevelopment Proposed for Rosslyn — A developer has proposed tearing down four office buildings and two residential towers between N. Kent Street and Arlington Ridge Road in Rosslyn, and replacing them with four new buildings, including 2.5 million square feet of offices, residences, hotel rooms and retail space. If all goes well, the project might even attract a Ritz Carlton hotel and a Harris Teeter grocery store. [Washington Business Journal]

Nuclear Attack Would Be Survivable for Arlington — Most of Arlington would survive a terrorist nuclear bomb attack on downtown D.C., according to a federal report released earlier this month. The biggest danger to Arlington wouldn’t be the initial blast, but would be the nuclear fallout afterward. One scenario suggests the Columbia Pike corridor would be vulnerable to fallout given a specific set of wind conditions. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington ‘Peeps Show’ Contestants — Arlingtonians are a crafty bunch. A number of semifinalists of the annual Washington Post “Peeps Show” diorama contest are listed as Arlington residents. Among them are the creators of “Faster Than the Peep of Light?,” “GOPeep Primary Debate,” “A Peeps Eye View into an Apeepment on M St.,” and “Marine Corps Marathon: The Peep-les Marathon.”

  • nom de guerre

    It seems like Arlington is overdue for a bank robbery-things have been slow recently.

  • novasteve

    yay, agonizing radiation related deaths for us in Arlington! Another benefit of living here!

  • DarkHeart

    Radiation proof trolleys can be converted into survival capsules.

  • brendan

    gizmodo had a pretty good summary w/ pics of the nuke fallout report a few weeks ago — http://gizmodo.com/5893224/heres-what-happens-when-our-nations-capital-is-nuked

  • Garden City

    Another great Morning Note photo. You should think about compiling these into a coffee table book.

    • Thank you.

    • CW

      Personally, I’d have positioned the tree a little further to the right to avoid that negative space at the edge and have the visual focus fall right at the 1/3 line, but that’s just me. Also don’t know what was to the left of the leftmost boundary of the current photo…

      • bobco85

        I think I understand the photographer’s goal in this photo. Judging from a “I’m not standing there so I can’t understand the exact dimensions of the objects and viewing angles around the spot where the photo was taken” perspective, it seems like the photographer was trying to get the WETA on the building with the tree without the logo obscured. The only thing I can see doing is to crop the photo by trimming off from the left side (and maybe a tiny bit from the right side as well).

      • YTK

        Grape and Bean is to the left.

        • YTK

          Oh, skewze me– The Curious Grape is to the left. grape and Bean is down the road a bit, in Not-Arlington-But Trendy-Anyway Towne..

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I second the coffee table book idea!

      • Southeast Jerome

        a calendar would also be cool. And you could sell sponsorships spots in it and offer it free?

      • Kramer

        How about a coffee table book about coffee tables?

  • CW

    Nuclear blast outcomes? Don’t need no government study…they’ve got an app for that!!!


  • Michael H.

    I’m glad to know that I will face months of radiation-induced misery and die a horrible death later on instead of being incinerated immediately when the Martians bomb us.

  • nunya

    yeah. id rather melt in the initial attack.

    plus arlington would be over run by irradiated godzilla size chickens…….and i am not chicken feed!

    • drax

      Great eggs though.

    • ArlRes

      Those would be irraduated godzilla sized “backyard” chickens

    • JamesE

      Don’t worry, I am sure it will be a USSR city buster and we will all die instantly.

  • Melissa

    Why was a photo of Shirlington posted with articles mentioning Rosslyn and Columbia Pike?

    • Josh S

      There oughta be an award for the person who posts this comment every. freaking, time.

      • FrenchyB


      • drax

        Welcome to Arlnow, Melissa. Hang out and learn how it works. Make a joke about flipflops or Donaldson Run if you like.

        • FrenchyB

          Please don’t 😉

          • drax

            My brown flipflops got wet in a flood in Donaldson Run.



          • YTK

            What color were they before you stepped into Donaldson Run?

          • Sandals


          • Josh S

            Wait, is that all we got? Three lousy memes?

            What about: slip lanes, Maryland drivers, novasteve, Artisfail, Zimmy’s trolley. bank robberies, etc?

          • nom de guerre

            automatics, rollovers, diplomats, cupcakes, froyo

      • Bluemontsince1961


    • YTK

      Because they all look the same from a distance and nobody really gives a fig about it anyway.


    Melissa do you not like the photo. FREDTERP

    • Josh S

      See this has got to be a hijack cause it’s so funny. Spot on imitation…..

      • drax

        Why does FREDTERP never use question marks.

        • JamesE

          FREDTERP does not ask question, he only demands.

          • Tre

            in a sense… We Are All FREDTERP

          • YTK


        • Josh S

          His keyboard is broken?

  • KalashniKEV

    What about a Zombie Apocalypse?

    • jackson

      Just dig up some of the guns planted around 66.

  • Prepper

    I can see it now, Doomsday Preppers upcoming episode feturing a homeless prepper on the west-end of the pike preparing for the fallout and monster chickens.

    • ArLater

      +1, thank you for my morning laugh

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Heeheehee, good one, Prepper!

    • Marc

      Well, I did have caches of guns buried all around Arlington, until some people when and dug them up.

  • CrystalMikey

    I love seeing the Peep dioramas every year. Consistently floored by the creativity.

  • DSS10

    I really like the subtle message that in all of these dooms day scenarios the bomb goes off at 17th and K Street NW and not the white house or the capital. I guess some one really wants everyone to know that Washington will survive without lobbyist even if it takes an atomic weapon to get them out of town…..

    • drax

      There’s a lobbyist for everyone, even the nuclear non-proliferation crowd.

    • j

      geographic center of the city

      • DSS10

        Like I said, ground zero for the lobbying industry.

  • Southeast Jerome

    those new developments being proposed are a great thing for Arlington. That part of Rosslyn is super old and has a prime location right across the river. Would really enhance the skyline of Rosslyn. Plus- they’ll get super pricey rents and nice tax revenues from them, too.

    • Tre


  • YTK

    Rosslyn has always sucked– the first thing they should do is level that damned hill.

    • j

      but please keep Quarterdeck

  • Hattie McDaniel

    A Harris Teeter in Rosslyn would be awesome. Any competition for that ghetto Safeway would be welcome.

    Too bad it’s Vornado proposing it. They tend to do things on the cheap.


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