Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

January 14, 2015 7:25 PM0 comments

Herewith a discovery in the story of slavery in 19th-century Arlington. John Taylor, a local schoolmate who works at Brown’s Hardware, shared with me a remarkable boyhood memory. Back in the 1960s, at an old house two doors from his in the Overlee Knolls neighborhood, he once ducked into a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 6, 2015 2:57 PM0 comments

Women in public office. It may seem normal today—look at Arlington’s School Board with four of five members female, and our County Board with two of five. But it was not long ago when “women made the coffee and the men ran for office,” I was reminded recently by longtime […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 30, 2014 2:32 PM0 comments

Much ado of late in the Arlington theater scene. The creative-but-resented-by-some Artisphere, the county announced Dec. 17, will likely shut down June 30. It’s a casualty of subsidies that failed to produce the envisioned self-sustaining, hip arts and drama institution that would help revitalize nighttime Rosslyn. That same day, the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 23, 2014 5:19 PM0 comments

I retain memories of roughly 60 Christmases spent here in Arlington. Those sugarplum visions range from family trips to buy a Christmas tree at churches or the Optimist Club lot, to early visits to the laps of Santa impersonators at Hecht’s or Kann’s department stores. But when I drive through […]

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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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