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Arlington VA Sept. 11 2014

Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony – 2014

Memorial ceremony for the victims of the Sept. 11 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

Neighborhood Conservation Program

Neighborhood Conservation Program

For 50 years now Arlington has been using an innovative program of civic participation to serve the needs of its community called the Neighborhood Conservation Program

Around Arlington - August 13, 2014

Around Arlington – August 13, 2014

On this episode, there is a new police chief in town for a day, we explore Arlington’s amazing public art program, Courthouse Square gets one step closer to a major update, Metro’s silver line heads into Arlington, and major improvements to several parks and neighborhoods thanks to the Capital Improvement Plan.

Around Arlington - July 29, 2014

Around Arlington – July 29, 2014

In this episode, we break ground on Virginia’s first right-of-way dedicated to premium surface transit, and see some young girls go to Fire Camp.

Charlie Clark's Arlington County Chronicles

Charlie Clark’s Arlington County Chronicles

Author Charlie Clark reads from his book, Arlington County Chronicles.

Jay Fisette

2014 State of the County Address

2014 Arlington State of the County Address

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.