Author: Charlie Clark

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

“This structure is unsafe or unfit for habitation and its use or occupancy has been prohibited by the building maintenance official.”

So reads the black-on-orange sign pasted to the front door of a sad-sack red brick rambler not far from my north Arlington home, one of three blighted homes with which I’m familiar.

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

Tucked inside the Clarendon fire station on N. 10th St. is a special closed-off room. By long-standing arrangement with the county, it is dedicated to honoring the station’s decades of reliance on volunteer firefighters. Today’s professionally staffed Fire Station 4 deploys “no active volunteers, but retains a volunteer presence,” I […]

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

Our local stewards of transport continue to muster willpower in nudging Arlingtonians toward a car-free diet. “The simplicity of living car-free,” boast the map/brochures and Metro ads offering “stress-free” greener options from the county’s Environmental Services Department. “There are countless car-free trips you can take in Arlington.” Next month brings […]

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

Building on last week’s 50th anniversary look back at the moon landing, those of a certain generation will mark what in their heads may be an even bigger milestone: The Woodstock rock festival, half a century on. I offer recollections on Arlington’s contribution to that history-making crowd of 400,000 hippies […]