Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

July 18, 2018 6:15 PM0 comments

Our hometown faces tough choices between the pursuit of green (as in money) and the pursuit of green (as in environmentalism). The County Board’s July 14 meeting showcased leaders resigned to tight budgets focused on infrastructure spending (metro, new schools) within limited government regulatory powers. A symbol for the clash: […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 10, 2018 12:20 PM0 comments

I suspect everyone harbors some local personal “soft spots.” That’s what I call those sites you pass by that trigger old memories — some pleasant, some awkward, all specific — that color your rapport with your hometown. Herewith, as a summer reverie, are some that stick with me after six […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 3, 2018 4:48 PM0 comments

Correction: The original column misstated one Finkelstein quote, it now starts with “One topic she alluded to…” The World War I centennial commemoration is on its home stretch. So I was pleased to witness Arlingtonians doing their part June 28 at an event titled “Arlington Remembers The Great War.” A […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 26, 2018 1:10 PM0 comments

Last year I published a compilation of defunct newspapers that once served the readers of sainted Arlington. I’ve since been reminded of another. My friends Charlie and Paula Dierkes recently decluttered and delivered to me a yellowed stash of 1964 issues of a cool weekly the “Arlington Suburban Leader.” The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 19, 2018 6:58 PM0 comments

Herewith some deep thoughts on those plastic bags in which I receive my daily print newspapers. (Yes, digital friends, I’m one of those holdouts.) Dog walkers in my neighborhood kindly keep a batch of the blue or orange bags tied to a street sign, for other dog-owners’ needs. The image […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 13, 2018 8:48 PM0 comments

The strains of “We Shall Overcome” rang out over Lee Highway last Saturday. With a crowd of some 90 assembled across from the old Cherrydale firehouse, the good citizens of Cherrydale witnessed the fruits of their decision to combine their 125th anniversary celebration with an addition to Arlington’s civil rights […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 6, 2018 12:42 PM0 comments

Arlington schools reached a pivot point May 31 on the angry issue of whether to rename Washington-Lee High School. As the last agenda item in an otherwise-routine four-hour school board meeting, staff formally presented proposed general guidance on selecting school names. Tacked on was language that many protesting W-L alumni […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 29, 2018 2:36 PM0 comments

Another nugget from the “I Grew Up in Arlington, Va.” Facebook page. Nostalgia fans recently posted memories of passing the home of Basil Hall, one of Arlington’s infamous slaveholders. That’s who attached his name to Hall’s Hill, one of Arlington’s vital African-American neighborhoods. Hall’s mid-19th-century farmhouse stood on the 1700 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 23, 2018 3:24 PM0 comments

For a north Arlington guy, I’ve spent an unusual chunk of time lately enjoying the surprises of south Arlington. This month I passed a relaxing evening with a book club of mostly retired federal employees who live on or near spring-blossom-bedecked Ridge Road (access to which, I’m convinced, seems harder […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 16, 2018 3:24 PM0 comments

Herewith an update from the Confederate monument beat. That 50-year-old “Confederate Outpost” historic marker at Wilson Blvd. at the entrance to Bluemont park is about to be reinstalled, I’m told by county historic preservation coordinator Cynthia Liccese-Torres. It was knocked askew by a truck 18 months ago. I had argued […]

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