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Editor’s NotebookEditor’s Notebook: Paved with good intentions on the Pike

Editor’s Notebook: Paved with good intentions on the Pike

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Another one from the history file, this one going back 80 years ago this week to the end of March, 1941.

It’s a transportation item: Work is set to start on widening Columbia Pike from Route 1 to the Fairfax County line from its current 18 feet to 30 to 40 feet, depending on location.

Total cost? It’s estimated at $275,000, not exactly chump change in the pre-war era, but roughly one-thousandth (actually, even less) than the cost of the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar that was killed off in 2014.

ALSO ON THE COLUMBIA PIKE BEAT: The Sun edition of March 24, 1959, reported that county-government officials were considering rezoning wide swaths of the Columbia Pike corridor, in an effort to boost redevelopment opportunities.

Let’s not forget that when the original plan for the region’s Metro system was announced in ye old 1960s, the Columbia Pike corridor was slated for a transit spur heading from the Pentagon out to Fairfax County. But eventually the planners decided to use that money to extend the line south, rather than west, and Columbia Pike did not get rail service.

DAVE HAS BECOME KING OF THE PHOTO SLIDE SHOWS: Our own Dave Facinoli has been studying and practicing, and you may have noticed lately that we have posted a number of photo slideshows from sports events, taken both by him and by Deb Kolt.

In this new Website system we have, there are a lengthy number of steps involved to get slideshows up and posted on Al Gore’s amazing Internet. But with repetition, it becomes second nature.

– Scott McCaffrey

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