Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

July 29, 2015 9:53 PM3 comments

A poolside reverie this summer prompted me to ponder the state of swimming around Arlington County. To refresh: The county board’s ambitious plan for a world-class swimming complex is on hold, pending the county manager’s rethinking the possibilities for the Long Bridge Park site following harrowingly high bids from contractors. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 22, 2015 6:23 PM0 comments

When some good students from Marymount University presented their campus history earlier this year, I noticed they omitted mention of one seminal figure. Mary Ann Hall was of the most successful prostitutes and brothel keepers in the nation’s capital of the 19th century. Her ill-gotten wealth enabled her to purchase […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 14, 2015 2:02 PM1 comment

The national re-consideration of Confederate symbolism was bound to hit Arlington, our crossroads of North and South that Robert E. Lee himself called home. Proposals to remove the general’s name from Washington-Lee High School appeared in local opinion pages. ARLnow columnist Peter Rousselot called for renaming the school and Lee Highway […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 7, 2015 2:14 PM1 comment

My high school buddy Dave McGarry worked for the Arlington County Planning Office back in the 1970s. With his bosses’ permission, he copied five blue-print-style engineering maps of our sainted 26 square miles, covering 1935 to 1975. He bequeathed them to me in his recent downsizing move. As befits my […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 30, 2015 2:36 PM0 comments

A coming land-use decision will force the county board to choose among past, present and public safety. Fire Station No. 8, on Lee Highway across from McDonald’s, holds the historic distinction of being the first African-American-run firehouse south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Fire Department is mulling a plan to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 24, 2015 5:28 PM0 comments

Preston Caruthers seldom puts his name on the many marks he has made on Arlington over seven decades—an exception being chiseled letters on the Caruthers building at Marymount University. At 88 the builder, multi-hatted civic leader and philanthropist still arrives daily at the Ballston office of Caruthers Properties LLC, though […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 16, 2015 1:09 PM0 comments

Glen Hilbrand, the ever-present panhandler on duty at Sycamore Street and Washington Blvd., was being handcuffed by Arlington police the morning I walked by him last month. When I asked—after he was released—he told me there was a warrant on him from Fairfax County because of a fistfight with a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 9, 2015 10:25 AM0 comments

The messiness of democracy—that worst form of government except all others—was on display June 2 at Arlington County Civic Federation meeting. Yet the process delivered impressive results for the cause of affordable housing, an issue that divides Arlingtonians geographically, ideologically, tactically. The state of play: The State of Virginia requires […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 2, 2015 12:59 PM0 comments

A jazz maestro who honed his rhythms in Arlington found himself coming full circle last month at the Washington Golf and Country Club. Lennie Cuje, a revered vibraphonist who was raised in Nazi Germany but grew up to perform at special events for three U.S. presidents, spoke May 19th at […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 26, 2015 12:30 PM0 comments

On a forested mountainside in Fauquier County, where Mosby and J.E.B. Stuart rode, I was surrounded one recent Saturday by dozens of children and adult nature lovers. The common bond? All Arlingtonians. Welcome to Open House Day at the Arlington Public Schools-operated Outdoor Lab. What for thousands is the site […]

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