Author: Charlie Clark

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

Tucked inside the Clarendon fire station on N. 10th St. is a special closed-off room. By long-standing arrangement with the county, it is dedicated to honoring the station’s decades of reliance on volunteer firefighters. Today’s professionally staffed Fire Station 4 deploys “no active volunteers, but retains a volunteer presence,” I […]

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

Our local stewards of transport continue to muster willpower in nudging Arlingtonians toward a car-free diet. “The simplicity of living car-free,” boast the map/brochures and Metro ads offering “stress-free” greener options from the county’s Environmental Services Department. “There are countless car-free trips you can take in Arlington.” Next month brings […]

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

Building on last week’s 50th anniversary look back at the moon landing, those of a certain generation will mark what in their heads may be an even bigger milestone: The Woodstock rock festival, half a century on. I offer recollections on Arlington’s contribution to that history-making crowd of 400,000 hippies […]

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

With the “Amazon effect” jacking up home prices, Arlington is revving up a long-expected battle over residential zoning. Years after county board candidates ran on addressing the “missing middle” in affordable housing, the county manager from April-June conducted a citizen engagement “brainstorming” for public and private solutions called “Housing Arlington.” […]