Was “Parking Crisis” For Real?

Was “Parking Crisis” For Real?
Remember when the County insisted that the Residential Parking Program (RPP) had to be cut back because there was a “parking crisis.” The LVCA issued a lengthy white paper opposing the changes and many civic associations along with LVCA and many LV residents wrote impassioned letters to the County Board. Letters from Civic Associations Most RPP Changes Approved by County Board

County Proposes Permanent TOSAS
TOSAs are “Temporary Outdoor Seating Areas” that were created after COVID pandemic restrictions prohibited indoor restaurant seating. Many TOSAs were created by taking over all or most of the parking spaces adjacent to restaurants. Now the County is seeking to make it easier for restaurant to hold on to TOSAs permanently (POSAs?), thus permanently removing great swaths of parking. ARLnow

Unused TOSA on Garfield

Unused TOSA on Wilson

Residents Complain of Roaring Cars

Residents Complain of Roaring Cars
Residents are complaining that fast, loud cars and motorcycles are becoming a neighborhood nuisance and safety hazard. Some neighbors believe these cars may have been modified to be louder. Unfortunately, police can no longer pull drivers over for noise due to a bill passed in the 2020 legislative session intended to reduce bias-based traffic stops.
  A attempt to find a solution is being spearheaded by Clarendon Courthouse Civic Association president David Cheek. NBC4 News Report Code of Virginia

Legislative Response
The problematic change to the Code of Virginia was introduced by Virginia Del. Patrick Hope to benefit “communities of color.” Del. Hope represents southern and western parts of Arlington (not LV). Del. Hope responded on NextDoor, stating “We are looking to amend the law in light of the increased noise in the neighborhoods and will have something to propose in the next legislative session.” This was followed by a long series of comments by residents. Similar language was also inserted into numerous other provisions of the Code of Virginia by Del. Hope. NextDoor Discussion

Ashton Heights Civic Assn: Police Response
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Resisting Arrest in Clarendon

Resisting Arrest in Clarendon
In a Thursday morning, Aug 5, incident in Clarendon near The Crossing Clarendon retail center a man accused of theft resisted arrest. He now faces multiple assault on police officer charges and is being held without bond. Crime Report

National Night Out Well Attended

National Night Out Well Attended
Nationally and throughout Arlington, neighbors and police mingled Tuesday night in the National Night Out. NNO is an annual effort to fight crime by building relationships between communities and police. LVCA’s event was well attended.

photo of NNO attendees
photo by Brad James

Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy

Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy
A letter from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce supports additional commercial/residential density as proposed by Plan Lee Hwy.
   But even the Chamber sees that parts of Plan Lee Hwy are deficient:
“Much of the proposed open space in the scenarios fronts on high-traffic, unwelcomingly loud places, or is in locations which could hinder reinvestment. Additionally, the scenarios propose open spaces that will be broken up by development and transportation infrastructure or that may not even be realized because of placement at sites that are unlikely to be redeveloped.”

Climate Change Score for 22201

Climate Change Score for 22201
Redfin real estate brokerage is now publishing climate risk information for every location on its website. Ratings, provided by ClimateCheck, are by county, city, neighborhood and zip code. Our zip code, 22201, is generally low risk, but very high risk for storms and high for heat. (Click image to enlarge)

The score does not reflect that some parts of 22201 are very high risk for bulldozers.

Excerpts from Letters to the County Board

Excerpts from Letters to the County Board
Over 30 neighbors sent letters opposing up-zoning LV. One letter was signed by 34 households. One letter supported up-zoning. Here are a few of the thoughtful comments. Additional posts based on the letters may be aded in the near future. Hopefully the impressive thought that went into writing these letters will have the desired effect.

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Aug 3 National Night Out at LV Park

National Night Out at LV Park, Tue, Aug 3
When: Tue, Aug 3; 7–8 PM
Where: Lyon Village Park, 1800 N Highland
Lyon Village is hosting a National Night Out (NNO) Event at the Lyon Village Park from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Bring the whole family. We will have popsicles and ice-cold water for all. Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) officers will be there to connect with the neighborhood.
  NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer and improve quality of life. “This annual event is a great opportunity for officers and the Arlington community to come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit and build stronger relationships which are vital to maintaining public safety. “I truly believe we are at our best when we are working collaboratively with the community and hope you will join us on August 3,” said Chief Andy Penn.
To help with the event, please contact John Carten at gjcarten@verizon.net.

