Sunday, May 22, 2016

AED Morphs 'Car Free Diet' Into 'More Cars for Millennials'

Hi Yupette,

I live in Ballston and I have to agree who the people who posted comments about Arlington's so-called "Car Free Diet". In fact, Arlington's been on a "More Cars for Millennials" pig-out for the past two years, since Victor Hoskins (aka Victor Ho$kin$) was hired as Arlington's Economic Development Director.

You can see the changes Victor made to the once-downscale used car lot on Glebe Road, directly across from AED's luxury office suite. No more 5 year old Nissan Sentras. Millennials want upscale vehicles for the underground garages below their newly-constructed in-fill upscale apartments and condos to impress other Millennials. Plus, County needs the sales tax, car tax, and other taxes on nearly-new luxury vehicles for it's $40 million swimming pool, $20 million gondola across the Potomac, the $200 million convention center, and to educate 1,200 more Gen Z brats every school year.

If you didn't believe "Car Free Diet" had been sent to the slogan junkyard before the last County Board meeting, consider the County Board just approved reconstruction of the Berkeley Apartments with 241 parking spaces for 257 apartments across from a big shopping plaza on South Glebe Road and better access at Stratford School for parents to drop off and pick up their kids.

AED is jamming our streets with vehicles from so-called 'Smart Growth' in-fill redevelopment and telling us to ride bicycles. Smart Growth decision makers (almost everyone in the County who gets to make a decision) finally had to stop telling us to take Metro everywhere all the time. Duh.

BTW, Victor lives in Georgetown and, like almost everyone else who works for AED, doesn't get to suffer the consequences of whatever he and they inflict on us.

Thanks for your blog.

Charles, 22201

72 Comments:

At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vibrant? Merlex used car lot is lighted with red, white, and blue neon lights.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out Washington Blvd. between Glebe Rd and Falls Church at 5:30 Monday - Friday.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until the working class gets charged $85 per week in tolls to commute on I-66.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until Erik Gutshall and his good buds at Smart Growth America lobby the County Board to tear down all the single family homes on Washington Blvd. for in-fill Millennial cribs with 1.3 parking spaces per crib.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Except in Erik's neighborhood in Lyon Park, where affordable homes along Washington Blvd. are being replaced by McMansions.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart Growth idiots still tell us to use ART Bus and Metrobus. Try doing that at 9 PM Sunday night.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to teleworking? Verizon is installing FIOS all around the County.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check: Victor Hoskins is Arlington County's de facto Guru of Gridlock.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Buddy said...

Hey,

My name is Buddy and I am from Goldsboro NC and were a Business Major at Eastern Carolina U.

I bought a used 2015 Lexus at Merlex and they gave me a good deal. Yes, the place is all lit up in red, white, and blue.

I drove it to where I live at the Continental and it will barely fit into a parking space in the underground garage there.

Who in Hell in the County approved the design of these underground parking garages?

The Continental is about 10 years old and recently manufactured vehicles like my Lexus no longer fit in the garage.

If Victor Hoskins wants us Milenials to buy big expensive vehicles he better have the building owners have big parking spaces designed-in to the building plans.

Go Merlex ! Go Redskins ! Go Trump ! Go Nova Armory !

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out Washington Boulevard between Falls Church and Glebe Road at 8:30 AM Monday to Friday.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the does Victor Hoskins care? His next New Urbanist employer will be the City of Baltimore, gentrifying out anyone who doesn't have at least $50,000 per year of disposable income.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just waiting for a bikeshare idiot to front-end, rear-end, or t-bone my car while I'm stopped at a traffic light or stop sign while he or she is riding while intoxicated. Almost happened twice last week.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Urbanists are immune from any consequences. What's the difference between -

Cuba: Government is the Party, Party is the Government, Ideology is Communism

Arlington: Government is the Party, Party is the Government, Ideology is New Urbanism?

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both are dysfunctional?

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then there are the Smart Growth shills who own and operate the local media -- who go along with the program in return for ad revenue, advance information from VIP decision-makers, and printing press releases from VIP decision makers' staff as "news".

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Scott Brodbeck and ArlNow?

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh. So-called "Car Free Diet" promoters on County Planning Staff deleted use permit conditions for mandatory ride-sharing, van pooling, etc. between the reconstructed Berkeley Apartments and the shopping plaza across Glebe Road.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous 2100-2 said...

Fiat-Maserati, Toyota, and other auto dealers near the Berkeley had nothing to do with that. Honest.

 
At 22 May, 2016 , Anonymous Jill said...

Arlington Yupette Blog. What a welcome change from the brainwashing constantly inflicted on us by Arlington County Government, at taxpayers' expense.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh. Millennials aren't actually supposed to drive their upscale vehicles, except once-in-awhile. They're supposed to store them in the massive underground garages beneath their massive upscale apartment and condo buildings and ride bicycles and take Metro everywhere for everything. This ensures a steady source of vehicle personal property tax revenue for expensive vanity public infrastructure projects.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time is long overdue to send New Urbanism / Smart Growth to the ideology junkyard.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta laugh. Latest from the County Board about 'car free diet' was on May 14th regarding Stratford School and their statement was parents need the option to drive their kids to school so they can have 'quality time' with their child or children that they would not have if little Buffy rode a school bus to school.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beneficiaries of Smart Growth are a) non-residents of Arlington and b) residents of Arlington who have opted their exclusive neighborhoods out of Smart Growth.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think about it: Christian Dorsey, and before him Mary Hynes, and before her Chris Zimmerman lied to us for more than 10 years about the safety of Metrorail.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone connected to New Urbanism / Smart growth lied to us about Metrorail.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus, they wanted inherently-dangerous streetcar systems for the Pike and Crystal City.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Hillary for President said...

