Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

February 17, 2016 7:01 PM0 comments

My neighborhood called East Falls Church throws off outsiders who assume with that name, it can’t be part of Arlington. Indeed, our civic association a few years back took a vote on changing from the cumbersome Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Association to a simpler “Tuckahoe” or “Somerset.” No go, said […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 10, 2016 10:28 AM0 comments

Arlington Public Schools staged a reunion of sorts on Feb. 2, assembling citizens who’d once viewed one another only across the racial divide. The panelists’ talk at the Stratford building marking the 57th anniversary of our state’s school integration was historic, educational and touching. Three of four “local heroes,” as […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 2, 2016 5:22 PM0 comments

Arlingtonians are still a bit sore from the fight over the cancelled streetcar. You could tell last week when county manager Mark Schwartz released first details of a new plan for easing clogged traffic along Columbia Pike—an approach called “premium bus service.” While too preliminary for cost estimates, the plan […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 27, 2016 7:27 PM0 comments

Count among Arlington’s notable yesteryear residents “Old Blood and Guts.” Gen. George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945), famous for leadership in two World Wars, ivory-handled pistols and slapping scared soldiers in Sicily, was colorfully portrayed by George C. Scott in the 1970 movie. Stateside, Patton’s life’s drama unfolded at homes in […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 20, 2016 7:43 PM0 comments

Down in Richmond, the General Assembly will soon renew its stalemated debate over whether to expand Medicaid for 170,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act. In preparation, three health policy heavy-hitters gathered Jan. 13 at the Arlington Committee of 100 to highlight the local impact of our health system’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 12, 2016 2:21 PM0 comments

The historically black community of Halls Hill/High View Park kicked off a series of look-backs last week to mark its sesquicentennial (1866-2016). At the Mt. Salvation Baptist Church, I witnessed a stirring program in the company of some 200 congregants, county board members, Arlington history buffs and one veteran of […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 6, 2016 5:41 PM0 comments

The reconstituted county board on New Year’s Day displayed good-vibes behavior as members delivered their inaugural speeches and agendas. But the seeds of future conflict were discernible in markers laid down by Jay Fisette (“I believe in making smart investments for the future”) and John Vihstadt (“we can find programs […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 29, 2015 2:39 PM0 comments

When you alight at Reagan National Airport, you’re likely in a travel-fixated hurry. So it might not dawn on you to slow down and stroll to the historic Abingdon Plantation. The airport authority and the National Park Service have created an easy and well-marked walk there from the Metro stop […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 22, 2015 6:38 PM0 comments

I have one thing in common with Joan Hitt, matriarch of the construction company family (that’s their name on Virginia Hospital Center’s Family Center for Radiation Oncology): We both spent our childhoods in Cherrydale. That deep-rooted but evolving Arlington neighborhood, she agreed with me, holds rich memories. Born in 1935 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 15, 2015 1:59 PM0 comments

County board members who balked at spending $350 million on a Columbia Pike streetcar have not—in the 13 months since dropping that bombshell—settled on an alternative traffic cure. Ideas like fancier bus rapid transit still percolate as the board prepares to swear in two new members. Enter one private entrepreneur […]

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