Morning Notes

Construction equipment around the former Americana Hotel in Crystal City (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Move-In Day at Marymount — “This Thursday, about 310 new students will arrive on Move-In Day and be celebrated as new members of the Marymount University family, as an estimated 33 volunteers consisting of Marymount faculty, staff and current students will be on location to assist these first-year Saints.” [Press Release]

Road Projects Improving School Safety — “Roadway and pedestrian safety are a top concern during the back-to-school season, which is why Arlington County has several projects and initiatives that prioritize safer roads and crossings for students, parents, teachers, and school staff. Arlington’s Vision Zero transportation safety program has led to multiple projects in coordination with APS to increase pedestrian safety around schools since being adopted in May 2021.” [Arlington County]

APS Back-to-School Hotline — “Arlington school officials are encouraging parents to pick up the phone and reach out if they have questions that they can’t get answered. The Arlington Public Schools’ family-information line is operational at (703) 228-8000 as the start to school approaches.” [Sun Gazette]

Review Board Disagrees with Park Names — ” Until the Aug. 17 HALRB meeting, the stars appeared to be aligning for the names ‘Pen Place’ and ‘Met Park’ for the two future parks. But then opposition arrived… HALRB member Mark Turnbull termed Met Park an ‘undistinguished’ prospective moniker and said even lengthening it to Metropolitan Park to align with the overall development would leave a ‘fairly bland name.'” [Sun Gazette]

Affordable Housing Lagging in N. Va. — “While some areas of [Northern Virginia] are currently meeting housing targets,” including Arlington, “the region has an uphill battle to build new affordable housing units — particularly for people at the lowest incomes — at the pace they’re needed, and even sometimes to preserve existing ones.” [DCist]

It’s Thursday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 87 and low of 72. Sunrise at 6:33 am and sunset at 7:51 pm. []