Board Member Tours Lyon Village

Board Member Tours Lyon Village
On Thurs afternoon, LVCA President, John Carten and two dozen LV residents lead County Board member Takis Karantonis on a walking tour of LV. When residents were asked “would you prefer the proposed changes or keep Lyon Village as is” 22 out of 23 residents on the walk raised indicated a preference to keep Lyon Village as is.
  All County Board members are invited to take Karantonis’ lead to meet with each of the affected communities.
  Some attendees expressed unhappiness with Karantonis doing lots of talking and little listening. One attendee sent a long, fiery email to the entire County Board and County Manager.
  Karantonis will be running for re-election this November, challenged by 3 independent candidates. The County Board has decided this election will not use ranked choice voting.

Clarendon Crowd Sensors Now Active

Clarendon Crowd Sensors Now Active
As previously reported on LyonVillage.org, sensors have been installed in Clarendon’s 2900 (Filmore-Garfield) block of Wilson Blvd. The program is currently in the “learning phase” for the next 3 months to learn how to effectively collect data WDVM.
  The County stresses that the sensors will not collect any personally identifiable information. The pilot project is expected to last 9 months. If successful its capabilities can be expanded and deployed to other areas.

LVCA President’s Message on Plan Lee Highway

LVCA President’s Message on Plan Lee Highway
The Lyon Village Citizens’ Association (LVCA) wants to ensure that you aware of the current proposals being developed by the Plan Lee Hwy (PLH) team and County staff and the impact these proposals will have on single-family homes in Lyon Village.

These proposals would change the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) and zoning for the R6, single-family homes between Lee Hwy, N. Veitch St., 18th St. N., and N. Highland St. in Lyon Village. This ultimately will result in the destruction of
● 75 single-family homes (10% of all single-family homes)
● 43 townhomes (50% of all townhomes)
● 6 affordable apartment buildings (40% of all affordable apartment buildings)
● As well as the futures of all the families living in them

Information on the County’s proposals can be found at the following links. Lyon Village is in Area 5 (West) in these documents and slides.
Plan Lee Hwy Homepage
Presentation on Lyon Village

The LVCA strongly opposes these proposals, as is spelled out in our Position Paper.

LVCA supports maintaining the current GLUP and zoning, as shown on these Maps.

We feel these proposals, if approved, would set a precedent that would negatively impact Lyon Village and additional neighborhoods in the future, as well as harm the reputation of the County. We respectfully request your support in stopping these proposals from going forward to the County Board for approval in October 2021.

Please send letters to the following letting them know you oppose the proposals for Lyon Village. Get at least 10 of your friends and neighbors to send letters, too. We need every Lyon Village resident in every household to speak out and make his/her/their voice heard.

CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us — General address for all Board members
 mdeferranti@arlingtonva.us — County Board Chair
 kcristol@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 cdorsey@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 tkarantonis@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
 lgarvey@arlingtonva.us — County Board Member
CountyManager@arlingtonva.us — Mr. Mark Schwartz, County Manager
planleehighway@arlingtonva.us
 paul.alexander.holland@gmail.com — Chair of Plan Lee Highway
 nalfonso-ahmed@arlingtonva.us — Lee Highway Project Manager
ecleva@arlingtonva.us — Ms. Elise Cleva, Acting Comm & Engagement Manager
rlapiana@arlingtonva.us — Ms. Rachel LaPiana, Comm & Engagement Specialist
webmaster@lyonvillage.org
(Please send a copy of your letter to webmaster@lyonvillage.org. As we learned in the past, the County will not publish or provide copies of letters from individuals.)

Please feel free to contact me at gjcarten@verizon.net if you have any questions.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

John Carten, President, LVCA

Please send questions or comments to John Carten gjcarten@verizon.net or Loria Porcaro loriap@att.net.

