Author: Charlie Clark

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Our Man in Arlington

Of all Arlington’s neighborhoods, I nominate Hall’s Hill as the most transformed. This weekend I arranged a satisfying two-fer by taking the Walk Arlington official guided tour of that historically black area while enjoying the “Feel the Heritage Festival” celebration of African American history and culture. The annual event held […]

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Our Man in Arlington

As parking grows scarcer in Arlington, normally angelic citizens get tempted to be scofflaws. The price, however, can be more than just a ticket—try a major hassle with a towing company that some call predatory. Leave it to Arlington to try to make this mess a bit more civilized. Hundreds […]

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Our Man in Arlington

A frozen-in-time document capturing Arlington circa 1952 came to me through a friend. The illustrated ad from the old Washington Star proclaimed, “Now open: One of the most distinctive developments in Metropolitan Washington real estate history.” For just $19,000-$27,000 (substantial cash required), Arlingtonians aspiring to own property adjoining the Washington […]

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Our Man in Arlington

The clang-clang-clang of Arlington’s streetcar debate issue won’t cease. Last week, after the county board had mapped out debate on other issues, a new group of citizen activists announced formation of Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit. The ringleader is Peter Rousselot, a retired attorney with a transportation specialty who speaks for […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington sits a mere 93 million miles from a most practical energy source. So notes Scott Sklar, the solar power luminary whose nonconformist home on Ivy Street may be the county’s most energy-savvy. The bearded and jovial Sklar, a longtime lobbyist, author and lecturer, is on friendly terms with his […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington’s progressive political establishment is well entrenched for many reasons, not least of which is the continued presence of many of its dedicated forebears. An exemplar is Martha Ann Miller, still in her prime at age 101, who just published an Arlington-centric autobiography “The First Century: And Not Ready for […]