CPHD 'Urban Designers' to 'Clarendon' Westover
Don't know if you've been keeping up with what Community Planning, Housing, and Development is up to but Arlington's Planning Division has a new Urban Design and Research Section and its Planning Supervisor, Kris Krider, gave a presentation about his group's agenda to the Planning Commission last night.
Besides making over Rosslyn into 'Neverland on the Potomac' to suit the tastes of Jay Fisette, the Urban Design Section is moving on Smart Growth Urbanization of Courthouse, including a huge new County Office Building.
After that, guess where they're going to inflict 'Smart Growth' next? If you guessed Westover you're correct. Same County Board Members who want streetcars on the Pike and in Crystal City want Westover to look more like 'vibrant' Clarendon. The huge CPHD bureaucracy is more than willing to oblige - after all neighborhood-by-neighborhood urbanization is a win-win, for their lifetime job security and the REITs they serve.
So look for a CPHD 'planning charette' coming to Westover soon, most likely as soon as the Courthouse charettes are completed.