Concerns Grow Over Increasing Urbanization of Rte 29

Concerns Grow Over Increasing Urbanization of Rte 29
Scott McCaffrey writes…
Having seen the “it’s just a work in progress” ruse pulled on others in the past, those concerned about the prospect of major zoning increases in the Lee Highway corridor are getting their objections in front of elected leaders sooner rather than later. Critics have pounced on staff proposals for the North Arlington corridor (recently renamed John Langston Boulevard), which project major increases in land-use options.Sun Gazette

How Re-Zoning Destroys Communities

How Re-Zoning Destroys Communities
This review of Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City, published on Good Reads, explains how rezoning works over time to destroy communities. It is about, New York City, but I think rhymes with what we are facing in Arlington.
Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City
by Tom Angotti (Author, Contributor), Sylvia Morse (Author, Contributor), & 3 more
ISBN: 0996004130
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Video: Living Near Condo Construction

Video: Living Near Condo Construction
Kennedy St in DC has several 5-story condos under construction by speculative developers next to single-family homes. The neighbors are not happy and have repeatedly complained to city authorities. Definitely not a nice place to live and possibly a preview for what the County has in store for Lyon Village. NBC4 News (has pre-load 15-second ad; citizen issue begin at 1:36)

Autos Must Give Room to Other Road Vehicles

Autos Must Give Room to Other Road Vehicles
A new Virginia state law requires motorists to change lanes when passing other types of road vehicles, if the lane of travel is not wide enough to accommodate a minimum of 3 feet in distance between the motor vehicle and the other road vehicle. Previously the law did not require changing lanes. Motorists must change lanes even if that means over double-yellow lines. The new law applies to passing bicycles, mopeds, scooters, motorized skateboards, electric personal assistive-mobility devices, and animal or animal-drawn vehicles. The new law also removes restrictions on riding 2-abreast for bicyclists, electric personal assistive-mobility devices, motorized skateboard, and scooters. The new law went into effect July 1, 2021. The Act

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan
County representatives encountered over 100 angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. Despite it all, we want to thank Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum and Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff for patiently facing our 2-1/2 hour pummeling.

Intro & Slide Presentation by Paul Holland (20:00)


Initial Questions by LVCA President, John Carten (14:40)
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Please Complain About Lee Hwy Plan

Please Complain About the Lee Hwy Plan
County representatives encountered 100* angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. This, along with other proposals on the south, east, and west would drastically change the character of the little sliver of LV that remained.
  It is extremely important that LV residents, who want to preserve their homes and their neighborhood, contact County officials to signal their opposition. Below there is a sample letter and information about who to contact. Many other problems with the study were voiced by LV residents during the meeting. The the meeting recording is worth a listen or a re-listen (the recording will be posted very soon).Click to Continue Reading…

Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan for LV

Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan for LV
Plan could increase density and heights between Lee Hwy and 18th St.
When: 8PM, Mon June 21
Where: The meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
ONLINE ONLY: No meeting at the Community House
Meeting Recording

The presenter tonight will be Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. Paul grew up in Lyon Village and he now lives with his family in Waverly Hills.

Also present at the meeting will be Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff.

Citizen Comments on Plan Lee Hwy

Citizen Comments on Plan Lee Hwy
The survey form is very pretty, but seems designed to make comments difficult to submit. Questions are hidden under icons that must be individually found and clicked. Survey questions are “loaded,” offering only limited replies, like a choice between “A” or “B” with no ability to say neither. Written comments require using a novel and confusing method that attaches comments to specific locations on maps and slides. Survey: Land Use Scenario Area 1 & Area 5

With over 100 comments submitted so far from “Area 5 West” (including Lyon Village) all but 4 are strongly against the plan. Here is a sample of some of the comments…Click to Continue Reading…

June 21: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Hwy Plan for LV

Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan for LV
Plan could increase density and heights between Lee Hwy and 18th St.
When: 8PM, Mon June 21
Where: The meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
ONLINE ONLY: No meeting at the Community House
Meeting Recording Now Posted

The presenter will be Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum. Paul grew up in Lyon Village and he now lives with his family in Waverly Hills. Also present at the meeting will be Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff.

The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA) and Arlington County have developed a plan to guide the long term development of Lee Highway in Arlington. In Lyon Village, the plan proposes increased commercial/mixed uses as well increased building height and density on the south side of Lee Highway up to the north side of N. 18th Street. See map below. Lyon Village falls under Area 5.

At the meeting we will discuss the proposed plan and solicit neighborhood input and comments.

Additional information can be found on the County’s web pages:
Plan Lee Highway: Documents
Plan Lee Highway: Project Updates
Plan Lee Highway

Click map to enlarge

The plan allows 4-story buildings on the north side of 18th St. with taller buildings on the remainder of the blocks.

