Increasing property taxes and/or cutting County services are the usual suspects trotted out to deal with budgetary shortfalls. I have been a property owner in the County for over 30 years and have always found it irksome that those who rent pretty much enjoy the same County public services that I do but without paying for them [e.g., the parks, roads, libraries and schools]. Arlington County already imposes a Transient... more »
If schools are a part of what makes Arlington an attractive place to live, is there any way that consideration of broader options in terms of cost-effective school (re) expansion could be a part of long-range planning? I wonder how many community centers were once elementary schools, and if there is any possibility that APS could use/claim/ reclaim some of those properties rather than just continue with the band-aid "solution"... more »
I would love to see the County focus efforts on getting the occupancy rate up in Crystal City and Potomac Yard area near the airport. Vacancy and lack of a variety between 23rd St and Glebe Road off Jefferson Davis Hwy/Crystal Drive/Potomac Ave is disappointing. All of our tax dollars are going to Alexandria in Del Ray and Old town areas which is unfortunate.
Arlington County prides itself with the services and facilities it provides its residents which nothing short of excellent. I would like a small investment to be made in the community field at Gunston Community field. It’s current condition are those of a 3rd World Country. It is an eye sore to Arlington County. I do not understand why for the last 6 years this field has not being maintained. Interim solution: reseed... more »
It would be super amazing if bikers (and runners/walkers) could go down the bluemont trail on a pedestrian bridge that could span the intersection of wilson blvd and george mason. The trail has to pause at the huge four way intersection and that would be an ideal space for a pedestrian bridge, so that individuals didn't have to wait for the light (and so that parents could feel safer about kids crossing the streets there).... more »
I live in the Ashton Heights neighborhood close to the Virginia Square metro and most streets have no, or incomplete sidewalks. This is unsafe and discourages walking.
I would like to make sure that there is room in the budget to continue to ensure that APS remains a top quality school district. One of the biggest issues facing APS is lack of classroom space and I would hope that the county will work with the school board to identify places in which to build new schools to accommodate the ever growing population. Given the long term planning by the county for continued growth and... more »
I would like it if Arlington stopped forcing all of the affordable housing on Buckingham and South Arlington via "affordable housing funds". I live off of Pershing Drive and am concerned that the country is allowing affordable housing money to go towards funding a Committed Affordable Housing Neighborhood which continues to perpetuate the NIMBLY (Not in My Back Yard) atmosphere of community responsibility for affordable... more »
After reading through the comments to date, I was fascinated by the lack of basic information that most commenters possess. I was also concerned about how few residents commented. What is the Arlington population about 125,000 with about 200 comments? We are missing a large swath of Arlington residents. To speak to "basic information". It seems that most commenters do not have a strong grasp about the details of Arlington... more »
Arlington tap water usually tastes either like dirt or chlorine. We have needed to purchase bottled water ever since the water pipe cleansing this past spring (2017). It is inconvenient to routinely transport (heavy to carry) water to the home. It is also an additional recurring household expense that I would rather not pay. Brita filters do not help that much; other brands of water purifiers also have limitations,... more »
Arlington has a lot of great public tennis courts 3 seasons of the year. There are however no public indoor courts during winter. Other nearby municipalities such as DC have courts that are enclosed over winter, those however are inconvenient for Arlington residents to get to. These need not be covered year round, could just enclose over winter like done at Hanes Point. Somewhere like the Wakefield HS courts would be... more »
The Long Branch Creek neighborhood (south of 395 with Glebe road running thru) doesn’t have a lot of amenities (restaurants, retail, etc) for use by the neighborhood residents and others. The only significant location for daily use by residents is the Giant. Lots of resources have been focused on other parts of Arlington- the orange line corridor, improving Columbia Pike, and Crystal City and north Potomac Yards. How... more »
Over any 10 year period, county spending should be limited to population growth and inflation. To ensure this transparency, the County Manager should include in his Proposed Budget, how the budget has grown -- given population growth and inflation -- over the prior 10 years. Taxpayers could then expect any tax increases (or decreases) to be scaled back (or increased) accordingly.
Arlington has a number of vocal, orchestral, and theatrical organizations: ranging from professional to amateur. They perform locally and nationally, and are what makes Arlington a very favorable place in which to live. Most of the groups are always looking for new members. The Millennial age range (30-50) is the ideal time to continue with the musical and theatrical skills learned in school or college. Families and... more »
I would like to be able to subscribe to departmental updates via email or sms in a similar way I do for OEM's emergency alerts. For example, I could subscribe to "Parks" news to let me when the new Parks catalogue or class sign up is ready. Or "Tax" news to know when a payment deadline is approaching. "County Board" news to know when a meeting is with a link to the agenda. Or "Election" News to be alerted about absentee... more »