Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

February 11, 2014 10:39 AM0 comments

My friends who own one of Arlington’s most historic homes opened it up last month to neighbors long-curious about what 163-year-old “Maple Shade” is like on the inside. Though many doubtless came for the accompanying talk by County Board candidate Alan Howze, I was pleased to offer the standing-room crowd […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 4, 2014 10:30 AM0 comments

As marijuana use wafts its way toward Obama-era respectability, I can’t help recalling the pot scene in the Arlington of my youth. For details of my own experimentation, you must visit a password-protected Website with a hefty subscriber fee (kidding). But anyone around North Arlington circa 1970 could not have […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 28, 2014 12:56 PM0 comments

Yorktown High School expanded what students call its “glory wall” this month. I was pleased as the alumni committee chairman to do the honors for nine new inductees for their feats in a colorful array of fields. Our Jan. 25 ceremony at the spanking new North Arlington school building celebrated […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 21, 2014 10:06 AM0 comments

In the lead-up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I heard a talk by an Arlingtonian who personally shared some dangers of King’s civil rights struggles. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is known best as a young white woman at the 1963 lunch-counter confrontation with racists in Jackson, Mississippi. But her 1950s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 15, 2014 7:47 PM0 comments

I can already hear the anti-government screeds: First they came for our lightbulbs, then they banned our Big Gulps, and now they’re fixing to take away our fancy bottled water. A fizzling flood of facts on Arlington’s H20 habits enlivened the Committee of 100 dinner Jan. 8, as county board […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 7, 2014 11:10 AM0 comments

During neighborhood walks, I often squint and visualize Arlington back when it was rural farmland, devoid of neon and modern suburban curbs. This little local history game has recently centered on the extended Birch family, 18th- and 19th-century denizens who owned my East Falls Church neighborhood among other parcels. Samuel […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 30, 2013 10:53 AM0 comments

The New Year will bring Arlington an exit of the articulate Chris Zimmerman after 18 years on the County Board. He’s satisfied and relieved, he tells me. So are his opponents. Zimmerman, an economist who chaired the board four times, will become vice president of economic development for the nonprofit […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 23, 2013 1:01 PM0 comments

Arlington’s past has been crowd-sourced. The Facebook page “I grew up in Arlington, VA” has for some five years been a cool source of old photos, local lore, high school boosterism and shared memories from intimate online strangers. Recently I’ve been wowed by posted images of the old Putt-Putt mini-golf […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 18, 2013 10:50 AM0 comments

In this season of silver bells, Metro’s long-on-the-drawing-board Silver Line is nearing its day to begin its people-moving. The coming impact on Arlington and environs of the new rail option to Tysons, Reston and – eventually – Dulles was sketched handily Dec. 11 at the Arlington Committee of 100. Expect […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 11, 2013 6:03 PM1 comment

Progressive Arlington is getting more pedestrian-friendly. But this may be too much of a good thing.

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