Sunday, May 22, 2016

AED Morphs 'Car Free Diet' Into 'More Cars for Millennials'

Hi Yupette,

I live in Ballston and I have to agree who the people who posted comments about Arlington's so-called "Car Free Diet". In fact, Arlington's been on a "More Cars for Millennials" pig-out for the past two years, since Victor Hoskins (aka Victor Ho$kin$) was hired as Arlington's Economic Development Director.

You can see the changes Victor made to the once-downscale used car lot on Glebe Road, directly across from AED's luxury office suite. No more 5 year old Nissan Sentras. Millennials want upscale vehicles for the underground garages below their newly-constructed in-fill upscale apartments and condos to impress other Millennials. Plus, County needs the sales tax, car tax, and other taxes on nearly-new luxury vehicles for it's $40 million swimming pool, $20 million gondola across the Potomac, the $200 million convention center, and to educate 1,200 more Gen Z brats every school year.

If you didn't believe "Car Free Diet" had been sent to the slogan junkyard before the last County Board meeting, consider the County Board just approved reconstruction of the Berkeley Apartments with 241 parking spaces for 257 apartments across from a big shopping plaza on South Glebe Road and better access at Stratford School for parents to drop off and pick up their kids.

AED is jamming our streets with vehicles from so-called 'Smart Growth' in-fill redevelopment and telling us to ride bicycles. Smart Growth decision makers (almost everyone in the County who gets to make a decision) finally had to stop telling us to take Metro everywhere all the time. Duh.

BTW, Victor lives in Georgetown and, like almost everyone else who works for AED, doesn't get to suffer the consequences of whatever he and they inflict on us.

Thanks for your blog.

Charles, 22201

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, May 20th - Arlington Work at Home Day

Hey, Yupette,

Well, I'm sorry but I'm not going to drive to work or bike to work on Arlington's Bike to Work Day, May 20th.

Too many of Arlington's streets and roads need repaving and are too dangerous to ride bicycles on.

Too many of Arlington's bicyclists engage in various forms of reckless behavior.

Nothing said about bicycle safety by County Government, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington Police, CivFed, Local Media.

I'm staying home and doing Spring Housecleaning while the weather is still cool. Keeping in touch with my colleagues at work via e-mail. You should too.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Clement Wins Chamber of Commerce CB Candidates' Forum


A.Y. contributors attended last evening's County Board Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Event was held at the Rosslyn Hyatt and moderated by Scott Brodbeck, who publishes the ArlNow blog.

The clear winner was Independent candidate Audrey Clement, the only candidate who articulated what she would specifically do when elected to County Board, attend to basic public infrastructure first, provide immediate tax relief, preserve existing affordable housing by having the County directly intervene to save affordable apartment buildings like those being demolished in Westover.

County Board Chair Libby Garvey essentially asked for another 4 years on the County Board to "get it right this time". Whatever problems occurred in the past were the fault of the previous County Board majority (Tejada, Hynes and Fisette). As an example of what the County Board is doing right, Libby pointed to last Saturday's County Board meeting when, after hours of discussion, the County Board approved a driveway rather than a grassy pervious surface for Stratford School. In fact, the County Board caved to pressure from upscale well-organized SUV soccer parents who want to drive their kids to and from Stratford.

The other Democratic candidate, Erik Gutshall, was positively scary with his prescriptions for fixing the "missing middle" between single family homes and high rise apartments and condos. These consist of tearing down existing single-family homes along arterials (including Westover Village) and replacing them with in-fill condominiums and apartment buildings on small parcels of land. He also encourages the "repurposing" of single family homes into boarding houses. Like his supporters, Chris Zimmerman, Paulie Ferguson, and others who live in exclusive neighborhoods, Erik's own Lyon Park neighborhood is off-limits to missing middle re-purposing.

We looked for a report about the forum in ArlNow this morning and were surprised when we didn't see one. Maybe it's just as well, because at least a hundred nasty comments would have also appeared about Audrey.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Taste of Arlington 2016: Millennial Mess

Hi Yupette,

I live in the Westover area and sometimes help a mobility-disabled friend who lives in the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor get around Arlington. Yesterday, for the first time in several years, we attended Taste of Arlington on Wilson Boulevard.

