Monday, March 25, 2013

The Arlandrian Brief: "Sending Our Egrets" Edition


A brief summary of recent postings from The Arlandrian:


Views On The Run
An osprey, a great egret and plenty of humans were fishing along Four Mile Run this past Saturday. Photo by Jake Cuomo.

MAR 22

The $125,000 Model Metro Train Set
Can you see me now?Testing the visual impact of one proposed PY Metro Station locationThe Washington Business Journal alerted us to a plan by the City of Alexandria to spend $125,000 to build computer and physical models of the three proposed Potomac Yard Metro locations (Alexandria to model Potomac Yard Metro alternatives). The decision whether to go ahead with the expenditure is before City Coun

MAR 21

How to fix everything. Except streetlights.
Sample Screen from March 2011The City of Alexandria has been quietly rolling out a new issue reporting system on their website: over the last few years. Back in March of 2011, we reported about a nifty new GIS-based system that not only allows you to help locate the problem on a map, it also offers you the ability to upload supporting documents or pictures and retains the request

MAR 20

Pedestrian Struck at Dangerous Crossing
Mount Vernon Avenue traffic was halted in both directions this morning between 8:30 and 9:00 to respond to a crash involving a pedestrian crossing in a marked crosswalk. Alexandria 2008  Pedestrian and Bike Mobility Plan highlighted the intersection as the only high crash density site in the City.According to Alexandria Police:The accident did occur on the Alexandria side, at the intersection of M
New Bus Shelter Vandalized. 3rd Time. Not Charming.
We STILL didn't even get a chance to report about the recent upgrades to the bus shelter at Mt Vernon and West Reed Avenues. No, not yet.And it was vandalized today...for the THIRD time since it was installed.The new shelter, part of the first of quite a few long-anticipated pedestrian improvements to Arlandria, is also one of the first of a new program of bus shelter replacements City-wide that w

MAR 18

Arlington Transportation Successes.
Arlington County reports on the success it has had over the past 4 decades of managing its economic and population growth while maintaining traffic congestion. (Arlington is Booming, And Traffic Fantastically Remains at 1970s Levels — Mobility Lab):"Science fiction fans will recognize this plot line. A woman travels into the past, telling her ancestors about her reality in the future, only to be c
Traffic Hampers Morning Bus Commute (again).
WMATA reported this morning that morning commutes on the 10A were again delayed because of "traffic congestion on Mount Vernon Avenue:10A: Due to traffic congestion at Mount Vernon Ave & W Glebe Rd, buses to the Pentagon are experiencing up to 15 minute delays.— @wmata (@wmata) March 18, 2013This repeats earlier occurrences that we reported in February. Here's how WMATA reported those earlier

MAR 15

Tales of an Arlandria Twitcher: The Ides of March Edition
More on the wildlife around Four Mile Run by The Arlandrian's resident amateur ornithologist:American Robin, the familiar songbird in the thrush family, they are some of the first and most familiar birds to show up in numbers in the spring. The adult Black-crowned Night Heron that is still in the park in the small stream by the Aces field.The Downy Woodpecker (male), you can tell it’s a male beca
The Birth of the SuperStop reports on the first ever "Super Stop" that has now been put into operation along Columbia Pike in Arlington (Walter Reed ‘Super Stop’ Now Open):The first of 24 planned “Super Stop” bus stops on Columbia Pike opened this morning.The stop, on Columbia Pike at the intersection with Walter Reed Drive, offers riders a brighter, more open and attractive take on the traditional shel

MAR 14

The Economic Case for Bike, Walk, & Transit
Former Alexandria Small Business Facilitator Tom Fairchild makes the case for positive economic impacts of bike, pedestrian and transit facilities in a post at Arlington's Mobility Lab ("Bike, Walk, and Transit Mean Business"):“Bikes Mean Business” was the theme of the just-wrapped National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. And on the heels of the highly successful summit, two of the world’s biggest

MAR 08

Riding in the Dark
The Del Ray Patch notes that bicycling is now permitted for longer hours along the W&OD trail. The Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority has extended the hours so that the trail is now open from 5am to 9pm (Park Authority Extends Hours on W&OD Trail).The W&OD, one of the first "rail to trail" conversions, runs from Shirlington near I-395 to Purcellville in Loudoun County
Warwick Pool slated to close
Google Aerial view of Warwick PoolIn case you missed it:The Del Ray Patch has the story about the Alexandria City Manager's budget proposal that anticipates the closing of the Warwick Pool (Future of Warwick Pool Hangs in the Balance).The Patch writes:"Located at 3301 Landover St., the popular pool needs more than $6,000 in repairs to reopen this year. The facility also requires $500,000 in deferr
Can you get there from here?
And can they get here from there?Just released figures from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show how commutes of Alexandria residents have change over the last decade...and likewise for Alexandria workers.Most Alexandria residents...about 88%...who don't work inside the City limits, have jobs fairly nearby in adjacent jurisdictions: DC, Fairfax, Arlington, and a plurality about 1/3 w
Name the BRT!
One proposed design and nameIn addition to helping to pick the look and color of the BRT vehicles and signage, WMATA, Arlington and Alexandria are also asking for the public's input on the name of the system. The current front runner's are either "MetroWay" or "Metrobeat", but other options can be suggested through write-in voting. We're partial to "BuRT" or "BuRsT".Metro is asking area customers

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