Video: Arlington Year in Review

by ARLnow.com December 12, 2012 at 10:20 am 2,989 22 Comments

Arlington County has released a video that recounts the year that was 2012.

Among the topics covered in the four-and-a-half minute video: the PLACE initiative, the opening of the Mary Marshall Assisting Living facility, the Buckingham Gardens renovation, awards for the VPoint affordable apartment project, the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan, the opening of Penrose Square park, the new Yorktown Aquatic Center, Fourth of July at Long Bridge Park, the Frida Kahlo exhibit at Artisphere, President Obama’s visit to Washington-Lee High School, progress on the county’s streetcar projects, adoption of a new sign ordinance, the purchase of 2020 14th Street N., and the approval of various new office and residential developments.

  • novasteve

    Will the video mention all the bank robberies, the 4 murders, etc? Or should we just forget about the victims?

  • JamesE

    I see no mention of Trevor or garlic.

  • bum

    No mention of the new ‘Days Since Last Car Flip’ sign.

  • Gus

    I like the police officers chasing minor moving violations everywhere but no police to discourage all the violence we’ve seen this year. PLEASE rethink your priorities, ACPD!!!!

    • Gypsy

      Gus, do you think police officers actually enjoy writing tickets for minor violations? Don’t you think that if a police officer had the choice between preventing a robbery and writing a parking ticket, they’d choose the former? They aren’t making those choices, the politicians are. It’s the Arlington elected officials and those voters who put them into office that don’t have their priorities straight. Anyway, if we’re going to point fingers at anything, how about the fact that we keep letting repeat offenders our for third and fourth chances?

  • JimPB

    Was this a necessary ArlCo expenditure of out tax money?

    If the overview of the year serves a function that warrants the expenditure of our tax money, bet it could have done at less cost by one of the local media, e.g., ARLNow.Com.

    • Corey

      Haha – I came here to make a troll comment along these lines. Turns out someone already beat me, but was actually sincere about it. Congrats.

      • novasteve

        What’s trolling about that? Why do they waste money on things like this? Think of all the poor they could have fed instead.

        • Glebe Roader

          You know you don’t really care about feeding the poor. It’s only a “feel good moment.”

        • Corey

          How much “money” do you think they spent making this, Steve? You can quite literally put something like this together in about an hour in iMovie or Final Cut.

  • Becoming Indifferent

    Oh, yes, please mention the trolley and the “progress” made on it. In Arlington, progress means “having something we don’t want shoved down out throats.”

    Also, as someone who regularly walks to work and shopping, I have to disagree with Gus about minor moving violations–nearly getting hit by a car on a daily basis because someone runs a stop sign or a light, or doesn’t yield the right of way, isn’t what I would call minor.

    • Corey

      If people don’t want it, why haven’t they voted out the representatives that support it?

      Oh, by “people” you mean rage-a-holic ArlNow commenters. Got it.

      • Patrick

        Maybe b/c they haven’t had the oppurtunity. Corey I’m sure you knew that there was only one board seat up for election this year and it was won by Libby Garvey who does not support the streetcar. Don’t let facts get in the way of you point you were trying to prove.

  • Arlington Cat

    What, they ignoring paying tribute to all our buttocks grabbers?

  • BlueSkies

    No bollards?

  • Arlington Way

    I can’t believe they mentioned the Artisphere as a success, what a waste of resources, oh wait we can just raise the tax rate. I wish rather than spending money on this video they had devoted resources to making the Parks and Rec registration process work this morning.

    • CW

      “I hate the arts but love parks! Me! Me! Focus on me! Me want! Rabble! Rarrrghhhhhh!”

    • novasteve

      When you vote for people with a (D) after their name, virtually everything they do is done to provide a “feel good moment”. Hence there’s no logic, or rationality or common sense involved.

      • drax

        Once again, steve:

        You have no idea how other people think. You have not polled them or asked them. You are making things up about other people’s thoughts. You do this because you don’t have an actual argument of substance to make.

        • novasteve

          Explain Jim Moran then, drax.

  • Pentagonian

    I think the video is actually pretty encouraging.

  • Jeff

    VIBRANT! (@4:07)


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