We arrived at 3 PM and to say the event was crowded would be an understatement. Wilson Boulevard was almost impassable. The event was overcrowded to the point where, if we stayed, we would have had to wait in line up an hour to purchase a small plate of what was essentially bar food. We weren't interested in drinking beer. My friend could hardly make progress down Wilson Boulevard on her mobility scooter. Families with small children and strollers had the same problem. Wilson Boulevard and Quincy Street need repaving. Sidewalks need to be repaired in many places. About 30 uniformed police and firefighters were standing around watching everyone. We gave $40 worth of food and drink tickets to a family with young kids that was standing in front of NSF deciding whether to stay or leave. Then we left.

Obviously, Taste of Arlington was meant for Millennials - thousands of young women dressed in tight clothing (many of them obese) and thousands of young men who looked like they slept in their clothing.

Please don't believe what you may read in the ArlNow blog and the PR from the Ballston BID about Taste of Arlington. The event was a mess, meant for Millennials, and I wonder how many of them had a good time, given the overcrowding.

Barbara, Westover

Thursday, May 12, 2016

CPHD Homework Issues Delay Smart Growth In-Fill

Hi Yupette,

If you checked out the County Board's agenda for Saturday you'll note that the Smart Growth in-fill of the Rappahannock site and site plan for the pencil building at 2000 Clarendon Blvd. are being carried over to the June County Board meeting, because of CPHD "homework issues". Berkeley Apartments gentrification may or may not be deferred to the June CB meeting because of numerous quality of life issues that surfaced when the site plan and rezoning went to the Planning Commission last week.

Oh. Latest about Crystal City is Vornado is changing its business plan and may dump all the properties it owns in Crystal City. How much has the County already provided Vornado in corporate welfare?

We need Erik Zimmerman Gutshall on the County Board like we need Hillary as President. Time to dump Smart Growth and everyone connected with Smart Growth and move on into the 21st Century.

Thanks for this blog.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Arlandria Smart Growth Redevelopment Abandoned in Favor of Neighborhood Modernization

Hey Yupette,

Latest that's happening in Alexandria since Allison Silberberg became Mayor is City Government has taken a hard look at New Urbanism aka Smart Growth. Consequently, plans for massive Smart Growth redevelopment of the area of Arlandria around My Organic Market (MOM) will be shelved indefinitely and the current shopping plaza will be modernized instead. My Organic Market will be renovated and expanded.

The original Mount Vernon Village Smart Growth mixed-use redevelopment called for replacing the current shopping plaza with two massive six-story buildings with 480 apartments (28 to be "affordable"), 53,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and on-site parking for 940 vehicles. However, given the proximity of redeveloped Potomac Yards the mixed-use redevelopment of Arlandria would not, apparently, be economically viable for a developer.

This is another indication that allowing neighborhoods to deteriorate is a deliberate strategy and is an essential element of New Urbanism "revitalization".

You can read all about it in the Alexandria Times on-line edition, at


Monday, May 2, 2016

County's Streets, Roads, Trails Too Unsafe for Bicycle and Running Events

Hi, Yupette,

I usually ride my bicycle to work on "Bike to Work Day", but not this year. Arlington's streets, roads, and trails are too badly in need of repaving. The County should reschedule "Bike to Work Day" for sometime in Fall when whatever the repaving is scheduled for this Summer has been accomplished and the potholes and major cracks have been fixed.

It's quite disconcerting that County Government keeps talking about $20 million gondolas and a $40 million swimming pool when the County's streets are such a deplorable condition. My friends in the mobility disabled community are very unhappy about broken sidewalks and crosswalks.

I notice that a number of streets in Lyon Park and Fairlington need repaving and I wonder what community leaders like Erik Gutshall and Libby Garvey are doing about that.

Thanks for your blog.

Nancy Smith