Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

October 28, 2015 6:07 PM0 comments

“Since this is the 2200th county board candidate debate, I brought my family,” joked Democratic candidate Christian Dorsey as four who hope to help govern Arlington appeared Oct. 21 at the Committee of 100. Their evening advertisements for themselves – some familiar, some fresh two weeks before the Nov. 3 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 20, 2015 3:03 PM0 comments

Of all the mansions atop select hills in Arlington, one has stood out in my mind since my boyhood. “Whispering Oaks,” so named on its plaque at the corner of North Glebe and Chesterbrook Road, affords a swell view of Walker Chapel. The stately pale-red-brick home fronted with eight columns […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 13, 2015 1:22 PM0 comments

Among the crowded tents at last month’s Clarendon Day festival was the showcase for Hybrid Pedals, the green electric-bike vendor run by idea-a-minute entrepreneur Alan Levine. When I last reported on my boyhood friend, he had just sold Mario’s Pizza, his family’s business financially kind to him for decades. He […]

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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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