Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

February 20, 2017 2:32 PM0 comments

The unease that the Trump era has brought to polarized communities worldwide broke open at Yorktown High School last week. It became a lesson in deconstructing how words get interpreted. The clash at my alma mater started when teachers became disturbed by recent harsh language from some students they saw […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 14, 2017 3:53 PM0 comments

Olympic champion swimmer Tom Dolan spent his Arlington youth so “ultra-competitive,” he would challenge you to a milk-drinking contest. His “complete disdain for losing was greater than the joy of winning,” he recalled. The two-time gold medalist who set a world record at age 18 spoke to fans and boyhood […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 7, 2017 2:34 PM0 comments

Does our county really need gimmicky big projects to put it on the map? Recent years have brought us several attention-grabbing transport and tourist-lure proposals that have perked the ears of antsy economic planners. It seems some seek to put Arlington on a level with Cawker City, Kan., home to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 31, 2017 5:12 PM0 comments

I’m offering here a peek inside Arlington’s most secretive and haphazardly organized support group. The Men’s Development Club, for exactly one decade, has gathered every sixth Friday night (give or take) at East Falls Church-area watering holes deemed suitable for our brand of development. I’m honored to have qualified. The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 25, 2017 1:32 PM0 comments

A neighbor gave me the program St. Agnes Catholic Church prepared to celebrate its 80th anniversary in Arlington. Its detailed history of that august body on North Randolph St. in Cherrydale describes how founders broke ground back in June 1919. The resulting building (followed by a succession of modernized replacements) […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 17, 2017 12:09 PM0 comments

Preston King, to many locals, is simply the namesake of the Westover Post Office. But for two Arlingtonians, the neighborhood hero killed in World War II remains a vivid presence—despite their being too young to have ever met him. Both shared with me fresh details. Chip Beck, retired from the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 10, 2017 5:35 PM0 comments

That home reconstruction job near O’Connell High School is not just another Arlington tear-down. Coming soon on the corner lot of Van Buren and N. 29th Street is an unusual project in intergenerational housing. My friends Fred Winter and Joan Smith, far-sighted 70-something Ph. D’s in retirement, are going in […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 4, 2017 12:08 PM0 comments

Monumental changes afoot for the Arlington County Board. Now that I’ve got your attention, note only that this New Year’s Day marked one of very few in the past six decades on which the board did not hold its annual bleary-eyed organizational meeting. Back in November, the board voted 3-2 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 27, 2016 6:15 PM0 comments

This November I witnessed an online demonstration of a new real-time flood mapping tool from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The new data, funded in part by Arlington, give advance warning of rising Potomac waters in D.C. and Northern Virginia (including Four Mile Run). […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 20, 2016 4:35 PM0 comments

The tear-down trends in Arlington housing this year got the best of the historic George Washington Carver Cooperative Apartments. Back in February, the wrecking ball hit the units off Columbia Pike near Washington Blvd. that for 70 years had been a mainstay of the working-class African American community—with links to […]

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