Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

September 16, 2015 9:01 PM2 comments

It’s Demolition Derby time for Arlington’s churning housing stock. On every residential block, it seems, there’s a tear-down on ever-more-valuable land. Ranch and Cape Cod homes erected during our county’s post-World War II boom increasingly are deemed obsolete. Demolition permits, county figures show, rose from 91 applications in the first […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 8, 2015 2:03 PM0 comments

In the world of consumer finance forecasts, Austin Kiplinger is a walking brand name. What is less-known is that the 97-year-old editor emeritus of Kiplinger Washington Editors spent a very happy childhood in our own Arlington. “I have lots of memories from 1924, very vivid years aged 6 to 14,” […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 2, 2015 7:17 PM0 comments

I’ll forgive the planners of Arlington’s spiffy new Discovery, our state-of-the-building-arts elementary school set to welcome a fresh student body next week. This wondrous structure sits on (and under) a hill that is the front yard of Williamsburg Middle School, where in 1968 I was photographed joining hands with fellow […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 26, 2015 12:11 PM0 comments

Arlington’s green park enthusiasts are hopping mad. At the county fair this month, I chatted with an activist at the booth shared by two grassroots groups, the older Friends of Arlington Parks and the newer, recently vocal Arlington Parks Coalition. This lady exuded exasperation. Yes, she’s aware of the community’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 18, 2015 3:32 PM0 comments

Arlington Little League’s all-star squad last month for the first time claimed a regional district championship. (Whooped Alexandria!) After mentally congratulating them, I unearthed, via the son of a longtime Arlington coach, a yellowing set of lovingly typed statistics of my own generation’s Junior Major Baseball League, from 1957 to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 11, 2015 3:49 PM0 comments

Perhaps you read last week about hitchbot. He (it?) was the Canadian-made robot hitchhiker who, following months of successful intercontinental travel, died a mysterious roadside death from vandals in friendly Philadelphia. The sad Luddite tale hit home to a trio of my Arlington boyhood buddies. It seemed a high-tech update […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 4, 2015 4:07 PM0 comments

Hungry for a vivid portrait of Arlington’s seamier side? You could do worse than the spooky website “Our Redneck Past.” Its blogposts by a non-bylined researcher unearth “lost fragments” of our less-than-pleasant history—from motorcycle gang bars to Ku Klux Klan parades, plus more cheerful memories of country music haunts. One entry […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 29, 2015 9:53 PM3 comments

A poolside reverie this summer prompted me to ponder the state of swimming around Arlington County. To refresh: The county board’s ambitious plan for a world-class swimming complex is on hold, pending the county manager’s rethinking the possibilities for the Long Bridge Park site following harrowingly high bids from contractors. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 22, 2015 6:23 PM0 comments

When some good students from Marymount University presented their campus history earlier this year, I noticed they omitted mention of one seminal figure. Mary Ann Hall was of the most successful prostitutes and brothel keepers in the nation’s capital of the 19th century. Her ill-gotten wealth enabled her to purchase […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 14, 2015 2:02 PM1 comment

The national re-consideration of Confederate symbolism was bound to hit Arlington, our crossroads of North and South that Robert E. Lee himself called home. Proposals to remove the general’s name from Washington-Lee High School appeared in local opinion pages. ARLnow columnist Peter Rousselot called for renaming the school and Lee Highway […]

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