Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

August 13, 2014 4:57 PM0 comments

Ah, Election Day. Autumn leaves tumbling ‘round yard signs, canvassing in chilly air… Oops. For one district in Arlington, Election Day currently means Tuesday, Aug. 19. Voters must select the successor to state Del. Bob Brink, who decamped after 17 years to join the McAuliffe team as deputy commissioner for […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 5, 2014 1:12 PM0 comments

It took me 60 years, but I finally visited quaint old Cumberland, Md. That’s the 19th-century terminus of the 185-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that played an evocative role in my Arlington boyhood. Growing up walking-distance from Chain Bridge, my pals and I had our earliest fishing experiences on the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 29, 2014 1:21 PM0 comments

With the approaching streetcar polarizing Arlington, I submitted to lunch with two local transit consultants.

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Our Man in Arlington

July 23, 2014 6:41 PM0 comments

A most local of local histories is the new personalized recounting of the “Integration of Wakefield High School.” The paperback published by the scholarship-giving Wakefield High School Education Foundation offers powerful memories of one of Arlington’s historic transitions – some so painful for participants it took decades of time’s passage […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 14, 2014 12:43 PM0 comments

The global collision between the traditional taxi industry and the Uber and Lyft upstarts is playing out on Arlington streets. The struggle pits longtime hackers against rookies, youthful innovation against ingrained habits, and free-marketers against regulators – all set in motion by technological disruption. Last month, county police issued five citations to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 8, 2014 10:27 AM0 comments

Whatever became of Arlington’s most famous beauty queen? A reader slipped me clippings from the old Washington Star and Alexandria Gazette reporting the pulchritudinous triumphs of Gail Renshaw, who in 1969 was named Miss USA-World. At the time Miss Renshaw was en route to London to compete to be Miss […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 1, 2014 11:26 AM0 comments

Ballston Common Mall looks deserted at the moment. Perhaps that’s because I’m here at 6:30 a.m. reporting for weekday duty working out at Sport and Health. After three months it’s still odd to see joggers pounding past the shuttered storefronts, and to sit naked in the sauna just steps through […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 24, 2014 11:51 AM0 comments

Silver-tongued Gov. Terry McAuliffe blew into town June 18 to help the Arlington Committee of 100 celebrate its 60th anniversary. The crowd of 150-plus for the fancier-than-usual banquet at Washington Golf and Country Club rightfully congratulated itself on the civility of its even-handed monthly debates. McAuliffe, however, spoke with more […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 10, 2014 12:06 PM1 comment

I was hit up by a stranger on Lee Highway last month. But instead of soliciting my money, he wanted my promise not to give money – to today’s mercenary political candidates. As Virginia’s 8th District voters headed for the polls in the June 10 primary to fill the seat of Rep. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 3, 2014 10:36 AM0 comments

History lovers will be pleased to learn that the top-selling (on newsstands) issue of Arlington Magazine was last fall’s special issue on our county’s storied past. That’s astonishing in this era of digital publishing ephemera and pressure on publications to play it safe with listings of hot restaurants and best […]

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