Remind Me Again Why We Should Change Arlington’s Form of Government


    This sounds truly awful, doesn’t it?

    About Arlington: Fabulous schools, great home values, and an attractive unemployment rate (only 4.8 percent, as compared to the national average of 9.9 percent) can all be found in this dynamic setting just a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital. Arlington’s public schools offer a low pupil/teacher ratio, and the city ranks second highest among the 100 we surveyed in high school graduation rates. Other factors that helped Arlington top the list: the lowest crime rate and very few registered sex offenders.

    As I said, it’s awful. Horrible. Atrocious. You name it. Who would want to live in a place like this, now ranked by that notoriously radical, socialistic (heh) Parenting Magazine as “the best place in the country to raise families in its annual survey.” Yeah, let’s definitely change our entire system of government, what a brilliant idea!  Not.

    • Johnny Longtorso

      but I think any city of appreciable size should have a ward system rather than electing its representatives at-large. If we had wards here in Virginia Beach, there might be some actual diversity on the City Council.

    • jfontaine

      Arlington is a great place to live:

      If you can afford it.

      If you arnt on a fixed income.

      If you don’t mind the staff arbitrarily closing your planetarim, nature

      center or local library with limited community input.  

      Or blowing 1/4 of a billion dollars on North Tract so the yuppies can have a gym while the kids at Wakefield go another year in their rundown school and the Career Center HVAc  fails under the summer sun.  Must be nice to live in North Arlington where they get a million dollars to redo the stream beds in Donaldson Run while the trash piles up down south.  Well at least where once we had a vibrant but run down Columbia pike we now have empty apartment buildings atop empty store fronts just waiting for the gap and starbucks to move in should the economy recover.

    • jack hughes

      And those very exceptions (planetarium, nature center, relocation of library) are exactly the things that residents are speaking up for and so far have saved 2 out of 3 (nature center + stopping relocation of library).  The planetarium is a more costly salvation, still in process.

      Just tonight I saw that some local governments in California are closing EVERYTHING, contracting police service to neighboring towns.

      Arlingtonians have it so good, and the collective sense of entitlement so strong (again: planetarium?  nature center? a branch library?) that the effort to change the form of government is foolhardiness on a scale that’s off-the-charts crazy.

      For those who say they can’t reach their elected officials through the Manager’s office: oh please.  Call them directly. Call the Board office directly. Call the electeds at home.  Go to meetings.  Go to where the electeds go — which is out in public at meetings and forums most days of the week.  You could’ve spoken directly with at least two electeds at the Pike Festival, instead of whining on the Internet.