Monday, May 16, 2016

Taste of Arlington 2016: Millennial Mess

Hi Yupette,

I live in the Westover area and sometimes help a mobility-disabled friend who lives in the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor get around Arlington. Yesterday, for the first time in several years, we attended Taste of Arlington on Wilson Boulevard.

We arrived at 3 PM and to say the event was crowded would be an understatement. Wilson Boulevard was almost impassable. The event was overcrowded to the point where, if we stayed, we would have had to wait in line up an hour to purchase a small plate of what was essentially bar food. We weren't interested in drinking beer. My friend could hardly make progress down Wilson Boulevard on her mobility scooter. Families with small children and strollers had the same problem. Wilson Boulevard and Quincy Street need repaving. Sidewalks need to be repaired in many places. About 30 uniformed police and firefighters were standing around watching everyone. We gave $40 worth of food and drink tickets to a family with young kids that was standing in front of NSF deciding whether to stay or leave. Then we left.

Obviously, Taste of Arlington was meant for Millennials - thousands of young women dressed in tight clothing (many of them obese) and thousands of young men who looked like they slept in their clothing.

Please don't believe what you may read in the ArlNow blog and the PR from the Ballston BID about Taste of Arlington. The event was a mess, meant for Millennials, and I wonder how many of them had a good time, given the overcrowding.

Barbara, Westover

22 Comments:

At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there some reason or reasons the Ballston BID can't get the streets paved and sidewalks repaired in Ballston?

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is who and what County Government is inflating a residential housing construction bubble for.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How vibrant. I can hardly wait until Taste of Arlington 2017.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be worse if Erik Gutshall in on the County Board.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, the people responsible for Arlington becoming a zoo enjoyed a quiet Saturday in their upscale enclaves (e.g., Ashton Heights).

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vibrant? Like watching a 5'5" 250 pound 25-year old woman dressed in skin-tight jeans and a tank top stuffing her face with bar food?

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taste of Arlington is not a family event and hasn't been a family event in years.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The idiots at ArlNow are a bunch of Chamber of Commerce boosters and Smart Growth boosters, so what can you expect, except for them to put lipstick on a pig?

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a positive note, it was too crowded for the millennial biketards to do their usual on the sidewalks.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Proud to be a SSBBW said...

Yes I am overweight. Yes I weight close to 300 lbs. Yes, I am 25 years old. Yes, I like to eat. You better stop making fun or I am going to report you to the Authorities. Just the other day I called 9-1-1 on some fresh guy outside of A-Town who asked me "Are you awhaleable?"

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also 25 years old and I take off from Arlington every weekend for places where people aren't millennial idiots.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington is fked. What a fking zoo. Plus, the people in charge are all 5 years from retirement.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a positive note - porta potties were transgender friendly.

 
At 16 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taste of Arlington 2017 - Will not be a family-friendly event.

 
At 17 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

whine whine whine moan moan moan

 
At 17 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another idiot from 2100 Clarendon Blvd. heard from. You got the wrong blog. This isn't ArlNow.

 
At 17 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably another idiot from the Ballston BID.

 
At 17 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, don't whine about people giving away tickets because they didn't want to wait in line for an hour to buy a plate of greasy barbecue.

 
At 17 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ArlNow idiots...please go away.

 
At 17 May, 2016 , Anonymous Parent said...

THANK YOU, A.Y., for informing us about this event.

 
At 19 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County's Smart Growth Idiots even hired retired Mayor of DuPont Circle Carole Mitten to market Rosslyn to Millennials as 'Neverland on the Potomac'.

 
At 19 May, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's EXACTLY what the local media are doing - putting lipstick on a pig to lure more Millennials to move here.

 

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