Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

August 26, 2015 12:11 PM0 comments

Arlington’s green park enthusiasts are hopping mad. At the county fair this month, I chatted with an activist at the booth shared by two grassroots groups, the older Friends of Arlington Parks and the newer, recently vocal Arlington Parks Coalition. This lady exuded exasperation. Yes, she’s aware of the community’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 18, 2015 3:32 PM0 comments

Arlington Little League’s all-star squad last month for the first time claimed a regional district championship. (Whooped Alexandria!) After mentally congratulating them, I unearthed, via the son of a longtime Arlington coach, a yellowing set of lovingly typed statistics of my own generation’s Junior Major Baseball League, from 1957 to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 11, 2015 3:49 PM0 comments

Perhaps you read last week about hitchbot. He (it?) was the Canadian-made robot hitchhiker who, following months of successful intercontinental travel, died a mysterious roadside death from vandals in friendly Philadelphia. The sad Luddite tale hit home to a trio of my Arlington boyhood buddies. It seemed a high-tech update […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 4, 2015 4:07 PM0 comments

Hungry for a vivid portrait of Arlington’s seamier side? You could do worse than the spooky website “Our Redneck Past.” Its blogposts by a non-bylined researcher unearth “lost fragments” of our less-than-pleasant history—from motorcycle gang bars to Ku Klux Klan parades, plus more cheerful memories of country music haunts. One entry […]

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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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