Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

December 16, 2014 3:30 PM0 comments

Arlington makes a mission of being economically diverse. But market forces push in the opposite direction. That clash as it impacts the exploding costs of housing was explored at a Dec. 10 Committee of 100 discussion. The upshot: hope for solutions built around a convergence of interests between aging baby […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 9, 2014 3:11 PM0 comments

I was riding the tourist mobile at Arlington Cemetery this October when I chanced to notice an elegant tombstone bearing the name Edward Rowny. I recognized him as the decorated Army general who headed President Reagan’s team negotiating strategic arms limitations with the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Flash forward […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 2, 2014 5:40 PM0 comments

Arlington has many historic ties with Alexandria, but perhaps most visceral for those of the right age is the decades-long football rivalry between Washington-Lee High School and its former Alexandria counterpart, George Washington High. On Nov. 18, I looked in on a reunion of players and fans of the Old […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 25, 2014 11:09 AM0 comments

So, predictions of the death of the streetcar were not premature after all. The thunderbolt hurled by County Board Chairman Jay Fisette Nov. 18 announced that he and Mary Hynes would honor recent election interpretations and cancel the decade-old plan to make tracks for refurbishing Columbia Pike. Just too darn […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 18, 2014 6:37 PM0 comments

The ride-sharing industry typified by Uber continues its blitz on Arlington’s consciousness, capturing the loyalty of some—though not all—generations. The practical, policy and ideological issues were laid out Nov. 12 at the Committee of 100, at a time when the new techy “transportation network companies” are getting their first taste […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 11, 2014 5:58 PM0 comments

Construction cranes and pile drivers are again commonplace on Arlington’s residential, commercial and school properties now that the recession’s worst is behind us.

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Our Man in Arlington

November 4, 2014 3:56 PM0 comments

On a hill overlooking the woods of Carlin Springs Road sits a 19th-century flat-log home that is one of Arlington’s earliest. The Mary Carlin House (built circa 1800) is also among our county’s coziest–a compromise between the duties of historic preservation and the rights of private owners to livable space. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 28, 2014 1:22 PM1 comment

Early numbers on Arlington’s 2014 absentee voting are “abysmal,” I’m told by retired county Treasurer Frank O’Leary. Fewer than 7,000, or several hundred short of the number in gubernatorial election year 2013. This weak showing, says Arlington’s astute reader of voter turnout tea-leaves, may not bode well for down-ballot Democratic […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 21, 2014 3:10 PM0 comments

If you saw the musical dramedy film “The Commitments,” you’ll recall the motley crew of young Irish rockers awaiting a rumored local club performance by the legendary Wilson Pickett. Well, for a certain strata of Yorktown High School graduates from Arlington in the late 1960s, that performance became reality. For […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 14, 2014 12:06 PM0 comments

Some clarity on the looming county board rematch between John Vihstadt and Alan Howze emerged Oct. 8 during their debate at the ever-civil Arlington Committee of 100. Democrat Howze abandoned a previous reticence and evinced some passion, while independent Vihstadt—the surprise upsetter of the Democratic establishment last April–displayed an easy […]

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