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In the News | Jan 2022 to Present

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Apr-Jun 2023


When is Density Good and when is it Harmful to Cities Philip Langdon, CNU, April 27, 2023

ASF Will 'Missing Middle' Housing Fix Arlington's Affordability Problem, Helen Partridge, Arlington Magazine, April 17, 2023

The First 'Missing Middle' Reform of the Year Has Passed. Will It Get Housing Built?  Christian Britschgi, Reason, April 5, 2023


Jan-Mar 2023

Many Arlngtonians are Just Looking for Compromise on Housing Plans, 3 Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2023

ASF After Bruising Debate, Arlington Passes Missing Middle Zoning Change, Margaret Barthel,, March 23, 2023

Our Man in Arlington, Charlie Clark, Falls Church News Leader, March 23, 2023

Debate On Missing Middle Housing Reveals Wide Divisions, Mark Hand, March 23, 2023

Arlington County Passes Missing Middle Plan to Reform Housing, Drew Wilder, NBC4, March 23, 2023 (updated)

Arlington County Board Approves Missing Middle Zoning Plan, Rafael Sanchez-Cruz, WUSA, March 22, 2023

ASF Arlington Ends Single-Family Only Zoning, Teo Armus, the Washington Post, March 22, 2023

Arlington County Board Approves Missing Middle Zoning Changes, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, March 22, 2023

Arlington County Board Carryover Meeting and Missing Middle Vote Discussion by the Board, March 22, 2023

Hundreds Turn Out To Have Say on Missing Middle, Scott McCaffrey, Gazette Leader, March 20, 2023

A $100,000 Salary Feels More Like $50,000, New Study Suggests, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, March 20, 2023


Arlington Community Speaks Out on Missing Middle Plan, Ayesha Khan, FoxNews, March 18, 2023

Ahead of Planned Arlington County Board Vote, New Recommendations Emerge, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, March 17, 2023

Put an End to Single Family Zoning in Arlington, Editorial, Washington Post, March 17, 2023

To Build More Missing Middle Housing, the Devil is in the Details, Teo Armus, the Washington Post, March 16, 2023

Warts and All:  Here Comes Missing Middle, Scott McCaffrey, the Gazette Leader, March 16, 2023

White People Have Flocked Back to City  Centers and Transformed Them, Tara Bahrampour, Marissa Lang, Ted Mellnik, The Washington Post, February 6, 2023

NAACP Alleges Current Missing Middle Plan Could Run Afoul of Fair Housing Laws, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, February 3, 2023

How Backlash Reversed a Florida City's Reforms to Allow Denser Housing, Patrick Spauster, Bloomberg News, February 2, 2023

Arlington Advances Contentious Housing Policy to Build More Multifamily Units, Margaret Barthel, NPR, January 26, 2023

Arlington County Board Gives Green Light to Hearings on Missing Middle, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, January 25, 2023

How NextDoor put Neighbors in a Housing Policy Cage Match, Aaron Gordon, Vice, January 24, 2023

Arlington Advances Contentious Housing Proposal to Build More Multifamily Units, Margaret Barthel, NPR, January 25, 2023

Missing Middle Plan Stirs Up Lengthy Debate at County Board Meeting, Mark Hand, Patch, January 22, 2023

Oct-Dec 2022

Arlington Already Carries a Housing Burden, Opinion, Barbara Taylor, The Washington Post, December 25, 2022

The Homeownership Society Was a Mistake, Jerusalem Demsas, The Atlantic, December 20, 2022

Jair-Lynch Says It Will Consider Deepending Affordability at Barcroft Apartments, Jo DeVoe ARLNow, December 19, 2022

The DC Region Needs More Housing, the Time to Act is Now, Opinion, Washington Post, December 16, 2022

Planning Commission Votes 7-2 to Advertise Hearings on Missing Middle Zoning Proposal, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, December 16 2022

DC Officials Offer Tax Relief to Turn Downtown Offices into Housing, Karina Ellwood, The Washington Post, December 15, 2022

