“Conduct Us!” instructed the sign held up at this August’s county fair by Scott Wood, artistic director of the Arlington Philharmonic.
Author: Charlie Clark
community up to any when it comes to providing aid to desperate Afghan refugees. With the Defense Department now providing temporary housing to some 50,000 at multiple military bases (Fort Lee in Virginia), Arlingtonians are pitching in to share life’s basics while the new arrivals go through screenings.
Whether the county board pursues “Missing Middle” housing to allow duplexes and quadruplexes in pricey neighborhoods appears central in this November’s election.
In these pandemic times, the pressure on everyday folks to “pitch in” during the emergency reminds many of the Cold War.
The nearly-two-century-old Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, a 184-mile one time engineering marvel that now charms D.C. and Maryland hikers, is a familiar landmark to most Arlingtonians.
The late Congressman Joel T. Broyhill bestrode Northern Virginia politics during 22 years as a House Member, from 1953 – 1975. When I interviewed the Republican about student rights in 1970 for the Yorktown High School Sentry, I couldn’t have imagined that 51 years later I’d be scouring his private papers.
I’ll confirm the rumors that I am a baby-boomer. So with schools reopened, I’m stuck with two assumptions about today’s students: They’re no longer learning the all-important but old-fashioned cursive writing, and their exposure to U.S. history, due to time constraints, trails off somewhere around World War II.
“Build Your Love Nest in Ashton Heights, Virginia,” read the ad in the Evening Star a century ago. “$500 cash will finance your home; $20 will reserve your lot.”
The county fair last year was de-scheduled due to the coronavirus. This week it returns, but still not free from the pandemic’s tentacles.
The delicate but timely topic of historic racism in county housing hit the limelight this summer.