Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

December 8, 2015 4:54 PM0 comments

Yes, Virginia, Arlington has an official song. A friend recently passed me a copy of the sheet music for “Arlington,” written over four decades ago by the late Ernest K. Emurian, then-pastor of Cherrydale United Methodist Church. I’d wager it’s sung or even recalled by very few of today’s august […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 1, 2015 5:57 PM0 comments

My neighborhood’s most notable military hero returned for a visit a few months back. Long-timers on my cul-de-sac spread the word they had spotted Gen. James Dozier, whose 1981 kidnapping by the Italian Red Brigades terrorist group made international news, stopping by in a car for old time’s sake. So […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 24, 2015 7:03 PM0 comments

Arlington’s ailing but still centrally located Ballston Common Mall got an economic shot in the arm last week. For frequent users such as I, the news telegraphed local history repeating itself. The county board voted to cough up $10 million for parking and transportation improvements following years of public-private planning. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 18, 2015 7:03 PM0 comments

Lots of bustle in our county last week suggesting there’s life left in the famous “Arlington Way.” That tradition of ultra-thorough community consultation permeated the long-awaited release of the Community Facilities Study and the four – count ‘em – four-day public “charrette” planners held on re-envisioning Lee Highway. The facilities […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 11, 2015 3:24 PM0 comments

Arlington’s namesake home is planning a small makeover. At an Arlington Cemetery auditorium last month I was privileged to sit in on a National Park Service historians roundtable discussing how the well-visited Arlington House–the Robert E. Lee Memorial might modernize its portrayal of blacks, women and plantation domestic life. Park […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 3, 2015 3:01 PM0 comments

I’ve long felt that the strangest episode in Arlington County’s history is the presence of the American Nazi Party here, from 1958 to 1983. Even stranger is the way memories of the party’s charismatic, racist and anti-Semitic founder George Lincoln Rockwell persist in the minds of longtime Arlingtonians. My high […]

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