JBG Smith Properties' President David Paul to Step Down, Trvistan Navera, Washington Business Monthly, December 15, 2022

How Eliminating Single-Family Only Zoning will Impact Builders and Developers, Lydia Lee, ss,, December 12, 2022

The Fight Over Single-Family Zoning is also a Fight Over What to Call It, Teo Armus, The Washington Post, December 10, 2022

ASF What the Elections Mean for Missing Middle and Minority Politics in Deep Blue Arlington, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, November 9, 2022

Civic Federation Mulls Slapdown of County Board, Sun Gazette, November 9, 2022

ASF County Board Says Draft Missing Middle Changes Respond to Community's Concerns, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, November 2, 2022

Candidate:  Missing Middle Will Come Out the Winner on Election Day, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, November 2, 2022

Pandemic Led to Sharp Spike in Black, Asian, Latino Home Ownership, Abha Bhattaral, Alyssa Flowers, the Washington Post, November 1, 2022

Portland and Minneapolis Allow "Missing Middle Housing.  So Far, New Construction has been Modest, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, October 31, 2022

Arlington Mulls Hot Missing Middle Issue, Charlie Clark, Falls Church News Press, October 20, 2022

ASF As Housing Prices Soar, A Wealthy County Rethinks the Idea of Suburbia, Teo Armus, The Washington Post, October 14, 2022

ASF Arlington CivFed's Missing Middle Discussion Last Night Required Rules of Engagement, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, October 12, 2022


Jul-Sep 2022

What's at Stake with Arlington's Missing Middle Housing Debate, Michael O'Grady, Washington Post, September 28, 2022

Incumbent Iffy on How Much Missing Middle is Appropriate, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, September 26, 2022

County Leaders Obfuscate in Effort to Get Missing Middle Through, Jon Ware, Sun Gazette, September 21, 2022

County  Board Praises Civil, if Loud Discussion of Missing Middle and the Arlington Way , Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, September 20, 2022

Pets, Park, Pedestrians, Present Problems for Planned Apartment Towers in Crystal City, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, September 19, 2022

County Board to Vote on Height Clarendon Parking Lot Development, Matt Blitz, ARLNow, September 14, 2020

Amazon Intends to Fund More than 1,000 Affordable Housing Units in DC Area, Colleen Grablick,, September 14, 2022

Candidates Square Off on Missing Middle, Safe Schools, Abortion, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, September 7, 2022

Plan Seeks Increasing Urbanization Along Langston Blvd. Corridor, Scott McCaffrey, ARLNow, August 25, 2002

Letter:  More Outreach Needed on Missing Middle, Bill Roos, Sun Gazette, August 24, 2022

Trade Group:  Slow Return to Offies will Cause Pain for the Region, Sun Gazette, August 24, 2022

ASF New Concept Plan for Langston Blvd Shows Sweeping Vision of Greener Corridor with Taller Buildings, August 22, 2022

DC to Provide up to $200,000 to First Time Home Buyers in Hot Housing Market, August 22, 2022

Putting the Squeeze on Public Comment in Arlington? Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, August 19, 2022

The Remote Work Revolution is Already Reshaping the Nation, Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, August 19, 2022

Viewpoint, an FBI HQ Solution Need not Translate into its Demoltion, Shlaome Baranes, Washington Business Journal, August 19, 2022

432-Unit Development On Tap for Site of one of Arlington's Oldest Hotels, Urban Turf, August 18, 2022

Buying a Single-Family Home in Arlington, Virginia is an Exercise in Patience, Cecilie Rohwedder, Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2022

Missing Middle Housing as an Antidote to Redlining, Diana Ionescu, Planetizen, July 29, 2022

Commentary, Everyone will Benefit From Missing Middle Approach to Housing, Joe Jones, Inside NOVA, July 27, 2022

Letter: Missing Middle Proposal is Too Extreme, Jon Wingard, Sun Gazette, July 27, 2022

ASF Report Highlighted by NAACP Supports Missing Middle as a Response to Local Legacy of Redlining, Mavis Chan, ARLNow, July 26, 2022

