Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com May 16, 2012 at 9:05 am 2,878 28 Comments

New GOP County Board  Candidate — Crystal City resident and Republican activist Matt Wavro has stepped up to run on the GOP ticket for Arlington County Board in the fall. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington Cops Recognized — Five Arlington cops have been recognized by Virginia State Police for their exceptional work in deterring auto theft. The Law Enforcement Office Award competition — which recognizes efforts to combat car theft — is judged by partnering law enforcement agencies, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and insurance industry representatives. [Arlington County]

Remembering Swillers Music — Back in the mid-20th century, Swillers Music was the place in Clarendon to buy musical instruments, sheet music, and even turntables or radios. The bygone store also had its own recording studio. [Library Blog]

Arlington: The Palo Alto of the East?— The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service is touting the our tech-savvy county as “the Palo Alto of the east coast” via Twitter.

Flickr pool photo by Divaknevil

  • JimC

    Something tells me Palo Alto doesn’t tout itself as the “Arlington of the west coast”…

  • Altruist

    Ah, yes–Matt Wavro, who once described himself on his LinkedIn profile as “Ranked #1 among Volunteers in collecting signatures” for the failed and fraudulent change of government petition. Just who I want as my elected official: Someone whose response to not getting what he wanted was to try to tear it all down! I am going to have to stop reading all comments on this site until after the election.

  • DarkHeart

    San Francisco, Palo Alto. Is Carmel next with WG&CC playing the part of Pebble Beach?

    • B-Rad

      Well, no doubt the County board would love to have Arlington likened to Berkeley.

      And Green Valley and Oakland have a lot in common.

      • WeiQiang

        Green Valley has a baseball team??

        • B-Rad

          Yes, something-or-other Knights, I believe.

  • CW

    Can I nominate Trev for the GOP ticket?

    • JamesE

      Trev/FREDTERP 2012

  • Josh S

    With no Stanford equivalent in Arlington, the comparison is a stretch to say the least.

    Also, what would be our EPA?

    Berkeley is definitely a closer analogy although again – no world-class university here definitely leaves us lacking…..

    I wish I knew where in the heck Green Valley was….is that Nauck?

    • HP2000

      Yes. The epicenter is the Green Valley Pharmacy at the corner of Shirlington Rd and S. 24th St.

  • E

    Please, the comparisons must stop at a ton of white people. I lived in Palo Alto for 2 years, absolutely a different level, they are not the same. Palo Alto is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, great experience.

  • JamesE

    Arlington is the Chernobyl of the east coast.

    • Thes

      Why are you here?

      • JamesE

        Because I like living in a place where internet posts are taken so seriously.

        • drax

          Meh. You can post from anywhere and have your joke posts taken seriously by anyone in the world. That’s the magic of the Internet.

          • sunflower

            amen to that

  • WeiQiang

    I never understand why the convention & visitors folks would ever want to use the implied “we’re kinda sorta almost as good – in some respects – as “.

    With all the geographic and economic and lifestyle benefits that Arlington has to offer, this place isn’t hard to sell. If you’re trying to convince me to come to Arlington for a convention in July … and not Palo Alto … I’ll take the Cali weather anytime.”

    • JimC

      How about “Welcome to Arlington – At least it’s not Akron!”

  • Bacon

    What is the percentage of Palo Alto”s land that is paved over, and what is the percentage of Arlington’s land that is paved over?

    • JamesE

      What about the Bro to Brah ratio?

      • BanjoBill

        How do Dudes factor into that?

    • Josh S

      According to Palo Alto, 1/3 of their land is open space. According to Arlington, about 1/5 of its land is open space.

      Of course Arlington has a whole lot more people.

      And much of Palo Alto is hilly, making it unsuitable for dense development.

      • WeiQiang

        Does that include permeable or semi-permeable surfaces at their dog parks?

      • nom de guerre

        What is the air speed of an unladen swallow in Palto Alto compared to Arlington County?

      • Arlingtonian

        Yeah, and the County Board always tries to pave over the small amount of open space that is left. .

        For example, on Saturday, May 19 or Tuesday, May 22, the County Board will almost certainly approve the paving of a grassy area next to the Clarendon Metro station . As discussed yesterday, this will cost big bucks. The result will be a treeless expanse of artfully colored pavement that will be has hot as (expletive deleted) in the summer.

        For anyone interested, the project is on the consent agenda for Saturday’s meeting, unless somebody asks for a public hearing, which would then take place on Tuesday. It’s agenda item number 27: “Award of a Contract to Fort Myer Corporation for the construction of of Clarendon Metro Plaza Surface Improvements …”

        The County Manager’s report states that there are no outstanding issues. That means that nobody is complaining about the cost or the loss of green space.

  • DarkHeart

    Does Dave Feldman live in Arlington?


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