Friday, July 10, 2015

County Board to Double Down on 'Smart Growth'


Hi, Yupette,

I checked out the recent work sessions for the Second Generation "Smart Growth" redevelopment of Rosslyn and Courthouse. Rosslyn Sector Plan is going to the County Board for approval on July 22nd. Rosslyn and Courthouse will be luxury enclaves and affordable housing that's affordable for the people who will clean office buildings and wait tables in upscale restaurants will be miles away from Rosslyn, if any is available at all in Arlington.

New Urbanists have set a population goal of 283,000 Arlington residents by 2040, up from 217,000 today, which means Arlington's population would increase by about 2,600 per year, Building heights for most new office buildings will be at least 300 feet (or more if the FAA will go along with the developers' demands) and the buildings, with the usual ground floor mixed-use restaurants and retail will surround larger plazas which will be as densely populated as the small first generation mixed use so-called "open space" plazas because the surrounding buildings will be much taller. As for sports and outdoor recreation, Rosslyn and Courthouse are about built-out. Existing neighborhood parks will increasingly be repurposed into dedicated upscale playgrounds. The next generation of "complete streets" will use residential and commercial streets as "open space" for various events, and for activity and recreation space.

As for the "car free diet," redeveloped Courthouse and Rosslyn will see more parking for more motor vehicles and  bicycles. Bicycles will actively compete with motor vehicles for street space and with pedestrians for sidewalk space.

Bottom line - Arlington in 2040 is going to be an expensive urban mess.

2100

72 Comments:

At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the National Park Service planning to redevelop Roosevelt Island into a water park over the next 25 years?

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks the Potomac River will be undergrounded at some time during the next 25 years.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously all vehicles will be electric in 25 years because the nearest gas stations to Rosslyn will be in Annandale.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how the self-driving electric vehicles compete with bicycles and pedestrians.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice zero on-site solar in Rosslyn in 2040.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of showing us architectural fantasies, Arlington's so-called 'planners' should show us the real future -- crowded canyon streets and plazas.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Jeff said...

All the 'planners' gave a $#!+ about was how much density and the views of the DC monuments the Big 5 REITs will receive for constructing mega buildings in Rosslyn.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the building on the far right is the present Key Bridge Marriott.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, so-called 'Smart Growth' is their hammer. Every residential neighborhood is a nail.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twenty-five years ago (1990) the Internet was run by and for government and universities. There was about zero renewable energy installed in the U.S.A. SUVs, McMansions, and First Generation Yups were America's growth industries. Robotics was for auto assembly plants. First consumer cell phones were being designed and test marketed. Fiber optic cable was being installed among secure federal facilities. Digital television and large LCD displays were being designed and test marketed

Why are we paying Arlington's Smart Growth so-called 'planners' $125,000 and up to redesign and repurpose 1990 infrastructure for 2040?

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt ...motor vehicles, railroad engines, commercial airplanes, etc., will be self-driving in 2040. I also believe that electric vehicles will be the primary mode of transportation in 25 years.

 
At 10 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other hand, as of next month, August 2015, the USA will be celebrating 25 years of warfare with and in Iraq.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the supermarket? Oh, all groceries will be home delivered by robo vehicles.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the electric bicycles for the Millennials who will be 55 in 2040?

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appears the artist's rendering is looking East, not North.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Pike Rider said...

Hi, Yupette, first generation Yuppies will be 80 in 2040.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The First Yuppie will be 79 in 2040.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Real Millennials (born since 2000) turn 16 next year. Look out.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to see the future --- all currently affordable single family homes bulldozed for Mansions (not McMansions). Happening in McLean already.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous 2100-2 said...

New Urbanist Population Forecast for Arlington:

2010 - 207,627 (2010 Census)

2015 - 217,000

2020 - 232,700

2030 - 259,800

2040 - 283,000

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next recession/depression - current McMansions are future boarding homes.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Number of students enrolled in Arlington Public Schools in 2030 = ??

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A pre-Pentium pre-Internet PC circa 1990 had 128K of RAM.

 
At 11 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington's so-called 'planners' who cater to the REITs' every whim live in Fairfax County and recently told Supervisor Penny Gross that no way was anything resembling Smart Growth going to be constructed near their neighborhoods.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No renewable energy on Arlington's commercial buildings in 2040? Duh.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Government sucks. I didn't move to a home near Lee Highway so all the small stores in the Lee Highway corridor could be torn down and replaced by bars and restaurants.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of electric bicycles in Arlington already.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington Government is run by and for special interests.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Albert Einstein said...

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not venture into a neighborhood park that's been repurposed into a multi-use playground unless you are accompanied by young children. Arlington Police constantly respond to 'suspicious person' calls by parents in parks targeting adults, especially black and latino adults.

 
At 12 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second the Motion that County Government Sucks.

 
At 13 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest is Vornado is planning a massive residential infill (1000 + units) in Pentagon City with low income housing in a separate building. No additional open space unless the County intends to tear down single family homes in the adjacent neighborhood.

 
At 14 July, 2015 , Anonymous 22201 said...

How smart is allowing food trucks to park outside restaurants at Noon?

 
At 14 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea...building "project" housing only for people with low incomes.

 
At 16 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke? btw have you seen this stupid infographic? https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/washington-dc-2/arlington-vs-bethesda/

 
At 17 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea...new urban infill with no electric vehicles or on-site renewable energy in 2040.

