Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

December 3, 2013 12:03 PM0 comments

The name Arlington Villages sounds like a real estate subdivision. It’s more a state of mind. And this March, the Arlington Neighborhood Villages will debut as a nonprofit corporation aimed at helping senior citizens “age in place” – as long as possible in their own homes – by creating neighborhood-based […]

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Our Man In Arlington

November 27, 2013 6:29 PM0 comments

Give thanks, next time you’re stuck in line at the bank or the DMV, for society’s progress on reducing wait times. I nominate Goodwill Industries’ main Arlington outlet as the local model for line efficiency. For years, during Saturday errand-running, I would swing by the Goodwill location at Arlington Boulevard […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 19, 2013 10:25 AM0 comments

In Arlington, budding politicians start young. Last month, 100 middle-schoolers gathered at H-B Woodlawn for a “teen leadership” exercise in a mock General Assembly. The kids researched and debated bills according to Richmond’s procedures, telling fellow solons, per the Sun-Gazette, a certain parliamentary ruling was “cool.” What was cool for […]

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