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!
Millennials in Arlington
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'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 »
Lack of programming for the 20 to 50 aged group has been a brought up topic among the threads.
What type of programming and what times would you like to see these programs at in the county owned buildings (schools, libraries, community centers, sports complexes)?
Washington Boulevard (especially north of route 50) would be an ideal corridor for a dedicated bike lane.
Also, what happened to the plan to extend the bike path beside Washington boulevard south of rt. 50? I thought that they were going to connect Columbia Pike to Crystal City and the Pentagon City Mall? I heard a lot about it three years ago but it has felt like deafening silence since then...
I'd like to see more programming/events geared towards Arlington's LGBTQ community. We don't see many events in Arlington, perhaps because of the close proximity to DC. But it would be great to see more of an effort in Arlington to celebrate/welcome this population of our community.
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 »