 
At 19 July, 2015 , Anonymous LOL said...

Making the Courthouse area a car free zone with big parking garages was discussed at Saturday's County Board meeting.

 
At 20 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that fossil fuel will be burned to generate heat and power in 2040 anywhere near the extent that's occurring today.

 
At 20 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone read the 2015 Profile on arlingtonva.us? A projected 66,000 population increase in the County over the next 25 years.

 
At 22 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the affordable housing for the thousands more low wage workers who will be employed in Rosslyn?

 
At 22 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will be taken up by the County Board tonight, July 22nd, at 7 PM.

 
At 22 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Affordable housing for low-wage workers in Arlington is going to be constructed in Caroline County.

 
At 22 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did voters approve mega-urbanization?

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developers threatened that if they don't get massive gimmes from Arlington they will develop in Tysons instead. That's the reason for the last minute relaxation of height and density limits in Rosslyn.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signature Theater did the same thing earlier this year, threatened to leave Arlington if it didn't get a massive bailout from the County.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night's the previous night's antics in and around the County Board room are conclusive proof that "planning" in Arlington is a huge charade. Planning and other advisory commission members have to do what they are told by County Staff or resign.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The game developers are playing is: "if you don't play by my rules I'll take my ball and leave".

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous jna said...

What do Hynes and Tejada care at this point? Both are financially well off. Both will retire from public life and travel, if they both already don't have retirement homes far from the nearest "Smart Growth". They should not be voting for anything with far reaching implications like sector plans. I agree the Rosslyn Sector Plan should have been deferred until January.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next multi-modal mess will be the redevelopment of the Foodstar on Columbia Pike.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I was kicked off the ArlNow blog for not going along with County Staff and Developers who post there.

Quality of life in Arlington for anyone over 35 will be s*** in 10 years. All anyone in County Government wants to do is build a "Shirlington on Steroids" in every area of the County. Rosslyn is only the first.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was this blog the only place I could find anything about Rosslyn this morning?

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Smart Growth is a Cult. If it were not a Cult at least half the Planning Commission members would have resigned on Tuesday.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't believe in Smart Growth you won't be appointed to any advisory commission having anything to do with development and redevelopment.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entire Planning Commission should have resigned on Tuesday.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will this planning fiasco be reported and commented on by the dumbasses at ArlNow?

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Columbia Pike Foodstar planning charade will be on Thursday, July 30th.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous F Y I said...

Smart Growth Guru / Director of Economic Development Victor Hoskins lives in Georgetown.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to leave Arlington. It will get much worse. Christian Dorsey is running for County Board so he can become wealthy from real estate deals with the developers.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Car Free Diet? Redeveloped Foodstar site on the Pike will have parking for more than 600 vehicles. Plus a replacement supermarket guarantees many vehicle trips.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As predicted by this blog 10 days ago, the developers will get whatever density and height they want, or else they will develop in Tysons.

 
At 23 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is total Bullshit... beginning the complete deconstruction of Arlington as a truly vibrate urban / suburban community.

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A report finally appeared today in the County Staff-Developer-Chamber-of-Commerce-Yellow-Dog ArlNow blog about how "vibrant" the Rosslyn WRAPS and Sector Plan are going to be. No mention of the consequences of the massive increase in density.

On to imposing Smart Growth on the Lee Highway corridor.

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous 22207 said...

Thanks for this blog. I DESPISE both the Republicans and Democrats who take turns running and ruining the USA at every level of government.

What angered me was learning that the Obama Administration and Congress allowed more than 1 million legal immigrants per year into the U.S. during the last Recession and found jobs for them.

This high level of legal immigration has been occurring for at least 25 years.

How anyone who is elected by citizens to serve the needs of the people who elected them can be so callous is appalling.

No way I will ever vote for a Republican or Democrat again.

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about cheap labor for the 1% Elite (about 3.25 million) who control everyone and everything. Do you think Hillary, McCain, Jeb, etc., clean their own mansions, cook their own food, etc? Who do you think cleans the rooms in Donald Trump's hotels?

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with what John Snyder has to say about most everything but I share his anger about all the affordable housing for redeveloped Rosslyn will not be built in redeveloped Rosslyn.

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes...1% own and control everything. They have everyone brainwashed via the media they also own and control.

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brainwashed? You would think U.S. law enforcement would be demanding massive new federal funding to treat people with significant behavioral problems.

 
At 24 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever called Arlington Dems 'lunch counter libersls' is wrong. They're out-to-lunch libertarians.

 
At 25 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog. The County Board is increasingly irrational. Walter Tejada rants. Mary Hynes lies. Jay Fisette proposes more extravagant vanity projects. Libby Garvey makes promises to every special interest group. Independent John Vihstadt votes for more of the same with the other four.

 
At 25 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last County Board meeting - the fact that a woman had the beg for the streets in her Rosslyn neighborhood to be paved while the County spent huge amounts of time granting corporate welfare to Rosslyn developers says it all.

 
At 25 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the cops should be on Capitol Hill demanding billions more for mental health treatment. Instead they're in an arms race with the mentally ill.

 
At 25 July, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, we live in a nation that isn't doing terribly well in caring for the 325 million who are here already but can always help out everyone else everywhere in the world.

 

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