County Board Discusses Missing Middle Housing Proposal Amid Roiling Community Debate, ARLNow, July 13, 2022

Arlington Board Member Seeks Middle Ground on Missing Middle, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, July 13, 2022

ASF Arlington Residents Face off Over Housing, John Henry, WUSA, July 12, 2022

Tuesday Brings Latest Fork in Missing Middle Road, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, July 11, 2022

Arlington Office Vacancy Rates Continues to Rise Amid Work-From-Home Trend, ARLNow, July 11, 2022

ASF In Arlington, Advocates and Opponents of Missing Middle Face Off, Teo Armus, Washington Post, July 11 2022

What Critics of Diversifying Arlington's Housing Get Wrong, Washington Post Opinion, Emily Hamilton, July 8, 2022

​​Apr-Jun 2022

ASF Deliberation on Major Housing Proposal Enters the Homestretch, Shirley Ruhe, The Arlington Connection, June 30, 2022

Greens Leery of Missing Middle Proposal, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, June 24, 2022

Our Man in Arlington, Charlie Clark, Falls Church News Press, June 24, 2022

Staff:  No Cost-Benfit Analysis for Missing Middle, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, June 23, 2022

County Leaders Keeping Missing Middle Commenters on Tight Leash, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, Jne 23, 2022

Population Estimates, Inner Suburbs Down, Other Areas Up, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, June 22, 2022

ASF Morning Notes, Item on ASF's Letter to the County Board on Plan Langston Boulevard, March 10, 2022

Development, Rents, Transportation Highlight Forum on Columbia Pike, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, February 28, 2022

ASF Duplexes vs. McMansions, What Makes a House Too Big for Neighbors, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, February 24, 2022

Staff Takes Heat as Plan Langston Boulevard Process Rolls On, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, February 21, 2022

Our Man in Arlington, Charlie Clark, Falls Church News Press, February 18, 2022 (discussion with community activists)

Pillaging of Arlington Middle Class Continues, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, February 17, 2022

County Must do More to Stem Tree Loss, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, February 16, 2022

Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States, Updated Mean Projections and Extreme Water Level Probabilities Along U.S. Coastlines, NOAA et al., February 2022

In Amazon's Shadow, Neighbors Dueling over Density, Teo Armus, Washington Post February 11, 2022

Our Man in Arlington, Charlie Clark, Falls Church News Press, February 11, 2022 (consideration of single-family construction)

Statewide Rezoning of Single Family Areas is a Terrible Idea, Christopher Kirk, Seattle Times, February 10, 2022

County Looks to Buy Pike Office Building for $7.6 Million, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, February 10, 2022

Steep Ridership Losses Will Force Changes to Metro Service After Pandemic, Transit Leaders Say, Justin George, Washington, Post, February 9, 2022

County Board Incumbent Makes Re-Election Bid Official, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, February 3, 2022

Intense Winter Weather Leaves County Crews Flooded with Water Main Breaks, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, February 1, 2022

Far Bluer Than Ever, Northern Virginia Confronts Its Shrunken Influence in a Split General Assembly, Teo Armus, The Washigton Post, January 30, 2022

In Clarendon, Silver Diner Project Crystallizes as Sector PlanRevsions Enter Home Stretch, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, January 28, 2022

Arlington Board Iffy on Fast-Tracking Upzoning Measures, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, January 27, 2022

Labor Shortages and Remote Work Likely to Continue Economic Forecasters Say, James Jarvis, Sun Gazette, January 26, 2022

Legislature Should Reject Plan to End Single-Family Zoning, Seattle Times, January 25, 2022

Neighbors Ask County to Reconsider Dense Residential Development Planned for Pentagon City, Jo DeVoe, ARLNow, January 11, 2022

Ask Eli:  2021 Real Estate Market Review, Single Family, Eli Tucker, ARLNow, January 10, 2022

2021 Board Chair Looks Back at Wild Year at the Helm, Scott McCaffrey, Sun Gazette, January 4, 2022

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