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  • Around Arlington – July 8, 2014

    In this episode, we celebrate our volunteers and all they do, take a look at two parks now open in the area, see how some kids are making a change and learn what Google was doing in Arlington.

  • 2014 State of the County Address

    2014 Arlington State of the County Address

  • Home Alone: 5 Safety Tips for Kids

    Arlington is a safe community. But when it comes to your kids, you can’t be TOO safe. If your kids are spending time home without you, make sure they know these safety rules!

  • Brigid Schulte on Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

    Brigid Schulte reads from and discusses her book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

  • Around Arlington – June 16, 2014

    On this episode of Around Arlington, the county retains its triple AAA bond rating, we take a look at the reduction in the homeless population in the county, and the new update to Arlington’s Noise Ordinance. We also visit the new state of the art small animals facility at the Animal Welfare League, and celebrate all of Arlington’s volunteers.

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Why Streetcar? Because we can transform the Pike while preserving affordable housing

Why Streetcar? Because we can transform the Pike while preserving affordable housing

The streetcar will encourage private investment and development along the Pike, including more housing. We have put in place innovative financing and planning incentives to preserve existing affordable housing.

Why Streetcar? Because Streetcar is a sound investment in our future

Why Streetcar? Because Streetcar is a sound investment in our future

We expect the Columbia Pike streetcar to yield $3 to $4.2 billion in new real estate value for Arlington and Fairfax over 30 years, and attract more than 6,000 new jobs within 10 years of the start of construction.

Why Streetcar? Because Arlington is growing

Why Streetcar? Because Arlington is growing

Over the next 30 years, we expect 65% of our population growth and 44% of job growth to occur along the seven and a half mile Skyline -Columbia Pike-Crystal City-Potomac Yard route.

Why Streetcar? Because Streetcar will improve the quality of life for everyone on the Pike

Why Streetcar? Because Streetcar will improve the quality of life for everyone on the Pike

The County has put in place innovative financing and planning incentives to ensure that the Pike’s affordable housing, and rich diversity, are preserved.

Why Streetcar? Because this is what we do

Why Streetcar? Because this is what we do

Planning for the long-term is what makes Arlington a national model of smart growth. We make strategic investments – like the streetcar – that build a sustainable community.

Why Streetcar? Because Metro was a success and streetcars will be, too.

Why Streetcar? Because Metro was a success and streetcars will be, too.

METRO and smart growth are our legacy. Streetcars will fulfill the Main Street vision for Columbia Pike, just as METRO transformed the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

Why Streetcar? Because buses alone can't carry enough people.

Why Streetcar? Because buses alone can’t carry enough people.

A large, comfortable, workhorse vehicle, the streetcar will attract riders. Each streetcar vehicle can hold 100% more passengers than a standard Metrobus.

Why Streetcar? Because it will broaden our tax base.

Why Streetcar? Because it will broaden our tax base.

We estimate that streetcar, over 30 years, will generate $1.26 billion in new tax revenues. That means more money for schools, infrastructure, affordable housing and other services.

Why Streetcar? Because Streetcar improves connections.

Why Streetcar? Because Streetcar improves connections.

The 7.4-mile streetcar system will connect job centers, neighborhoods, and shopping destinations, as well as Metrorail and VRE commuter rail.

Why Streetcar? Because more people will want to ride streetcar.

Why Streetcar? Because more people will want to ride streetcar.

Streetcar will help us attract more people to transit who now drive alone — and will help reduce congestion in the key Columbia Pike and Route 1 corridors.

Two Days in Two Minutes on Arlington's Courthouse Square

Two Days in Two Minutes on Arlington’s Courthouse Square

Two days in two minutes on Arlington’s Courthouse Square.