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Looking east down Wilson Blvd from the pedestrian bridge in Ballston, on a rainy day (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

We’re #1 for Retirement Income — “Arlington, Virginia, ranked highest in retirement income, followed by Cambridge, Massachusetts, and The Woodlands, Texas, according to a SmartAsset analysis of the Census Bureau’s 2022 1-year American Community Survey. Three of the top eight large cities with the highest incomes were in the Washington, DC, area.” [Business Insider, SmartAsset]

Wine Shop Coming to Crystal City — “The popular Flight Wine Bar that shuttered in Chinatown late last year is reconstituting itself as a retail store in Crystal City. The 2,175-square-foot Flight Wine Shop is slated to open by the end of the year at The Grace, the multifamily building developed by JBG Smith Properties at the larger site known as 1900 Crystal Drive in Arlington.” [Washington Business Journal]

Arlington By the Numbers — From the Dept. of Environmental Services: “It’s #InfrastructureWeek. Seriously. Some Arlington numbers.” Stats cited by DES include 22 million gallons of wastewater treated daily and 1,400 tons of glass collected at recycling stations annually. [Twitter]

County Board Election Guide — “Your ballot will look a bit different because of ranked choice voting, and the results on election night likely will too. Last year, Arlington elections officials released the tally of the first-choice votes on Election Night, but county residents had to wait until Friday for the preliminary tabulation of the results.” [WAMU]

Clement Wants More Federal Offices — “Clement also referenced an executive order made by President Carter in 1978. ‘The order stipulates that whenever a federal agency relocates, it must give priority to an available space located in a city’s central business district rather than in a suburb,’ Clement said – and in this case, Arlington is counted as part of the central core rather than suburbia… ‘If elected, I am going to insist upon it,’ she said.” [Gazette Leader]

Karantonis Makes Endorsements — Arlington County Board Vice-Chair Takis Karantonis has endorsed both JD Spain and Tenley Peterson in the Democratic County Board primary. [Twitter, Twitter]

Board Member Is Hiring — From Maureen Coffey: “I’m hiring!!! This aide role will support me day to day. Have you ever wanted to see how local gov works and also have a cool hip boss? This is your chance!! Job includes admin, emails, scheduling w/significant opportunities for research/policy projects.” [Twitter]

F.C. Approves Tax Rate Decrease — “The FY2025 General Fund budget, inclusive of Schools and General Government, totals $137.8 million. The budget provides for a 7% growth for the General Government expenditures and local funding for City schools. The approved budget reduces the real estate tax rate by two cents from $1.23 to $1.21 per $100 of assessed value. The median homeowner’s real estate tax bill will increase by $174 or 1.5% with the rising assessed value of homes in the City due to market appreciation.” [City of Falls Church]

It’s Wednesday — Expect showers and possible thunderstorms after 2pm, alongside patchy fog from 7am to 2pm, with a high near 65, and a northeast wind of 8-10 mph. Precipitation is 80%, and new rainfall may reach up to three quarters of an inch. On Wednesday night there’s a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 59. [NWS]