Our Man in Arlington

October 7, 2014 12:43 PM0 comments

Arlington students returned to school last month bursting with excitement, entering buildings bursting at the seams. “An unprecedented rate of enrollment growth,” is how facilities and operations Superintendent John Chadwick described it Thursday at a neighborhood reality-check presentation (part of a series) at Williamsburg Middle School—on the front yard of […]

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Editorial: The Wisdom of LaCondre

October 2, 2014 12:23 PM2 comments

The analysis of Falls Church’s chief financial officer Richard LaCondre reported in last week’s edition – namely, that population growth is the key to the City’s economic development success in the future – was a derivative from other comments by LaCondre, but was a direct statement from him at the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:38 AM1 comment

Much of Mason District was developed as a purely suburban model, geared for cars, not pedestrians. Many subdivisions were designed without sidewalks, allowing for a larger expanse of lawn to mow, perhaps, but certainly not encouraging walkability or neighborhood interaction. Since sidewalks were not required by local ordinance years ago, […]

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Guest Commentary: Voting Gets Tougher With New Photo ID Requirement

9:10 AM1 comment

Voting in this City and across Virginia will be harder this November. For the first time, citizens must show photo identification to have their votes are counted.

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

October 1, 2014 8:47 PM0 comments

We are well into the Fall of 2014 and the continuing saga of the Special Session of the General Assembly. Co-incidentally, this session is in its seventh month – far longer than any regular session of the legislature. How could that be? I suspect it is because Governor McAuliffe is […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 30, 2014 12:59 PM1 comment

There’s only one mom in the universe who could tell me, “Here’s my daughter’s bedroom, where ‘Damn Yankees’ was written.” Yes, that reference to the book that became the 1950s hit musical was uttered in Arlington by Moley Evans, who lives with her husband Nicholas and two children in the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

September 25, 2014 10:51 AM0 comments

The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force is concluding its two years of work to create a long-term vision (the next 20 to 40 years) and land use recommendations for the Seven Corners/Willston area. At my request, the original study period and meeting schedule was extended to permit […]

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Guest Commentary: Where Does School Enrollment Growth End?

9:25 AM23 comments

I’ve been heartened by recent letters and articles in the News-Press asking crucial questions about the school bond referendum, but there’s a central question that needs more attention: how many students should the taxpayers of Falls Church educate?

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Editorial: Workforce Housing Key to Region’s Future

8:21 AM0 comments

The realities of the regional economy are becoming overwhelmingly compelling. The prospects for continued economic growth here, despite all the indicators of success swarming around us, will be dependent on some “out of the box” thinking and visionary, courageous leadership by elected officials. All but one direction are now tapped […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 23, 2014 1:21 PM2 comments

Big changes in the air at one of Arlington’s higher-brow employers.

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