Editorial: F.C. Election Not Until November

April 1, 2015 6:51 PM2 comments

In Falls Church in years past, the annual spring budget deliberations (such as are going on now) were always interspersed with campaigning for seats on the local City Council in a May election. The connection between positions taken on the budget – usually involving tax rates and school funding – […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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The Legislature will reconvene on April 15 to review the actions taken by Governor McAuliffe on all bills passed during the General Assembly. Despite it being what is referred to as the “short session,” (45 days), legislators from across the Commonwealth introduced 1,919 bills and 857 resolutions on a myriad […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 31, 2015 4:47 PM0 comments

Once a month, my downtown day-job colleagues bag lunches for the homeless. To help the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, I occasionally drive the readied food for distribution at the park behind St. George’s Episcopal Church. It hit me only lately what a tiny thread that is, given the larger […]

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Guest Commentary: Ranked-Choice Voting & Independent Redistricting

March 26, 2015 11:35 AM0 comments

By Christopher Zieja In our current political system, gerrymandering empowers elected officials to choose their voters rather than have voters choose the politicians. The result? Partisanship and polarization. Centrists are stymied and politics less civil due to an overwhelming number of non-competitive legislative districts. As a result, politicians have little incentive […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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For nearly 20 years, parcels along the southern frontage of Leesburg Pike in Culmore, between Charles Street and Washington Drive, have been the subject of discussion in the community about redevelopment possibilities. The block long area was replanned in 1994 for townhouse office uses, but the plan also called for […]

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Editorial: ‘Mason Row’ is a Very Good Idea

March 25, 2015 5:32 PM7 comments

There is a clear calculus operating here that does not require degrees in rocket science to figure out. It goes something like this: If you want quality schools then you have to support aggressive commercial development that will pay for them. It is our sense that most residents of Falls […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 24, 2015 2:33 PM1 comment

The 105-year-old Wilson School may soon be reduced to rubble–to allow construction of Arlington’s first high-rise urbanized school, for the H-B Woodlawn secondary program. Unless preservationists pull off a miracle. Last Saturday I visited that underused utilitarian structure on Wilson Blvd. in upper Rosslyn and perused some documents to learn […]

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Guest Commentary: Mason Row Project Would Displace Many Local Businesses

March 19, 2015 10:30 AM16 comments

By David and Rebecca Tax As the owners of two local restaurants, we love doing business in the City of Falls Church and, even more so, we love being part of this community. But we want the community to know that if the proposed Mason Row project gets off the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Earlier this month, the Seven Corners Special Working Group (SWG) completed its review of proposals to amend Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) language for Opportunity Area C, the “Sears” site. The Seven Corners/Willston Visioning Task Force previously spent nearly two-and-a-half years studying the area, making recommendations for changes for Opportunity Areas […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 18, 2015 11:25 PM0 comments

Memories of Arlington’s “night of gang warfare” pack a punch nearly a half-century after the drama. This March 11, I had the privilege of addressing Arlington’s Committee of 100 to share research I’ve compiled on that strange local flirtation with mass violence. On June 14, 1966, the tranquil suburban Lee-Harrison […]

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