Source: The Future of Lee Highway:
Part 2: Neighborhood Area Concepts – Area 1 and 5
(page 17)

Ring Limits Police Access to Camera Recordings

Ring Limits Police Access to Camera Recordings
After criticism by digital rights and social justice groups that Ring’s law enforcement partnerships unfairly target communities of color, Ring will stop sending emails to Ring users on behalf of law enforcement. Agencies will now need to post “Request for Assistance” messages themselves on the Neighbors by Ring network. Consumer Reports

Long “Missing Middle” Discussion on NextDoor

Long “Missing Middle” Discussion on NextDoor
“The Arlington County government has posted yet another survey to guide the residents to its next phase of upzoning and density goals as part of its Missing Middle housing initiative… These surveys are unnecessarily complicated on the county’s part, which seems intentional… The county government needs to put the surveys on hold until they have asked a very basic question posed to the entire community… ‘Should Arlington increase zoning across the board to allow 10-story-plus buildings, condos and duplexes where we are currently zoned for single-family neighborhoods with yards'” Sun Gazette NextDoor

County Considers Lower Speeds Limits

County Considers Lower Speeds Limits
The County is considering lowering speed limits from 30 or 35 to 25 MPH along 7 roadways with high pedestrian activity. The only roadway near LV under consideration is Kirkwood between Lee Hwy & Washington Blvd.
  Currently the speed limit is 25 MPH on all Arlington roads, unless higher speeds are specifically permitted. It is well established that lower speeds result in fewer pedestrian deaths and serious injuries. A public hearing to discuss and potentially approve the speed reductions is expected in July. County Board Agenda Item

Sensors to Monitor Clarendon Crowds

Sensors to Monitor Clarendon Crowds
Sensors are scheduled to be installed in June on lampposts in Clarendon’s 2900 (Filmore-Garfield) block of Wilson Blvd. The sensors will use heat, light, and sound to track pedestrian movement and crowd flow. The County stresses that the sensors will not collect any personally identifiable information. The pilot project is expected to last 9 months. If successful its capabilities can be expanded and deployed to other areas.

Project Webpage
Slide Deck

County Board Adopts Vision Zero Action Plan

County Board Adopts Vision Zero Action Plan
County Board has voted to adopt a 5-year Vision Zero Action Plan whose goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Unfortunately, they are spreading the limited funds ($16M) so broadly that little may be available to actually address traffic fatalities and severe injuries. News Release
Arlington Can Lower Vehicle Speeds
The Va General Assembly just voted to permit localities to drop speed limits in residential areas to 15 MPH. In DC it is 20MPH unless otherwise posted. Children and other pedestrians are much less likely to die when struck by a slower vehicle. Greater Greater Washington
Unsympathetic Arlington Bureaucracy
Discussion on Nextdoor cites many examples of bureaucratic excuses for failing to act.
Cars Racing through N Danville St (0:12)

Does LV Have a Rat Problem?

Does LV Have a Rat Problem?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food establishment closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, causing rodents to search for new food sources. Several residents have posted on Nextdoor about rat problems in LV: Discussion on Nextdoor
● Wilson between Filmore & Garfield
● 18th between Edgewood & Danville
The County says extermination of rats on private property is the responsibility of property owners. However, the County does provide consultation and guidance upon request. County Rat Page

Dangerous By Design

Dangerous By Design
The Dangerous By Design 2021 report illustrates dangers with a diagram that looks remarkably like LV’s intersection at Lee & Kirkwood.

1. Speed, the number one factor in pedestrian fatalities, as high-speed traffic arrives from I66 and Spout Run Parkway.
2. Wide lanes that encourage faster driving.
3. A “slip” lane, designed to keep vehicles from needing to slow down when making the right-hand turn from Lee onto Spout Run Parkway.
4. Wide corners that create long crossing distances for pedestrians.
5. Long distances between intersections encourage faster driving speeds.
6. No crosswalk with shopping destinations located directly opposite one another encourage pedestrians to cross unsafely to avoid walking far out of their way to cross.

This intersection also has a hazard not on the Report’s list: a building set too close to the curb at the south-west corner obstructing the view of the pedestrian crossing by high-speed traffic traveling east on Lee.