Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com May 14, 2012 at 8:55 am 3,833 33 Comments

Bikes Stolen From Arlington Found on Craigslist — A woman who had her bike stolen from the Ballston Metro station last month ended up finding the bike for sale on Craigslist by a dealer in the District. When she went to D.C. police for help recovering the bike, however, she was reportedly told that police there can’t help her because she’s an Arlington resident. [DCist]

Pike Development Voted Down by Planning Commission — Last week the Arlington County Planning Commission voted against plans for a residential development at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Glebe Road. Planning commissioners objected to the project’s plans for routing traffic only onto eastbound Columbia Pike and southbound Glebe Road, as well as to the composite siding that will be used to cover the buildings. The vote against the project was made despite the fact that it complies with existing zoning codes. [Arlington Mercury]

Va. HOV Rules Clarified — “Virginia’s rules for who’s legal in the HOV lanes are a mess — and they keep changing,” writes Robert “Dr. Gridlock” Thomson, who goes on to explain what exactly the current HOV rules are for highways like I-395 and I-66. [Dr. Gridlock]

Real Estate Rise in Arlington — April was a good month for real estate sellers in Arlington. The number of sales and the average sales price were both up by double digits compared to one year prior. The average residential real estate sales price in Arlington is now $613,421 — $809,450 for single family homes only. [Sun Gazette]

Options for Recycling a Computer — If you have some old computer equipment you need to get rid of, there are several options for recycling a computer in and around Arlington. [Arlington Virginia Computer Repair]

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  • NrNy2ArlVa

    Thumbs up to DC police………..NOT!!!

    • WeiQiang

      Reminds me of the guy in DC – a few years ago – who had a GPS tracker on his $2000 bike. After it was stolen, he activated the GPS, located the bike [it was a few blocks from his place] and notified the MPD. No action. He then tracked down the bike himself and photographed the people who were riding it … and notified the MPD. *crickets* He never got the bike back.

  • drax

    Wow, hope I’m never mugged or shot in DC. What a pathetic excuse.

  • charles

    Proved again: Ya don’t have to be smart to get hired as a police officer. Presumably the DC police kept this from Cathy Lanier.

  • Roquer

    To the victim of the bike theft- go back to Arlington Police. There’s a reason why Arlington has a LOT less crime than DC- its customer service.

    • Corey

      That’s probably not why!

  • JamesE

    ACPD should use some of its drones and have a special task force to retrieve the bike since DC is clearly not interested in the spirit of cooperation.

  • Corey

    The DC cops almost certainly told her – truthfully – that she should work through ACPD as the theft occurred in Arlington. Then, through the magic of the internet, the story became “DC cops refuse to help”.

  • WeiQiang

    The theft of the bike would be a VA crime. The receipt of stolen goods or fencing of stolen goods would still be a crime in DC. In fact, the theft [by the people in possession of the bike] would be harder to prove than the fact that they actually have physical possession of it. I would think the easier path would be through the DC police … assuming they had any interest.

    • Corey

      Right, but what PC would DC cops have to do a search? Certainly one person’s allegation isn’t enough, and by not going through Arlington police, that’s all this person had.

      • WeiQiang

        [a] a customized feature of the bike; [b] prior complaints about this “dealer”.

        Miriam went through ACPD.

        • Norah

          That’s such a pretty name……

  • Arlingtron

    When my bike was stolen in DC I had difficulty in even getting a police report filed (necessary for insurance claim). I had to pull a favor from a DC cop I know to get any action.

  • Joe

    This is not just about the laziness of MPD, but also the the laziness of the Arlington P.D. They sent the woman across the river to talk with MPD knowing this would be MPD’s response. Arlington PD could easily have contacted MPD on her behalf–MPD would then have felt a “professional courtesy” to go retrieve the bike. By sending the woman herself, ACPD was essentially telling MPD “we don’t care about this.”

  • meh..

    Glad to hear the commission voted down what promised to be a hideous looking development. Composite siding??? Seriously???

    • WeiQiang

      HardiePlank peforms better than other materials. It’s definitely not cheap.

      I don’t know what your definition of “hideous” is, but the designs on line don’t look any different from other new developments in ArlCo.

      How does the Board disapprove a design that meets code and approve the Boeing HQ that Planning and Environment recommended against?

      • WeiQiang

        CORRECTION: Planning sent this project back, not the ACB.

      • meh..

        #1: I didn’t call it cheap. I know the price of Hardi as I’ve managed numerous construction projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region where it was installed.
        #2: I didn’t address it’s performance quality either. Again, I’m very familiar with the performance quality of Hardi for the same reason as stated above.
        #3: My definition of “hideous” is the use of a material that was primarily designed for use on single family residential structures being used on large scale multi-family and commercial properties. ESPECIALLY at a prominent location such at Columbia Pike & Glebe Rd.
        There are much better options for facade material for a building such as this. Brick, Stone, Cast Stone, Zinc Panel, concrete…

  • CW

    Question for the lawyers: Since the bike crossed state lines, does that make it interstate trafficking and thus a federal crime?

  • Lou

    That really is a hideous little site plan for that development. Forget about the siding, the block plan and traffic pattern looked horrible from the start.

  • SomeGuy

    I prefer this response to finding one’s stolen bike for sale:

    • Tabs

      That was very well-executed.

  • 1234

    Forcing traffic and parking onto already clogged adjacent residential streets is not a solution for bad design work.

    • Josh S

      Clogged. Uh-huh.

  • i had my bike stolen in austin, texas 3 blocks from the state capitol bldg a few years ago. it turned up in a local pawn shop but the ID had been taken off so i couldn’t “prove” it was mine to the police. good times.

    • WeiQiang

      Should’ve had metal-studded tires. That’ll learn ya’.

  • Dee Bunker

    This is why I choose to live in Arlington County. If I dial 911, I know competent people will respond.


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