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Smart Growth

Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey traces the story of how visionary leaders – and residents who passionately loved their community – together transformed an aging suburb into a national model of transit-oriented development. Arlington’s setbacks and victories, battles and debates will resonate with any community seeking an alternative to sprawl.

This is the story of how a community came together to embrace “Smart Growth” – by leveraging public transit to achieve sustainable growth… while preserving and strengthening the neighborhoods that are the heart and soul of Arlington.


Watch the Full Documentary

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See how Arlington County’s transit-oriented development over the last 40 years is explained in this 11-minute video

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To read more about Arlington’s Smart Growth, visit these links:
Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey
Share Your Memories: Leave a comment and view others
A Photographic History: Tracing Arlington through the decades.


To order a DVD of the full-length documentary, please send a check for $5 made out to Treasurer, Arlington County.

Send payment to:
Arlington TV
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 409
Arlington, VA 22201

Copies are also available for sale at the Arlington County store, inside the Plaza Library at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

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