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0 (This was submitted to TheArlingtonWay, “to serve as a record of what the is willing to do to subvert the facts and steer processes.” ) On January 28 [2019], Mark Schwartz released his statement on the Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP). This widely published statement fails to address the widespread substantive criticism of the PSMP methodology and results. The Manager’s statement also contains numerous erroneous assertions which have prompted both
1+ Earlier this year, Manager Mark Schwartz made a public apology for a major road disruption on Columbia Pike, affecting businesses and angering residents, who were never told of the work. Only after a public uproar and media reports, did he make an apology.  It’s dumbfounding that notifying the public about disruptions to infrastructure impacting businesses and residents would be a difficult task. But it seems that is case for Mark Schwartz. A
1+ Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz rarely misses an opportunity to place his personal short-term agenda ahead of Arlington’s long-term strategic interests. But a November 12 memorandum that Schwartz sent to the reaches a new low even for small-minded Schwartz. Background Over 1,825 days ago, the Community Facilities Study Group recommended that Arlington adopt a long-term public facilities plan locating new school seats and other new public facilities like parks, fire stations, and
0 This article appeared in InsideNova Letter: Arlington government again tries to marginalize Green Valley | Letters To Editor | insidenova.com Editor: There is a new road map for the “Arlington Way.” The county has been paving this path for some time, but it came careening through the Green Valley community on Sept. 15, when the County Board voted 5-0 to instruct us on what we may or may not discuss about a multi-million-dollar public

The County’s Green Space Shell Game

Posted on September 18, 2020

Category: Blog
1+ How to “add” more parks, while residents simultaneously lose access to green space. It was a curious thing when the Public Spaces Master Plan suggested adding in an average of 3 acres of parkland per year to keep up with the pace of a growing population, only to see that zero money was allocated on any of the County’s budget to do so.  When lots the size of a quarter acre sell for over

Dorsey Drama Continues

Posted on September 16, 2020

Category: Blog
0 On September 16, Arlnow had a comment by a frequent contributor: Morning Notes $4 Million to Heirs Annually • 7 hours ago The Bankruptcy Trustee has a filed a motion to dismiss Dorsey’s bankruptcy case for his failure to file a modified proposed plan. A previous Court order required Dorsey to file a modified proposed plan that would include $5,893 owed to his mortgage company for failure to pay his May and June 2020 mortgage payments.

Park Maintenance… a Lazy approach?

Posted on September 12, 2020

Category: Blog
0 On Friday September 11, we showed up at Doctor’s Run Park and there were three Arlington County maintenance vehicles pulled onto the grass. The team was busy mowing and blowing and edging. Our park is very well used and we tend to have a lot of garbage from the local 7-11 and lack of garbage cans in the area. We love this park; it is where our neighborhood children get out of one of

Voting Blue isn’t Enough

Posted on August 13, 2020

Category: Blog
2+ The situation in Arlington continues to disturb me. Certainly, we don’t have elected leaders or that are suppressing voting rights, curtailing a woman’s reproductive rights, or supporting aggressive policing. However, our elected leaders and do seem to have a unique relationship with the real estate and development community in Arlington. That  relationship seriously compromises other core values our community cherishes: education, the environment, and . To a busy resident who is only

Is a Car-Free Diet a priority, now?

Posted on August 11, 2020

Category: Blog
0 This morning I was greeted by my second email from Arlington’s Car-Free Diet program. Yes, my focus is elsewhere; as is everyone else’s. There are three reasons why allowing this email to be sent demonstrates the continued lack of strategic resource allocation by senior County leadership during this unprecedented time. In a county that has a very high proportion of white-collar working people, the majority of us who still have jobs are working from
1+ As the Pandemic continues, Arlington Elected Officials Drift into Opaqueness, Closed Door Sessions, and Lack of Public Review. Starting off with the good.  Arlington’s endless processes and faux outreach engagement which wasted resident’s time and just resulted in diluted outcomes favoring staff and the most organized individuals or groups are finally taking a rest during the pandemic.  Now the bad. Trump flopped big time by not having any plan at all to deal with
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