Friday, March 9, 2012

Pike Middle Class Increasingly Unhappy about Proposed Streetcar, Gentrification

Hello, Yupette,

I was unhappy to see that the Arlington County Board and Fairfax County Board don't want to even mention alternatives to the Pike streetcar, although enhanced bus service would serve Pike residents equally as well as streetcars at 1/5 the cost.

It's time to state what the Arlington County Board's twin agendas are: racism and elitism. They want all minorities and the middle class out of Arlington. They want every building on the Pike to be another Penrose Square or 5500. They want miles of upscale restaurants. They want restaurant employees to commute 40 miles one-way, just like Clarendon and Shirlington.

Well, I want the County Board out of office. They're nothing bunch a bunch of racists and elitists, including Walter Tejada.

Same thing occurred in Alexandria with waterfront development and now the real Democrats are going after PlutoCrat Elitist Bill Euille to vote him out. About time.

Same must happen in Arlington, starting with electing Audrey Clement on March 27th. While we're at it, time to fire the gang that's making Arlington an 'New Urbanist Redevelopment Opportunity'. Starting with Barbara Donnellan.

Thanks for your blog.

K.L.

25 Comments:

At 09 March, 2012 , Anonymous fairgrrl said...

Andy McDonald resigned from the Alexandria Democratic Committee and he's running against Bill 'As a Matter of Fact, I AM a Developer' Euille, as an Independent.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want a stupid streetcar on the Pike. Huge waste of money.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the Post will say about Andy McDonald. Wash Post Corporation was a huge beneficiary of Alexandria waterfront re-development.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Juan said...

Why can't I buy the townhouse where I live? Why does my landlord who lives in Florida have to sell to a REIT in New York?

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same study calls the construction impacts "minor". I disagree - it will be a nightmare for pike-area residents during the at least two years of construction needed to install streetcar infrastructure in two lanes along the entire easternmost five miles of the pike. And it will affect cross-county commuters, too. Good luck trying to travel on Glebe through the Columbia Pike intersection while that intersection and all nearby intersections are closed or dug up. Anyone who calls that a minor impact obviously doesn't have to travel along or past the pike.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of Arlingtonians expressed their unhappiness at today's County Board meeting.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Zimmerman says lawyers, lobbyists and consultants wanted along Columbia Pike. Little people out, right now!

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post owes Bill Euille a big endorsement for enabling the Post Corporation to make hundreds of millions from Alexandria waterfront re-development.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Progressives went on the attack at today's CB meeting against the Lexus Liberals. About time.

 
At 10 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Katz thought the Arlington Sheeple would conform and there wouldn't be any opposition to 'New Urbanism' aka 'New Gentrification' in Arlington. Wrong. He should have learned something from the Sarasota Sheeple, who told him his gentrification services were no longer required

 
At 11 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Peter get the same buy-out as Mike Brown? What did he do for 5 months? Make contacts with planners and developers he could consult for?

 
At 12 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, the County Board is busy making deals with corporate cronies.

 
At 12 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only person the County Board listened to was the woman who wants a swimming pool complex at Long Bridge. Rest were 'nuisances'.

 
At 12 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Peter Katz visited Penrose Square and talked with the transients and became depressed about the 'New Urbanism'.

 
At 12 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"New Urbanism" Your quiet suburban neighborhood becomes an urban party zone. Out-of-state developers who live in gated communities laugh all the way to the bank.

 
At 12 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Tejada ever expressed a thought of his own? His comments never seem to add any value.

 
At 12 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other news, AOL-owned Patch just posted yet another mug shot of an African American accused of a petty crime. Has to be at least the 6th time in the past month. Apparently the white people who commit crimes in Arlington aren't worth writing about.

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was Peter Katz doing while at work as Arlington's Planning Division Director so Bob Brosnan commented that he'd be better off working as a consultant?

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wild guess: Working as a Consultant?

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AOL - Huffington Post - Patch is horrible. Scares the hell out of people with crime reports. Patch little to say about anything else except which restaurant opened and which restaurant closed. So-called Patch 'journalists' don't live anywhere near the trendy areas they are supposed to cover.

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous TY said...

ArlNow is downright racist.

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Urbanism - Your quiet residential street becomes a 'linear park' for the mega-infill a couple blocks away.

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Did you hear what Zimmerman said to Darnell Carpenter and Jim Pebley on Saturday regarding their concerns about backyard chickens? People, when you have a respected Democrat and respected Republican standing together and telling the County Board not to do something foolish, it behooves the County Board to listen.

 
At 13 March, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patch should pay it's Clarendon Editor, Jason Spencer, to live in a $1900 one-bedroom apartment in Penrose Square. He'd see plenty of bad behavior by white people to write about.

 
At 15 March, 2012 , Anonymous TY said...

Fire Fairfax County resident and Arlington County Decision Maker, Barbara Donnellan, ASAP.

 

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