Author: Charlie Clark

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Our Man in Arlington

Economic facts of life are changing home life in our increasingly transient community. So it’s nice to ponder a special neighborhood where the changes — while present — have preserved some old Arlington intimacy. Arlington Village is the cozy set of 80-year-old historically designated garden apartments by a woodsy ravine […]

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Our Man in Arlington

County Manager Mark Schwartz opened the forum with a joke. Welcoming the crowd of 200-plus gathered at soon-to-be-renamed Washington-Lee High School to help re-envision Lee Highway, he pretended to offer a plan to rename it: Liberty Highway. Groans came from many neighborhood activists who turned out Feb. 12 to execute […]

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Our Man in Arlington

No homeowner is an island. I’ve been pondering this because our interdependent suburban landscape has been producing flooding that spills from one property to another. The persistent puddles in yards and gutters on my block have drawn attention from county hydro-engineers. We await results of their welcome investigation. The first […]

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Our Man in Arlington

During the grandiloquent debate several years back over whether Arlington should allow backyard chicken coops, references were made to the glories of household egg production practiced by our forebears. Last month I got to chat with one such natural foods practitioner: The almost-80-year-old Sam Day, an exemplar of our county’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

How much will it cost the sainted taxpayers of Arlington to incentivize the mighty Amazon? The dollar amount, I’m afraid, is presented by experts as coming in many buckets, over many years. Not easy to boil down to an annual per-household investment. Officials over the past two months have delivered […]

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Our Man in Arlington

By chance, the open seat I grabbed at the Jan. 10 Arlington School Board meeting was amidst a reunion of angry alumni of the now-renamed Washington-Lee High School. The plan to remove the problematic Robert E. Lee moniker was known going in. But there was an element of surprise that […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Herewith some evidence from our county that women in the workforce value networking. And that slogans like “lean in” and “having it all” work better in theory than they do when the rat-race rubber meets the road. I recently discussed the teetering “Lean In” movement launched by Facebook heavy Sheryl […]