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County leaders keeping ‘Missing Middle’ commenters on tight leash

Apparently it’s going to be a race to be first in line to sign up for public-comment sessions held at Arlington County Board meetings. Because the current chair, Katie Cristol, seems disinclined to give much leeway to those who want...

Staff: No cost-benefit analysis planned for ‘Missing Middle’

As Arlington leaders move forward on what critics characterize as a war on single-family zoning, staff leading the effort acknowledge there has been no cost-benefit analysis of exactly how such a major zoning change would impact the local government’s...

Editor’s Notebook: Another ‘ready-fire-aim’ moment!

Perhaps the other, lesser members of the Arlington press corps were Zooming in while wearing their jammies and sipping cocoa at home, but yours truly was on the case in person during a busy – nay, “bizzz-ay”! – meeting...

Sierra Club backs ‘Missing Middle’ housing effort

The Potomac River Group of the Sierra Club has weighed in to support having the Arlington government move forward with its proposed “Missing Middle” zoning changes. “The environmental destruction caused by suburban sprawl . . . is well-documented,” the organization...

Editor’s Notebook: Another word considered too vulgar for A-town use

Back in the days of the Journal Newspapers (R.I.P.) we had a young reporter who, among his multiple talents, was able to, despite being a little too young to have lived through the glory days of George Carlin, repeat,...

Sun Gazette editorial: We repeat, the fix is in on housing

Based on our coverage of late, it’s already a case of everyone having gone to his, her (or still undecided) corners and then coming out swinging, pro and con, on Arlington’s “Missing Middle” housing proposal. To cut through the clutter,...

Letter: Where is proof ‘Missing Middle’ will achieve objectives?

Editor: In its draft study of other communities that enacted Missing Middle housing policies, Arlington’s Joint Facilities Advisory Commission concluded: “It was not clear from research that the Missing Middle housing in the jurisdictions researched were able to...

Letter: No more delays in moving ahead on ‘Missing Middle’

Editor: I am glad to see the bold proposals from Arlington government staff in the draft “Framework for Expanding Housing Choice” that is part of the Missing Middle housing study. The proposal, if approved by the County Board later this...

NAACP leadership weighs in to support Missing Middle proposal

They may be at odds – “at war” in the words of one veteran political leader – with the Arlington County Democratic Committee and local elected officials on other issues, but leadership of the Arlington NAACP is lining up...

Tree-advocacy group irked at Arlington housing proposal

A tree-advocacy group believes proposed changes to Arlington housing policy could have a cataclysmic impact on existing tree canopy in the community. “Tell the county ‘no’ – do not enact policies that further reduce our tree canopy,” the Arlington Tree...
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