Sunday, April 24, 2016

What Does Erik Gutshall Want for Arlington?



Hi Yupette,

I'm a long time homeowner in Bluemont. I own a modest home that's assessed for $850,000. Not what I expected when I moved here 15 years ago. Why is everything allowed to crumble while my taxes keep increasing?

Who is Erik Gutshall? Another Machine Democrat. Another Chris Zimmerman. Another Jay Fisette. Another Smart Growth fanatic. Another worthless Yuppie. Packing as much density into older residential neighborhoods like mine, while opting his Lyon Park neighborhood out of Smart Growth. Packing Arlington with idiot Millennials. Talks about "leadership" while voting along with the rest of the Planning Commission to rubber stamp every in-fill site plan the developers and the County's so-called "planners" hand him. Owns a company that does housekeeping for the so-called "Creative Class" who haven't cleaned anything since they lived with Mom and Dad, and maybe not then. Someone should ask him if he pays his employees a living wage, which is $25 / hour and-up given the cost of living here.

We don't need another "vibrant" Chris Zimmerman on the County Board who will be a facilitator for Smart Growth America and the out-of-state REITs. Thanks for your blog.


Ted 22203

51 Comments:

At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember Melissa Bondi? Erik is another hand-picked successor to CZ.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart Growth America has become hugely successful at it's core mission of resegregation-through-gentrification. Working class and middle class are being driven out of neighborhoods with affordable-affordable housing in Wilmington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York via mixed-use-gentrification.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart Growth America LOVES deteriorating neighborhoods where homeowners pay heavy taxes for crumbling streets and sidewalks, dim street lighting, commercial buildings that have never been given even a modest makeover. Real estate taxes are used for everything except basic infrastructure maintenance and upgrades. Residents of deteriorating neighborhoods (e.g., Lee Highway corridor) are "crowdsourced" by the Smart Growth REITs and local planners to demand neighborhood upgrades via mixed use gentrification.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest to be gentrified out are Seniors. Smart Growth wants Seniors' 3 bedroom 2 bath ramblers for McMansions.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BIDs, chamber of commerce, news media are also shills for Smart Growth.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q: When do the streets in my neighborhood get repaved?

A: Three years after your neighborhood undergoes mixed-use redevelopment.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest from CivFed's Elitists -- Persuade Granny to sell her comfortable home, have it torn down to build a McMansion with a Granny Basement, move Granny into the Granny Basement of your new McMansion while you live upstairs.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erik is big into "crowdsourcing" to get what he wants.

 
At 24 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living Wage in Arlington = $25 per hour X 40 hours X 52 weeks = $52,000

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

EriK claims to have "the vision" and apparently we all should just accept his greatness due to having "the vision". What a crackpot.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart Growth is a racist and elitist oxymoron, charade, fraud, scam, rip-off.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Arlington County is paying it's low-wage employees $14.50 per hour while building "affordable" housing for people who make $25 per hour? No wonder I-395 and I-95 are jammed at rush hours.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Erik Gutshall goes nuts over a gun store in Lyon Park while Arlington's Police Chief appears at a County Board budget hearing and states that it takes 20 Arlington Police and State Police officers to control pub crawls adjacent to Lyon Park and more drunk and disorderly behavior is occurring every weekend whether there are pub crawls or not? Duh.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erik Gutshall's lived in Lyon Park for 20 years and "vision" is to make Lyon Park another Ashton Heights.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Urbanism Elitists are completely clueless about what happens when the U.S. population hits 400 million in 25 years.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, even worse, when the U.S. population reaches 500 million by 2075.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Yuppie Obama is allowing a million illegal immigrants into the U.S.A. this year before he leaves office next year. Wonder why the born-in-the-USA middle-class, working-class, under-class are voting for Trump? I don't.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yupette, you got it right, Erik Gutshall is Chris Zimmerman's Smart Growth America puppet.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earth to Erik --- If anyone is going to suffer bodily harm in Yupscale Lyon Park it will be from pub crawlers 3-times over the limit for DWI trying to remember where they stashed their SUVs in Lyon Park so they won't get stopped by the cops at a DWI checkpoint on the way out of vibrant Clarendon after the bars close.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check: CZ was given the option by the Feds and Canadian Government of either resigning from the County Board to "pursue other employment opportunities" or be indicted by BOTH the Crown Attorney in the Province of Quebec and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia for his Smart Growth antics in PQ and Arlington.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes - CZ was given the choice: resign from the CB or go to prison for 2-5 years.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when the War on Terrorism winds down, when there is another serious economic recression, and when the Feds can't 'lock down' the underclass, middle-class, and working class?

