Author: Charlie Clark

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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 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Greeting the New Year with uncertainty is my favorite neighborhood small business. Jin’s Cleaners and Tailoring, at the Williamsburg Shopping Center, is negotiating with its landlord on a threatened rent hike. But all the while its sole proprietor, a Korean immigrant named Briant, teams up six days a week with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Regional magazines enjoy success with cover stories showcasing the area’s “best doctors.” Though I personally would never indulge in formula writing, a dinner several years ago reunited me with my childhood physician. Dr. Bertram Snyder had offices first in Ballston (where my current doctor’s practice) then in the group building […]

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Our Man in Arlington

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, a stone’s throw from Chain Bridge, were stirrings of not quite joy. I must have been about the sage age of 10 when our family gathered to sing carols ‘round the tinsel-shimmering tree bought at the Optimist Club lot, bedecked […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Crystal City is not a city. I’ve had to stress this point repeatedly to journalistic colleagues raised elsewhere who were planning to dateline stories from the exotic-sounding “Crystal City, Va.” Such misconceptions about this transforming section of Arlington will persist given last month’s huge Amazon announcement, which has brought no […]

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Our Man in Arlington

The Pollyannas who entered the 21st century planning for a post-racial society have seen that vision eclipsed by harsh rhetoric and street violence. One response in Arlington is the thriving work of the school-based conversation facilitators at the nonprofit Challenging Racism. “Along with a rise in the number of white […]