Monday, May 4, 2015

UPDATED - New Economic Development Director Briefs Planning Commission About Arlington's Economic Future



Hey Yupette,

Arlington's new Economic Development Director, Victor Hoskins, briefed the Arlington Planning Commission tonight about his and AED's agenda for Arlington's economic development over the next five years. Basically, it's recruiting high tech Millennial-owned start-up corporations from all over the world to locate and re-locate in Arlington -- especially in those old vacant office buildings in Crystal City. Tens of thousands more Millennials are in Arlington's future. Nothing at all mentioned about the impact of more - 30,000 or so - just-out-of-college Millennials on Arlington's public infrastructure, especially the already-stressed Arlington Public Schools. Oh well, County Board and School Board will get around to handling the resulting crises when they occur.

Youtube video is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPcUfnizduU

Thanks for your blog,

Pike Rider 22204





39 Comments:

At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victor Hoskins lives in Georgetown and is essentially clueless about Arlington.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...Trolley Pub as a leading economic indicator of Arlington's "future".

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...let's bring in a big bunch of Hipster start-ups that will crash and burn the moment the next recession hits.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing whatsoever stated by Victor Hoskins about the effects on Arlington (especially on APS) from bringing 30,000 more urban hipsters into Arlington.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I for one, TOTALLY OPPOSE whatever the latest Smart Growth $#!+ Head the County Board hired has to say about anything related to redevelopment in Arlington.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Board members have been junketing to Millenial recruitment expos around the USA the past few months, in the event you wondered what they've been up to when they aren't facilitating the latest corporate welfare packages at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will Victor Hoskins brief the School Board, if he hasn't already?

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, a key component of recruiting Millennials to Arlington will be a generous new corporate welfare system for their start-ups.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, Arlington will offer a vibrant post-college college experience without any of the restraints on behavior typically found on college campuses.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does this benefit? Vornado and the other owners of older buildings in Rosslyn and Crystal City.

County's unemployment rate is presently 3%. County is about out of open space, affordable housing, school capacity. What happens to our quality-of-life when 30,000 more upscale Hipsters get packed into about 6 square miles?

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can bet your kid's 529 college fund that the benefits from the planned financial shenanigans won't cost the Crystal City REITs a dime.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This website is ironic as hell. Arlington's old worn out yuppy hipsters complaining about Arlington's future yuppie hipsters.

Arlington became overpriced for average working class Americans decades ago.

Now that Arlington is becoming a playground for the super well-off and free-spending youngsters, the older residents who had no problem pricing out those less well-off hear the bell tolling for them.

To bad, so sad. Sympathy for thee? Nope.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 43 years old. Do you even live in Arlington? Or do you live in Annandale, commute to work alone in your SUV, and spend your work days at 2100 Clarendon Blvd posting comments to blogs?

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the 20-something yupsters who just had a kid who are being priced out.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send Victor Hoskins to Baltimore where he is desperately needed.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous fairgrrl said...

Occasionally a County employee gets tired of posting comments to ArlNow and posts one here.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to go with the comment that a woman made at the Pike Future Forum last week. I moved here to live a suburban, not urban, lifestyle.

Leave my quiet residential neighborhood the hell alone.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federal, State, Local Government, and REITs have had 10 years to do something about BRAC vacancies, so what's their solution - taxpayer funded corporate welfare of various kinds.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

KAUFFMAN INDEX OF Entrepreneurial Activity 1996–2013 (2014) http://www.kauffman.org/~/media/kauffman_org/
research%20reports%20and%20covers/2014/
04/kiea_2014_report.pdf

All of the age groups experienced declines in business creation rates, except for the forty-five to fifty-four age group, which experienced an increase from 0.34 percent to 0.36 percent. … An aging population has led to a rising share of new entrepreneurs in the ages fifty-five to sixty-four group. The ages fifty- five to sixty-four group represented 18.7 percent of new entrepreneurs in 2003, whereas it represented 23.4 percent of new entrepreneurs in 2013. The next-oldest age group (ages forty-five to fifty-four) also experienced a rising share of new entrepreneurs (25.2 percent in 2003 to 30.0 percent in 2013).

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoskins et. al. are not going after 50-somethings. They are going after Millennials born about 1990.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous 22201 said...

What was appalling about last night's Planning Commission meeting was that two agenda items involved permanent street closures in order to use the streets for open space - for ART Bus parking and for Mosaic Park. Hoskins said nothing in his presentation about the effects of the Millennials who moved to Arlington over the past 6 years on the quality of life in our County, e.g., stress on open space.

Looks to me like Hoskins is launching an attempt to solve the REITs' office vacancy problem once and for all with no attention at all paid to the social and economic consequences except for more and better recreation and entertainment for Millennials.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thumbs up to Nancy Iacomini and Steve Cole for expressing skepticism.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call the County Manager's Office and have them put Hoskins's presentation on the County's Web site --- 703-228-3120.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victor Hoskins is the latest in a series of Smart Growth Gurus - like his predecessors Peter Katz and Victor Dover.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much dismay heard at tonight's Civic Federation meeting at the prospect of Millennials taking over Arlington and using the entire County as a Hipster entertainment zone.

 
At 05 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line - Hoskins is recruiting urban hipsters from all over the World to re-fuel Arlington's Smart Growth bubble.

 
At 06 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should expect at least 35,000 K-12 students enrolled in Arlington public schools in 10 years.

 
At 06 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a huge charade the Democrats are pulling on Arlington residents. We are going to be massively in-filled and urbanized.

 
At 06 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Economic development? Why do I have to drive 5 miles from South Arlington to North Arlington to the nearest hardware store?

 
At 07 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This leads me to speculate that Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada will go from being Smart Growth Boosters thus year to Smart Growth Lobbyists next year.

 
At 07 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Cleremont, just across Walter Reed Drive from Fairlington. Why do I have to drive to Alexandria or North Arlington for basic products and services?

 
At 07 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So instead of finding a new owner for the Public Shoe Store in Clarendon, Economic Development will find a bar or restaurant to replace the store. What kind of "Economic Development" is that?

 
At 07 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, 28,000 single family detached homes in Arlington and about 6 places in Arlington where you can buy a bag of mulch for your garden if you own a single family detached home?

 
At 07 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democratic contenders for County Board are still complaining about the Pike streetcar? Why should I vote for any of them?

 
At 08 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbia Pike looking like a dump? Time to dump CPRO, not give CPRO more money to waste complaining at meetings.

 
At 08 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put some double deck tourist buses on the Pike.

 
At 08 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's now an immediate care affiliated with MedStar across King Street from South Fairlington.

 
At 18 May, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

W O W ! !

 

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