Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Arlandrian Brief: Re-Inaugural Edition

A brief summary of recent postings from The Arlandrian:

How will Alexandria's BRT fare?

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 1 hour ago
In a post on Greater, Greater Washington, Dan Malouff discusses what's been called "BRT Creep" (The US has only 5 true BRT systems, and none are "gold" - Greater Greater Washington). That's the term some streetcar enthusiasts use to explain their reasoning for preferring rail over wheels transport. Dan writes: *"The same community leaders who choose BRT over rail, because BRT is cheaper, then make the same choice when faced with other potential cost-cutting measures. They eliminate the most expensive features, until the gold standard that was promised isn't actually what's delivere... more »

Musical Legends, 'Banjo Summit' and Mandolins

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 2 hours ago
NBC4 Washington reviews the Banjo Summit this past Friday at the Birchmere: *Led by the world's leading banjo player, Béla Fleck, musical greats Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikenly, Richie Stearns and Tony Trishka brought down The Birchmere to a mix of traditional bluegrass, jazz, and even some classical.* Musical Legends Bring their 'Banjo Summit' to The Birchmere | NBC4 Washington: Meanwhile, the Alexandria Times interviews Iris Dement about her upcoming show this Monday: *I love the Birchmere. I’ve been playing there just about every year since 1992. It’s a great enviro... more »

New Bus Maps Show Connections

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 1 day ago
WMATA has introduced the new combined bus maps that have been in the worksfor the past several months. These new maps display not only Metro bus routes, but show connections to other local bus lines, like DASH and ART. Find more on the new WMATA bus maps here: http://wmata.com/bus/maps/

It's WAR at the Birchmere

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 2 days ago
As mentioned today on WaPo's Going Out Guide (Morning links: My kingdom for a dive bar), the Birchmere is hosting WAR tonight. Tickets are still available for tonight's show, but as with all Birchmere performances on the Music Hall stage, it can also be viewed in bar area which is open for dining and drinking. They have a great menu. Here's WAR performing one of their classics:

Restaurant Week Special at Arlandria's RT's

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 2 days ago
*"Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week kicks off Friday...RT’s is offering a $35 three-course prix fixe special...**RT’s three-course menu includes choice of special appetizers, entrees and desserts.*" Restaurant Week Choices in Del Ray and Arlandria - Del Ray, VA Patch:

Community Comments on 4MR Park

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 3 days ago
Over the past three months, Alexandria has heard from 97 individuals about Four Mile Run Park through an online and mail survey, e-mail, phone, or in-person. In total, over 535 residents provided comments on all of our City’s large parks (Including: Four Mile Run Park, Chinquapin Park, Simpson Stadium Park, Holmes Run Park System, Hensley Park, and Ben Brenman and Boothe Parks). The City has compiled your comments on Four Mile Run Park into the summary at the link below. During the next three months, this summary will help guide draft recommendations for park improvements and ul... more »

Regarding our evolving transit structure

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 3 days ago
On Greater, Greater Washington, Agnes Artemal talks about the developing framework of BRT and streetcar systems being implemented immediately around us and the challenges faced by the various jurisdiction to coordinate these lines. *"To get streetcars across boundaries, however, the many local governments must coordinate their plans and deal with differences in their abilities to fund projects."* Arlington County's streetcar plansBright hopes, some obstacles for Northern Virginia streetcars - Greater Greater Washington

New Restaurant Approved (Again) for 3401 Mt Vernon Ave.

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 3 days ago
The original plans that were approved almost 3 years ago just didn't work out. But the Cabero's are back for another shot at a restaurant in the now vacant, shuttered building at 3401 Mt Vernon Avenue. In 2010, there were a lot of discussions about a totally new green building on the lot. The costs turned out to be just too high. A slightly altered menu is also planned for the scaled down renovation. Not just chicken anymore: *"Plans for a Mexican and Peruvian restaurant on Mount Vernon Avenue received approval Saturday from the Alexandria City Council.* *Council unanimously approve... more »

Potomac Yard Harris Teeter remains closed

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 4 days ago
Possible litigation and on-going finger-pointing continue to keep the Potomac Yard Harris Teeter shuttered. View Larger Map *The Harris Teeter grocery store at 3600 S. Glebe Road near Potomac Yard will remain closed for the foreseeable future.**The store closed last May after it was flooded with raw sewage — an incident caused by a clog at the nearby Arlington County Water Pollution Control Plan. It has yet to reopen.* No Reopening Date Yet for Potomac Yard Harris Teeter | ARLnow.com

Style versus design in Potomac Yard

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 4 days ago
University of Maryland, professor emeritus of Architecture, Roger Lewis applauds the urban design but criticizes the architecture and affordability coming in south of East Glebe Road. We don't think he's looked at what's happening north of East Glebe in Potomac Yard (or north of West Glebe in Arlandria for that matter). * * *"Alexandria gets high planning marks for its efforts to manage and wisely shape dynamic growth in the city’s northeast. But I have one concern as growth continues: that architectural quality may not match urban design quality."* Alexandria’s rapid urbanization ... more »

Neighborhood Leader Rosa Byrd is a 2013 Alexandria Living Legend

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 4 days ago
"For more than 35 years, Byrd and her friends inspected alleyways of Lynhaven for code enforcement violations, sanitation problems and lighting outages. They were lovingly referred to as the “Snoop Sisters” by their neighbors. Byrd developed a working relationship with the Mayor, members of City Council and the City Manager that helped to solve many of the neighborhood’s problems. She and her neighbors were successful in transforming a vacant lot into a playground for their children." AlexandriaNews - 2013 Living Legend Of Alexandria Rosa Byrd

Alexandria City Council Approves Reed Avenue Affordable Housing Project

Kevin Beekman at The Arlandrian - 4 days ago
"The Alexandria City Council approved a new affordable housing project, which will be built on E. Reed Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway. The city will loan the nonprofit developer, AHC, Inc. $2.5 million and will transfer a city-owned parcel of land on Jefferson Davis Highway to AHC for the project." AlexandriaNews - Alexandria City Council Approves New Affordable Housing Project
With a focus on the long neglected cluster of neighborhoods between Del Ray and Arlington Ridge known as Arlandria, the Arlandrian seeks to inform, motivate, and stand up for the neighborhood that Alexandria almost forgot.  
The Arlandrian is also a strong supporter of the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market and volunteer projects in Arlandria in general. The blog helped launch the Market and continues to provide information and updates about this, to date, successful volunteer supported event. Blog contributors include long-term Arlandria residents Kevin Beekman, Melissa Garcia, and Nick Partee, among others.
Bounded by Glebe & Glebe, Rt 1 & Four Mile Run, Arlandria is where Arlington and Alexandria meet (and try to get acquainted). 


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