Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

January 4, 2017 12:08 PM0 comments

Monumental changes afoot for the Arlington County Board. Now that I’ve got your attention, note only that this New Year’s Day marked one of very few in the past six decades on which the board did not hold its annual bleary-eyed organizational meeting. Back in November, the board voted 3-2 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 27, 2016 6:15 PM0 comments

This November I witnessed an online demonstration of a new real-time flood mapping tool from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The new data, funded in part by Arlington, give advance warning of rising Potomac waters in D.C. and Northern Virginia (including Four Mile Run). […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 20, 2016 4:35 PM0 comments

The tear-down trends in Arlington housing this year got the best of the historic George Washington Carver Cooperative Apartments. Back in February, the wrecking ball hit the units off Columbia Pike near Washington Blvd. that for 70 years had been a mainstay of the working-class African American community—with links to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 13, 2016 5:39 PM0 comments

Come January — just in time for Inauguration — you, too, can run a hotel in Arlington. Well, not the decked out full-Trump, but a “short-term rental” of rooms in your own home- better known under brand-names Airbnb, Craigslist and HomeAway. More than 1,000 Arlington homeowners have been doing it […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 6, 2016 6:39 PM0 comments

What would we make today of 1950s Arlington school board member Helen Lane? This one-of-a-kind education activist not only won appointment to the board in 1957 with a mission to prevent desegregation, she emerged as a friend to the American Nazi Party and its notorious local founder George Lincoln Rockwell. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 29, 2016 4:46 PM0 comments

When I was 12 years old, I was a Washington Post paperboy, spending countless pre-dawn hours traipsing my boyhood Arlington neighborhood of Rivercrest. Each house, it seemed in the dark, had its own personality, traits I gleaned from making deliveries and returning once a month to collect fees (back when […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 22, 2016 3:26 PM0 comments

1968, like this year a politically turbulent one, was also the year a group of us high school kids picketed the Washington Golf and Country Club. This largely forgotten anti-Arlington-establishment protest drew plenty of news coverage. When a half-dozen who marched then recently reunited online to recall the details, we […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 16, 2016 1:44 PM0 comments

There’s a county movement afoot for new protections against predatory towing. Though returning to your “parking place” and finding your vehicle vanished is a bugaboo of Arlington life, many businesses, cops and the main towing company have their own feelings on fairness in the towing wars. It’s a national issue. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 8, 2016 5:11 PM0 comments

While voters pondered the globally portentous, certain Arlingtonians channeled their passions to more local concerns. The county’s ongoing remaking of the athletic fields of my youth has polarized two communities. One imbroglio involves a three-year-old dispute over whether to install nighttime lighting for two new synthetic turf soccer fields at […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 1, 2016 12:04 PM0 comments

In another of the myriad ways Arlington stands out from other parts of Virginia, our citizens are welcoming Syrian refugees. Other jurisdictions—due to fear of terrorism, strapped budgets or politics—are offering less hospitality to the 10,000 who came as the U.S. share of the 4 million fleeing Syria’s war zone. […]

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