In the News

News Highlights and ASF in the News

July-Sep 2020

Route 110 Closed Due to Flooding, ARLNow, September 10, 2020

County Promoting $1.5 Million Sewage Main Rehab Project, ARLNow, September 10, 2020


Several Candidates Tread Lightly on Schools-vs.-Parks Conundrum, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, September 9, 2020

Single-Family Zoning Won't Save Starter Homes, Jane Green, ARLNow, August 31, 2020


Can Planting Trees Make a City More Equitable? Patrick Sisson, Bloomberg City Lab, August 27, 2020

What's Next, A Changing Workplace, Nicole Merlene, ARLNow, August 27, 2020

Arlington Forum to Focus on Missing-Middle Housing Data, Inside Nova, August 18, 2020

Pandemic has Reshaped Northern Virginia's Commute for Years to Come, Jared Foretek, InsideNova, August 18, 2020

Arlington Takes Stock of the County’s Missing Middle Housing and its Racial Implications, Brian Goggin, Greater Greater Washington, August 17, 2020

Arlington Adopts $277.5 Million One-Year Capital Improvement Plan, Arlington County Press Release, July 21, 2020


Arlington County's Flood Plan Has Sprung a Serious Leak, Monique Hanis, Washington Post Letter to the Editor, July 16, 2020

ASF   Peter's Take:  Does Arlington's Form of Government Serve All Residents Equitably?  Peter Rousselot, ARLNow, July 16, 2020

Renewed Call for Changing Single-family Zoning Laws, Krista Brock, The M Report, July 16, 2020

Flooded Neighborhoods in Arlington Urge Storm Water Main Spending, Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, July 11, 2020

Four Arlington Transportation Projects to Receive Regional Funding, ARLNow, July 10, 2020

Apr-June 2020

Green Valley Residents Rip Lack of Respect from Arlngton Government, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, June 23, 2020

Making Room:  Investing in Equity, Jane Green, ARLNow, June 22, 2020

After Firestorm Arlington Leaders Kick the Can on Pike Housing Plan, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, June 22, 2020​

Let's Talk About Urban Heat Island Effect, Jona Elwell, Casey Trees Leaflet, June 22, 2020

A Major Change to Columbia Pike Zoning is Delayed After Citizens Point Out it is a Gentrification Time Bomb, Arlington Spectator, June 21, 2020

Revenge of the Suburbs, Ian Bogost, the Atlantic, June 19, 2020

What's Next:  Virtual and Transparent Citizen Input, Nicole Merlene, ARLNow, June 18, 2020

Candidates Again Mostly Punt on Single-Family Zoning, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette June 18, 2020

The Over 3800 Residential Units Slated to Remake Rosslyn, Nena Perry Braun,  Urban Turf, June 17, 2020

Arlington Loves Its Trees, Arlington County, YouTube, June 17, 2020

County Manager Presents One-Year Capital Improvement Budget, Proposes Bond Referendum, Arlington Virginia Press Release, June 17, 2020

Arlington County to Focus on Equity During Pandemic Recovery, Melissa Howell, WTOP, June 16, 2020

Arlington Civic Federation Raps County Leaders on Open Space Priorities, Scott McCaffrey Sun Gazette, June 15, 2020

Condemning 9 Acres Would Allow Arlington Cemetery Expansion, AP, June 15

County Board Candidates Discuss Equity, Budget Priorities, and COVID-19 Recovery, Vernon Miles, ARLNow, June 15, 2020

Making Room:  Black Neighbors Matter, Jane Green, ARLNow, June 8, 2020

John Glenn's Former Arlington Home Has Been Torn Down, ARLNow , June 6, 2020

Arlington Ranks High for Public Parks, But There's Room for Improvement, Mary Glass, Washington Post Letter to the Editor, May 25, 2020

Affordable Housing Process Helps Special Interests, Not Needy, John Reeder, Sun Gazette Letter to the Editor, May 20, 2020

ASF Peter's Take:  Arlington Mishandles Rouse Property Acquisition Opportunity, ARLNow, April 6, 2020

County Board Adopts New, No-Frills Budget, ARLNow, April 30, 2020

People Warned to Stay Back After Sewage Leak at Arlington's Four-Mile Run, Dick Uliano WTOP, April 21, 2020

America's Biggest Cities Were Already Losing Their Allure:  What Happens Next?  Sabrina Tavernise and Sarah Mervosh, The New York Times, April 17, 2020

Progressigve Voice:  Tackling Climate Change Close to Home on Lee Highway, Scott Matties, April 20, ARLNow, April 20, 2020

ASF  Peter's Take:  Sustaining APS Operations After the Coronavirus, Peter Rousselot, ARLNow, April 8, 2020

County Manager's Revised Proposed FY 2021 Budget Overview, Arlington County, April 6, 2020

Jan-March 2020

Arlington Board OK's Development of Key Bridge Marriott Site, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, March 26, 2020

County Approves New Towers in Crystal City, March 24, 2020, ARLNow

Hope Measure Would Address Tree Preservation Efforts, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, March 23, 2020 (See also Arlington Tree Action Group website)

ASF  Arlington to Re-do Budget to Assess Virus Impact, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, March 23, 2020 (ASF Asks County Board to Buy Large Undeveloped Parcel)

The U.S. Might Have a Secret Weapon against Coronavirus, Henry Olson, Washington Post, March 19, 2020

Arlington Officials Scramble to Rethink Budget, Urge Additional Action from State, ARLNow,  March 19, 2020.  This article contains an excellent pie chart of county revenue sources and discusses impact of coronavirus on the budget.

