Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

August 15, 2017 1:32 PM0 comments

The tear-down trend in our home-sales market continues apace. But a few mighty oaks may slow the demolitions that are putting much real estate beyond the financial reach of average local American dreamers. Arlington’s tree stewards — a label far more sophisticated than the epithet tree-hugger — last month banded […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 8, 2017 11:38 AM0 comments

Few think of Arlington as an open-spaced paradise for runners. But online, you find hundreds of trails mapped out along our streets, graced by some impressive distance-running competitors. Last month, in a bit of a journalist’s stunt, I executed a project that combined marathoner talent with old-fashioned Arlington history. I’d […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 1, 2017 2:53 PM0 comments

Our placid residential enclave in East Falls Church was rocked July 24 when news broke of an apparent murder-suicide. Around 2:45 in the afternoon, police responded to a welfare call on the 2400 block of North Quantico St. When I arrived two hours later, a dozen officers and a mobile […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 25, 2017 12:37 PM0 comments

As the Internet continues to shrink newsrooms and alter reading habits, the health of the community newspaper is on my mind. In Arlington, we’re fortunate to maintain an array of choices, from the Sun-Gazette, to the Connection Newspapers, to the online ARLnow and portions of the Falls Church News-Press. Most […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 19, 2017 6:25 PM0 comments

A baby boy toddled onto my daughter’s front yard in North Arlington this month. Badly in need of a wardrobe change, the kid was alone and crying. With no parent in sight, my daughter – herself the mother of a two-year-old – sought to comfort the child as passing motorists […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 12, 2017 8:11 PM0 comments

Just over the footbridge, behind those dense deciduous trees, lies the interior of Roosevelt Island. Centuries before that bully memorial to our 26th president was begun in the 1930s, the 88-acre island once known as Analostan was glimpsed by Captain John Smith and inhabited by Native Americans. But this same […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 5, 2017 3:52 PM0 comments

The famed Arlington Way got a workout last week. County Manager Mark Schwartz, after a five-year community process, disgorged a recommendation dreaded by many in the neighborhood around Williamsburg Middle School. Atop the two recently added artificial turf fields to the campus along with Discovery Elementary School will be six […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 27, 2017 1:16 PM0 comments

A vacant lot and an adjoining home bear noteworthy “for sale–contract pending” signs where Military Road meets the road to Chain Bridge. After a scheduled mid-July settlement, that property in my boyhood neighborhood of Rivercrest will be the site of “real nice homes,” I’m told by agent Timothy Clasen of […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 20, 2017 1:41 PM0 comments

A century ago this month, the first U.S. “doughboys” hit European battlefields to help win the Great War. Downtown near the Willard Hotel, Pershing Park is being redesigned to honor all the soldiers, not just “Black Jack” John Pershing. The congressionally chartered World War I Commission doing the remake tells […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 13, 2017 3:39 PM0 comments

It may have been the quietest rollout of a tax hike ever in what conservatives call “The People’s Republic of Arlington.” This spring, the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office got its quacks-like-a-ducks lined up to begin charging a 7.25 percent transient occupancy tax (informally called the hotel tax) to guests staying […]

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