Every year there are millions of dollars in surplus funds left over at the end of the fiscal year. I attended a budget round table to ask why these funds are never used to close the inevitable budget gap for the next fiscal year, instead of raising real estate taxes to cover the budget gap. Last year there were $17 million in surplus funds that were spent, and our taxes were increased to cover an $11 million budget... more »
I would like the county to focus its development and programming efforts on initiatives that add value for a broad range of existing residents, not just for particular interest groups. In particular, I'd like to see greater spending focused on bringing in new businesses and expanding existing ones to fill our office and commercial vacancies. Further, when new residential developments are approved through the site plan... more »
I'd love to embrace "Millennialism" and be car-free, but the inconsistency in transit options in parts of North Arlington is difficult-- there is minimal bus service and a lack of bikeshare stations, even near Marymount University. Adding bikeshare locations along the northern portion of Glebe Road from Lee Highway up to Chain Bridge would be helpful in continuing to connect this area with other parts of the County!
Our slide into fiscal problems has been in the works for some time. Back on Oct. 25, 2013, then-County Manager Barbara Donnellan told the County and School Boards that she had "no more rabbits" that she could pull out of her budgetary hat. As a community, we must transition from being world-class spenders to finding more efficient and effective ways to stretch our communal dollars. In that regard, I have recommended a... more »
Along the major corridors we should remove subsidized on-street parking, to encourage walk-able and bike-able neighborhoods. Many of these on-street parking spots reduce visibility at cross walks and cause dooring and blocking situations for bike lanes, increasing danger and reducing foot traffic. Remove a few strategic parking spaces along the pike and Roslyn Ballston corridor and use that space to widen the sidewalks... more »
Holding public meetings outside of the traditional locations, like community centers or schools, might be a good way to engage a wider and perhaps younger audience. This could be in combination with varying times of the meetings. Having public meetings at places Millennials frequent, such as bars and coffee shops, would engage more people and may reach a younger audience since you are going out to places we already like... more »
First, no streetcar. Then, no bus rapid transit. Now what? It's been years and there is still no transit solution that was promised for Columbia Pike.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to figure out how to bring reasonably priced housing to Arlington. Seems like there could be some potential for connecting with the development community to figure this out? this is such a great community---and would love to keep the diversity of ages, ethnicity, and other good things!
The "recycling center" parking lot is being repurposed by the Columbia Forest Civic Association for the West Columbia Pike Food Truck Party Series. It's just a dirty grungy lot. It could be more. It could be a multiuser multi purpose space for community use. It could place make on the Pike. It could have art. It could be so much more. But we can't get anyone to see past the dollar signs. Millennials end up going to... more »
The new lot next to the whole foods in Clarendon is a good start, and assuredly better than an abandoned lot. So, what's next for that space?
Recommendation: Turn that into a multiple story 24-7 pay parking structure, and remove the street parking between Clarendon and Courthouse.
As an older millennial I moved to Arlington to start a family. But the lack of affordable childcare options, especially for infants, is a huge burden even for well off families. On top of that it is very difficult to even find a child care solution at all, as daycare spots are few and far between. As millennials start settling down to raise a family, having access to quality, affordable childcare will be very important.... more »
As many people may not know, when we invest in public art, we invest in the economy. For every $1 spent on public art, there is between a $2-$4 return on that initial investment. I have traveled to cities, near and far, and fall in love with the amazing art. Murals sponsored by businesses, actual storm drain projects with impact, trash cans that don't look like garbage, cross walks that are safer for both drivers and... more »
I would like to see better dedicated funding for economic development, beautification, green space, and programming along Columbia Pike.
Folks, if we are going to "engage," let's focus on the larger fiscal issues, not the trivial stuff. As a matter of policy. There have been some well-meaning suggestions about collecting more from County residents for this and that. From the fiscal point of view, there is little payoff to the County budget to focus on increasing trivial fees. It costs money to collect and track these small amounts, and the total raised... more »
I'm glad that Arlington has recommitted to reducing emissions since the US withdrew from the Paris agreement. But as a renter, I feel like there aren't really county programs I can participate in. There are efficiency rebates and solar co-ops, but those are for homeowners. I can personally try to use LEDs or draft blockers, but I can't make any big changes. Could AIRE (https://environment.arlingtonva.us/energy/) develop... more »