Preserving Affordable Housing, Haiston Wills, Washington Post, March 19, 2020

Are NoVA Hospitals Prepared for Coronavirus Surge?  Mark Hand,, March 18, 2020

Making Room:  Invest in Arlington's Affordability Jane Green, ARLNow, March 16, 2020

Our Man in Arlington, Charlie Clark, Falls Church News Press, March 6, 2020

Priced Out:  The Persistence of Single-Family Housing, 1A Show, WAMU, March 2, 2020

What Zoning is Really For:  Protect the Public's Space from Special Interests, Op-Ed by Jeffrey Kroessler, New York Daily News, February 29, 2010

School Board Faces $27 Million Gap Despite Rise in Revenue, Vernon Riley, ARLNow, February 28, 2020

ASF  Peter's Take Stream Restoration Design Flaws Persist at Donaldson Run, Peter Rousselot, ARLNow, February 26, 2020

'Upzoning' in Arlington Would Threaten Green Space, letter to the editor by Rick Epstein, Washington Post, February 21, 2020

ASF   Arlington Can't Afford the Downsides of Added Density, letter to the editor by ASF member Margie Bell, Washington Post, February 14, 2020 

Arlington is Moving Closer to a Carbon-Free Future, John Seymour, Washington Post Opinion, February 14, 2020

Arlington County School Leaders Sign Off on Divisive Plan to Move School Boundaries, Debbie Truong, WAMU, February 10, 2020

ASF  Transportation Commission Butts Heads Over Density in Missing Middle Study, Vernon Miles, ARLNow, February 10, 2020.  ASF mentioned in the context of Arlington County Transportation Commission questioning whether new Missing Middle plan will address affordability in housing. 

In Arlington, Overcrowding May Force Schools to Move, Debbie Truong, WAMU, February 5, 2020

Affordable Housing Legislation in Richmond Well-Meaning but Misses Mark, James Cullum, ALXNow, February 3, 2020

Making Room:  Who's Afraid of the Duplex, Jane Green, ARLNow, February 3, 2020

Housing Density Matters for Affordability and the Environment, Brianne Nadeau, Ibraheem Samirah, Vaughn Stewart, the Washington Post, January 31, 2020

We Don't Need to Just Plant Trees.  We Also Need to Take Care of Them, Gabriel Popkin, the Washington Post, January 30, 2020 

What's Next:  Infrastructure-Based Growth, Nicole Merlene, ARLNow, January 16, 2020

ASF  Letter: Think upzoning will make homes affordable?  Think again. 

ASF Member Suzanne Sundburg, January 15, 2020, Sun Gazette

Arlington County Ready to Hit the Gas on Lee Highway Transformation Plan, Vernon Miles, ARLNow, January 15, 2020 

ASF  “A Radical Housing Proposal is Forming Strange Political Alliances in Virginia and Maryland,” January 6, 2020, Ally Schweitzer, WAMU Radio, Washington, DC.  An interview on proposals for affordable housing in the DMV, including with Peter Rousselot of ASF.  

ASF Letter: There has to be a better way to provide more housing, Arlington Sun Gazette, January 1, 2020.  In the wake of Arlington County Board's announcement December 17 to study a "missing middle" effort to rezone residential areas of the county, ASF member Anne Bodine wrote a letter mirroring the ASF view that Arlington needs better planning for sustainable growth in the near and long term. 

Oct-Dec 2019

County Board Approves Crystal Houses Development, Kalina Newman, ARLNow, December 16, 2019

Plans to Refine Single-Family Zoning in Arlington Require Scrutiny, Steve Barlas, Sun Gazette, December 11, 2019,

ASF   “Affordable Housing, Flooding, And The Future of Arlington: Two Groups on Opposite Sides Weigh In,” Kalina Newman, ARLNow, November 26, 2019.  Weighing two sides of the issue of adding housing density in Arlington with ASF.

ASF  Charlie Clark, Our Man in Arlington, discusses upzoning including comments from ASF’s Peter Rousselot, October 30, 2019

We Cannot Build Our Way out of Inequality, Andres Rodriquez-Pose, Michael Storper, Voxeu October 2, 2019

Apr-July 2019

After Years of Talk — and Flooding — Arlington Residents Demand Fixes to Storm Drain System, Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, July 13, 2019

‘This is Going to Be All Out of Pocket’ — Residents Drowning in Repair Costs After Floods, ARLNow, July 11, 2019

Jan-March 2019

Peter's Take:  Arlington Drags Feet in Measuring Fiscal Impacts of Development, Peter Rousselot ARLNow, March 27, 2019

The District Has Experienced the Most Intense Gentrification in the Country, Christian Paz, NBC4 News, March 20, 2019.  References the loss to development of 3,000 affordable units in Arlington County as part of regional gentrification in past decades.

Peter’s Take: Moving Arlington Closer to Environmental Sustainability, Peter Rousselot, ARLNow, January 15, 2019.  ASF’s Peter Rousselot outlines ways for Arlington County to improve environmental stewardship in planning and development.


2017 and prior

What Amazon's HQ2 Plan Gets Right:  Move the Jobs to the Workers, Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, September 8, 2017

Sizing Up, Alison Rice, Arlington Magazine, July 20, 2020

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