Sunday, March 2, 2014

Economic Development Director Terry Holzheimer Dies

Hello, Yupette,

We heard about Terry Holzheimer's passing last night. I worked with Terry for a couple of years in Economic Development before I moved on to work elsewhere in County Government. For good or ill Terry was dedicated in promoting New Urbanism, first in Loudoun County and then in Arlington. Like many in County Government I disagreed with Terry's vision. However, whatever you may say about his vision fact is that we don't have to go Tysons to shop and to Kennedy Center for entertainment as we did 20 years ago. So I know Terry will be missed by those who share his vision for Arlington.

2100 too

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

It should be a REQUIREMENT that the County's next Economic Development Director lives in Arlington County.

Anonymous said...

First Chris Zimmerman leaves and now Terry dies. Two big losses for New Urbanism.

Anonymous said...

New Urbanism aka Smart Growth has been around for 25 years. Time for a top-to-bottom evaluation to determine the costs, benefits, and future consequences.

Anonymous said...

Should also be a requirement that members of the Economic Development Commission live in Arlington

Anonymous said...

Terry's legacy was mixed. I don't call creating thousands of low wage jobs and increasingly expensive housing a success.

Anonymous said...

Economic Development under Terry had one tool in its toolbox, mixed-use redevelopment, with every Arlington neighborhood a redevelopment opportunity.

Anonymous said...

I challenged Terry's 'vision' for Shirlington, a quintessential New Urbanist 'Urban Village' with 30 units of 'affordable housing', 1177 parking spaces, and hundreds of dead-end service-sector jobs that pay $10 per hour.

Anonymous said...

Shirlington is a commercial success...at what cost to surrounding neighborhoods?

Anonymous said...

County Staff who don't live in Arlington call Shirlington Village a 'new urbanism success'. For whom?

Anonymous said...

I agree. Time for a top-to-bottom re-evaluation of 'New Urbanism' aka 'Smart Growth'.

Anonymous said...

Reality Check: Arlington Economic Development costs Arlington taxpayers $10 million per year, rents expensive offices in Ballston, but the 'growth industry' in Ballston (which has an expensive business improvement district) is new and used auto auto sales. How 'Smart' is that?

Anonymous said...

County Board approved construction of 960 parking spaces in Greater Ballston on January 25th., togethter with site plans.

Anonymous said...

Jay Fi$ette just told DES to 'prioritize' the plowing of bike trails in Arlingon so all 30 members of Arlington's winter 'bicycle cult' can get to work more-or-less on-time from their luxury enclaves along the bike trails.

Anonymous said...

Can we please have the OLD Urbanism, again?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I get to attend a performance at Kennedy Center after over an hour riding a filthy-and-disintegrating 35 year old overcrowded Metro train from East Falls Church. How Smart is that?

Anonymous said...

Second the motion for dumping Fisette, Donnellan, Hynes, Tejada, and the rest of the New Urbanists from County Government.

Anonymous said...

MetroRail was, is, and always will be, a 2-track system designed to serve medium-density D.C. urban areas and low-density suburban ares in DC-Maryland-Virginia.

2100 said...

"Gourmet Jay" just issued a "Git R Done" for plowing Arlington's bike trails as a priority, before plowing anything else, from "Storm Central" at Busboys and Poets.

Anonymous said...

Second the motion for bringing back the Old Urbanism to Arlington.

Anonymous said...

Anyone see Arlington Magazine's cover feature? -- New Urbanist transportation is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Don't drive your SUV to work tomorrow. Streets are icy and dangerous. Ride your bicycle instead on one of Arlington's upscale bicycle trails.

Anonymous said...

Arlington Magazine, another booster for more of the same, no matter what the future consequences.

Anonymous said...

Can we please have a new Economic Development Director who a) lives in or will move to live in Arlington and b) has the intellectual ability to evaluate several competing economic scenarios?

Anonymous said...

Vision? Creating thousands of low wage jobs and eliminate housing for the low wage workers? Unless you call HOT lanes to Fredericksburg 'vision'.

Anonymous said...

This leaves Jay Fisette aka Fi$ette as the primary proponent of New Urbanism, of the Neverland variety.