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm another former ArlNow commenter. Thanks for a blog that doesn't constantly promote the status quo.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of retired New Urbanist Yuptards, how about AY doing a feaure about Jay Fisette's retirement estate near Stuart Florids, at least 100 miles from the nearest vibrant smart growth redevelopment?

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the New Urbanists will be alive in 2040 to experience the consequences of their so-called "planning" in 2015.

 
At 25 April, 2016 , Anonymous soon-to-be-retired DHS said...

Obams has opened the U.S. borders to massive illegal immigration for the remainder of the time he's in office.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything associated with New Urbanism is an oxymoron - Smart Growth, Urban Village, Car-Free Diet, Affordable Housing, etc.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's not a New Urbanism oxymoron it's a New Urbanism charade. Like "Complete Streets". Your quiet residential street is repurposed into a sports, recreation, community activity area as many days every year Parks and Rec and the Regime's ward heelers can get away with it.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Yupette, Arlington Police are finally going to start enforcing bicycle and pedesttrian traffic ordinances, starting in Crystal City.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biggest Charades are County Board meetings, where everything is pre-decided weeks or months before being placed on the CB meeting agenda.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enforcement of bicycle trafic ordinances? Did some VIP or VIP's kid get hit while walking on the sidewalk?

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charades? The County Board should just put everything on its consent agenda and use Saturday morning and Tuesday evening meetings for recognitions and awards to Yellow Dog Democrats.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second the motion.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Living Wage" set at $14.50 an hour. Another Charade.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how many County employees are paid less than $25 per hour?

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biggest Charade in the Eighth Congressional District: Don Beyer calls himself a "Democrat".

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Beyer is a classic Rockefeller Republican.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything referred to as "Green" is an oxymoron. Dominion and Washington Gas won't allow a significant amount of solar to be installed in Arlington.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developers and REITs already receive corporate welfare via the U.S. Tax Code. Arlington gives them more corporate welfare via bonus density for affordable housing that's not really affordable and bonus density for so-called "Green" buildings that are energy in-efficient with no renewable energy on-site.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Green Charade -- A tent can be certified LEED Silver.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the parks and recreation proffers from the greedy REITs? Why does my neighborhood park get "repurposed" to be a reservations-only sports-recreation-activity area for Vornado, JBG, and other REIT mixed-use redevelopers which dedicate plazas surrounded by upscale restaurants and retail as "open spece".

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another reason to vote for Audrey Clement in November.

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Terri - 22206 said...

My infant daughter will be 24-years old in 2040 and 59-years old in 2075. What is this Crazy County Government doing for anyone besides enriching the Democratic in-crowd who run the County?

 
At 26 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Short answer - little or nothing beyond providing basic services to residents who aren't affiliated with special interest groups.

 
At 27 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL. My response to all their expensive programs and projects is: When does my street get repaved?

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the decayed streets in Lyon Park, starting with Washington Boulevard. Erik Gutshall, what a Yuptard. Hope he was one of the group of idiots who were sued by the gun store owner.

 
At 29 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who pays to defend Erik Gutshall and the other Yuptards who harassed the gun store owner?

 
At 25 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Yupette,
Libby Garvey successfully resisted the plan for an expensive and dysfunctional trolley line on Columbia Pike. As a democrat, I particularly liked her argument that the trolley would be a major capital project and therefore ought to be put before the voters.
I'll vote for her in the Democratic primary.
Mark Antell, Rosslyn

 
At 25 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erik Gutshall makes a living employing people who change the heating and air conditioning filters for the upscale Democrats who endorse him.

 
At 25 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when a barrel of oil costs $80 again? A recession happens and what are the Smart Growth idiots who depend on more people with $50,000 / year in disposable income going to do then?

 
At 25 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start a war with Russia, China, Iran, or North Korea?

 

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