In a post on Greater, Greater Washington, Dan Malouff discusses what's been called "BRT Creep" (The US has only five true BRT systems, and none are "gold" - Greater Greater Washington). That's the term some streetcar enthusiasts use to explain their reasoning for preferring rail over wheels transport. Dan writes: "The same community leaders who choose BRT over rail, because BRT is cheaper, then make the same choice when faced with other potential cost-cutting measures. They eliminate the most expensive features, until the gold standard that was promised isn't actually what's delivere... more »
NBC4 Washington reviews the Banjo Summit this past Friday at the Birchmere: Led by the world's leading banjo player, Béla Fleck, musical greats Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikenly, Richie Stearns and Tony Trishka brought down The Birchmere to a mix of traditional bluegrass, jazz, and even some classical. Musical Legends Bring their 'Banjo Summit' to The Birchmere | NBC4 Washington: Meanwhile, the Alexandria Times interviews Iris Dement prior to her recent show: "I love the Birchmere. I’ve been playing there just about every year since 1992. It’s a great enviro... more »
WMATA has introduced the new combined bus maps that have been in the works for the past several months. These new maps display not only Metro bus routes, but show connections to other local bus lines, like DASH and ART. Find more on the new WMATA bus maps here: http://wmata.com/bus/maps/
"Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week kicked off Friday. RT’s is offering a $35 three-course prix fixe special. RT’s three-course menu includes choice of special appetizers, entrees and desserts."
Over the past three months, Alexandria has heard from 97 individuals about Four Mile Run Park through an online and mail survey, email, phone or in-person. In total, more than 535 residents provided comments on all of our city’s large parks (Including: Four Mile Run Park, Chinquapin Park, Simpson Stadium Park, Holmes Run Park System, Hensley Park, and Ben Brenman and Boothe Parks). The vity has compiled your comments on Four Mile Run Park into the summary at the link below. During the next three months, this summary will help guide draft recommendations for park improvements... more »
On Greater, Greater Washington, Agnes Artemal talks about the developing framework of BRT and streetcar systems being implemented immediately around us and the challenges faced by the various jurisdiction to coordinate these lines. "To get streetcars across boundaries, however, the many local governments must coordinate their plans and deal with differences in their abilities to fund projects." Arlington County's streetcar plansBright hopes, some obstacles for Northern Virginia streetcars.
The original plans that were approved almost three years ago just didn't work out. But the Caberos are back for another shot at a restaurant in the now vacant, shuttered building at 3401 Mount Vernon Ave. In 2010, there were a lot of discussions about a totally new green building on the lot. The costs turned out to be just too high. A slightly altered menu is also planned for the scaled down renovation. Not just chicken anymore. more »
Possible litigation and ongoing finger-pointing continue to keep the Potomac Yard Harris Teeter shuttered. The Harris Teeter grocery store at 3600 S. Glebe Road near Potomac Yard will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The store closed last May after it was flooded with raw sewage — an incident caused by a clog at the nearby Arlington County Water Pollution Control Plan. It has yet to reopen.
University of Maryland, professor emeritus of architecture, Roger Lewis applauds the urban design but criticizes the architecture and affordability coming in south of E. Glebe Road. We don't think he's looked at what's happening north of East Glebe in Potomac Yard (or north of West Glebe in Arlandria for that matter). "Alexandria gets high planning marks for its efforts to manage and wisely shape dynamic growth in the city’s northeast. But I have one concern as growth continues: that architectural quality may not match urban design quality." more »
"For more than 35 years, Byrd and her friends inspected alleyways of Lynhaven for code enforcement violations, sanitation problems and lighting outages. They were lovingly referred to as the “Snoop Sisters” by their neighbors. Byrd developed a working relationship with the Mayor, members of City Council and the City Manager that helped to solve many of the neighborhood’s problems. She and her neighbors were successful in transforming a vacant lot into a playground for their children." AlexandriaNews - 2013 Living Legend Of Alexandria Rosa Byrd
"The Alexandria City Council approved a new affordable housing project, which will be built on E. Reed Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway. The city will loan the nonprofit developer, AHC, Inc. $2.5 million and will transfer a city-owned parcel of land on Jefferson Davis Highway to AHC for the project." AlexandriaNews - Alexandria City Council Approves New Affordable Housing Project.
With a focus on the long neglected cluster of neighborhoods between Del Ray and Arlington Ridge known as Arlandria, the Arlandrian seeks to inform, motivate, and stand up for the neighborhood that Alexandria almost forgot.
The Arlandrian is also a strong supporter of the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market and volunteer projects in Arlandria in general. The blog helped launch the Market and continues to provide information and updates about this, to date, successful volunteer supported event. Blog contributors include long-term Arlandria residents Kevin Beekman, Melissa Garcia, and Nick Partee, among others.
Bounded by Glebe & Glebe, Rt 1 & Four Mile Run, Arlandria is where Arlington and Alexandria meet (and try to get acquainted).