Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

October 7, 2015 11:43 AM0 comments

Some 450 Arlingtonians not likely soon to become homeless traipsed through the gleaming new year-round Homeless Services Center during its open house Oct. 1. Guests taking the tour from staff in black A-SPAN shirts ranged from household-names to volunteers who perform their good deeds out of the limelight. Warmed by […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 1, 2015 10:15 AM0 comments

 Attention, collectors! I’m assembling a fresh slice of Arlington history—as told through postage stamps. Our county boasts many assets worthy of commemoration on a stamp—the Custis-Lee Mansion, the Iwo Jima and Air Force memorials, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pentagon. But I was surprised recently to learn that […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 22, 2015 2:53 PM0 comments

Whither Rosslyn? The “gateway” to Arlington has long suffered an identity crisis for its hodgepodge of glass towers, the Iwo Jima Memorial, artsy eccentricities and parks foreboding to pedestrians. In July, the county board, after years of community and business input, adopted a “transformational” sector plan called “Realize Rosslyn.” Its […]

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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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