Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

October 7, 2014 12:43 PM0 comments

Arlington students returned to school last month bursting with excitement, entering buildings bursting at the seams. “An unprecedented rate of enrollment growth,” is how facilities and operations Superintendent John Chadwick described it Thursday at a neighborhood reality-check presentation (part of a series) at Williamsburg Middle School—on the front yard of […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 30, 2014 12:59 PM1 comment

There’s only one mom in the universe who could tell me, “Here’s my daughter’s bedroom, where ‘Damn Yankees’ was written.” Yes, that reference to the book that became the 1950s hit musical was uttered in Arlington by Moley Evans, who lives with her husband Nicholas and two children in the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 23, 2014 1:21 PM2 comments

Big changes in the air at one of Arlington’s higher-brow employers.

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