Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

August 25, 2016 8:43 AM0 comments

The glass-tower village of Rosslyn is known historically for its long-vanished pawnshops and brothels. But back in the first half of the 20th century, it was the scene for a more wholesome activity: bowling. This was among the Arlington heritage tidbits I learned when I sat in on the weekly […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 17, 2016 12:54 PM0 comments

Dueling flyers are blanketing homes around Westover in these dog days of August. The anonymous one warned sternly against a proposal to designate Westover Village as an historic district. Current and “future owners of your property are at risk of losing certain property rights very soon,” it declared. “Those include […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 9, 2016 4:45 PM0 comments

One of our county’s most horrific crimes, a half-century ago, was just confirmed as an open case at the Arlington Police Department. The brutal beating of Brenda Sue Pennington, in January 1965, drew coverage for years from the Evening Star (front page), The Washington Post, the Northern Virginia Sun and […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 2, 2016 5:37 PM0 comments

More of my neighbors are inveighing against home builders who demolish utilitarian old houses to make room for, well, mansions of questionable size and taste. They have a fresh green argument. “Nearly every day, another tear-down in our neighborhood leaves a lot stripped of every tree, bush, plant and blade […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 26, 2016 6:10 PM0 comments

Welcome to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, said the roadside greeting in Northampton County. My wife and I used a vacation for a pilgrimage to the original Arlington Plantation, from which our fair suburban county drew its name. The off-the-tourist-circuit site is reached by driving northward from Norfolk over the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 19, 2016 1:29 PM0 comments

My recent screeds against arrogant pedestrians in crosswalks who seem to taunt drivers drew varied reactions. “Roads are for cars,” said one friend. Another said he actually maneuvers his car to gently “brush back” pedestrians who challenge him on ownership of those uncontrolled stripes, each seeking to “educate” the other […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 13, 2016 7:05 PM0 comments

I scored an adventure in local radio last month. Former county board candidate Andrew Schneider asked me onto his Friday morning “Arlington Voices” show on Arlington’s own FM radio station WERA-LP 96.7 on (most of) your dials. We talked writing, history and too much on my adolescence. I learned that […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 5, 2016 3:19 PM0 comments

The reinterpretation of our county’s most famous landmark continues apace. At Arlington House on June 25, I was pleased to be a face in the crowd for the National Park Service reenactment of the 1821 wedding of two of the plantation’s enslaved persons. The notion that this under-publicized historical anomaly […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 28, 2016 1:34 PM0 comments

When an historic home is threatened by a developer, preservationists should mull the option of jacking up the house on a flatbed truck and moving it to more welcoming pastures. Of course, it would not be cheap. A famous application of such a remedy in Arlington involves the 19th-century Eastlawn […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 21, 2016 1:48 PM0 comments

The tear-down specialists are targeting old homes on historic Minor’s Hill. As the highest point in Arlington, this prominence at the Fairfax line figured in the War of 1812 (Dolly Madison allegedly stayed there while escaping the British) and as a Civil War observation post owned by the secessionist Minor […]

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