Victor Hoskins is badly needed in Baltimore to impose vibrant New Urbanist 'resegregation through gentrification' on dysfunctional poor, working class, and middle class neighborhoods.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington's Elitists have been so brainwashed by Smart Growth that they would spend $20 million for vibrant gondolas between Rosslyn and Georgetown than spend $20 million to have the streets in their own neighborhoods repaved.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the Continental. It's like there's a big competition among the Millennials to own the largest SUV or pickup truck in the parking garage.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL. Wait until the next recession. About the time gas reaches $4.00 per gallon, just before Christmas.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Electric vehicles recharged from solar panels on the roof of your garage? What a novel idea. Someone in Arlington will actually install such a system, about 2040.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to see Smart Growth on steroids? Elect Erik Gutshall to the County Board. Bad enough Zimmy already pulls the strings of three County Board members from his office suite at Smart Growth America.

 
At 23 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's keep buying gas guzzlers so Russia and Iran can keep buying advanced weapons with oil profits and Venazuala can keep on being a totalitarian state.

 
At 24 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love those imported Don Beyer gas guzzling Volvos and Range Rovers that run on premium gas.

 
At 24 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oil is poised to hit $50 a barrel. On it's way up to $80 a barrel.

 
At 24 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ArlNow ran a feature about solar panels being installed on Arlington homes. All the positive comments - I and a a friend made two - were censored out.

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

ArlNow typically mixes news about Smart Growth with infomercials about Smart Growth with reports about some vibrant restaurant or upscale store in a vibrant Smart Growth neighborhood closing.

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

Does it bother you that two Smart Growth VIPs who were largely responsible for the crisis in middle class housing - Paul Ferguson and Chris Zimmerman - support Erik Gutshall? Doesn't surprise me.

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

How "Smart" is it that the Planning Commission and County Board approved 241 parking spaces for 257 apartment units (155 of them supposedly 'affordable') across Glebe Road from a big shopping plaza and within walking distance of a middle school and outdoor athletic fields?

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

Same Victor Hoskins who brought vibrant food trucks into the B-R corridor to compete with vibrant restaurants.

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

Like Paulie and Chris, Erik lives in a single-family home neighborhood that's off-limits to "missing middle" redevelopment.

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

Well, WMATA is about to go belly up, so yeah- more cars for everyone!

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

Oil prices between 2013 and 2019 are going to be like a parabola. Start out at $90 per barrel, end up at $90 per barrel.

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

I want to see a Federal Grand Jury investigating WMATA.

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

What is APS gonna do about its expensive fleet of diesel-guzzling school buses?

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

APS is planning to purchase more school buses.

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

Anyone else notice that Christian Dorsey began lying like a cheap carpet about Metrorail "safety" the minute he was appointed to the WMATA Board?

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

What can you expect from a "professional human services facilitator for persons with low incomes"?

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

Erik Gutshall has a big mouth but votes 11-0 with the other yellow dogs on the Planning Commission to approve everything the REITs and the REIT-controlled Planning Staff send the Commission.

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

As someone stated at the last County Board meeting, we aren't likely to suffer any injuries from firearms in Arlington. We are likely to get into an altercation over anything with someone who is 3X over the limit for DWI in Erik Gutshall's vibrant neighborhood adjacent to vibrant Cleaendon trying to find where he she parked their car.

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

Reminds me - Rolling Thunder is back.

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

Victor Hoskins is desperately needed by the City of Baltimore to reclaim East Baltimore from the Lower Class to benefit the striving Creative Class. No American War Veterans of the Mideast Wars, African Americans, or other "undesireables" will be allowed. Only questiion that remains: Where will the undesireables be gentrified out?

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

Southern PG County?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next big charade is "Complete Streets".

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rolling Thunder has returned. Bikes are louder than ever.

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vietnam War ended what 41 years ago?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same Old Same Old --- Forever

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Youngest Vietnam Vets are over 55.

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how many Harleys will be ridden on the sidewalks this year?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check: an older Harley puts out 25X the air pollution of a new SUV.

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So all the arterials are going to be redeveloped to house the 'missing middle' according to Eric Gutshall. Where do thousands more motor vehicles get refueled and repaired?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Route 7 West of Tysons?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can you expect when "planning" for the County's "future" is completely controlled by Urban Village Idiots?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earth to Erik - Once your Missing Millennial Middle housing is constructed where do I take my SUV to get its struts replaced from running over bad pavement in Lyon Park?

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should Erik know or care? Erik is what comes out of the rear end of a big yellow dog.

 
At 26 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erik: 'Take it to Nova Armory'.

 
At 27 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second quetion: How long will I have to wait in line to refuel my vehicle once Erik and Zimmy do their Smart Growth in-fill on my neighborhood?

 
At 27 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erik and Zimmy want you to buy an expensive vehicle that you will almost never use, and if you do have to refuel it you can always drive out to Fairfax County.

 
At 27 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is worse than buying an expensive RV that you drive to a parking lot full of expensive RVs 20 miles away from a vibrant historic area, like Williamsburg, and spend a week parked there?

Buying an expensive condo overlooking a vibrant used car lot in Arlington.

 
At 27 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the argument made for several years that Rolling Thunder should move to Virginia Beach where there are historic places, there are more recreational opportunities like Busch Gardens, it's a resort, and there's already lots of noise from military jets taking off and landing.

 
At 29 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eventually, Rolling Thunder will JUST die out as Vietnam Vets die. Why ride around a suburban traffic mess past the same historic sites you rode past last year if you can ride to see something new and different someplace else?

 
At 02 June, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest in the vibrant BR corridor will be vibrant underground used car lots.

 

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