Author: Charlie Clark

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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.” […]

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Our Man in Arlington

I won’t presume to present a comprehensive history of Fourth of July celebrations in our sainted community. But there’s one that was popular for decades in days of old that helped put Arlington on the map. George Washington Parke Custis (1781-1857), the builder of Arlington House whose onetime plantation is […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Pressed for a single word to describe Arlingtonians, I might choose “joiners.” Whether in politics, organized religion, neighborhood activism, charities or hobby sharing, our citizenry has long proved that many heads beat one. How to extend such engagement to the younger generation was the conundrum confronted by engaged attendees June […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Know any real estate agents who moonlight as guitarists for a world-famous reggae band? Didn’t think so. At the June 8 Tinner Hill Music Festival, I did a double-take when I gazed upon the odd-man-out white guitarist on stage with Julian Junior Marvin’s Wailers. Yes, that was Dean Yeonas, my […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Remember phonebooks? They were a must in the 20th century. Arlington had one as early as 1912, back when it was called Alexandria County. I perused such a directory at Central Library’s Center for Local History and pulled facts that help my ongoing portrait of our, then-officially segregated, hometown. The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

It’s a sign of our times. A work-from-home mom starts a business, achieves local success, decides her goals have largely been met, then shouts out a highly personal social media message about why she’s closing it down. Arlington-based Lisa McLaughlin, five years after launching the localized T-shirt supplier District Line […]

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Our Man in Arlington

As the last graduates of Washington-Lee High prepare for their diplomas (over the summer comes the switch to Washington-Liberty), I’ll submit another tribute to the school’s heralded heritage. No, that legacy will not fade away because of a one-word name change. Last month I received a call from Blanche Kirchner, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

I’ve logged a few hours in the unpretentious Clarendon studios of Arlington Independent Media (AIM), pontificating on community radio or TV — once joining a pick-up chorus to record a YouTube production of the “Arlington County Song.” But the time I put in is dwarfed by that of Jackie Steven, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Our sainted community has long drawn national publicity as a model for this and that. Take Life magazine’s hailing of our school system in the early 1950s and the 2009 documentary “Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey” on creation of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. My recent search of two state and local government […]