Census 2020 in Crystal City

In the midst of all the news about the virus, don’t forget to send in your response to the  2020 Census now. Now that we’re all supposed to be locked down, there’s really no excuse, even if there’s a delay because you have to send it in by mail. 

Between March 12-20, Arlingtonians and others will receive official Census Bureau mail that incudes an invitation with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online.  Responding online is strongly recommended.  A second option will be to respond by phone; a third option is by a paper questionnaire.  NOTE:  To complete the Census questionnaire online, you will need Your Census ID included in the invitation letter sent to you in the mail.  

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation.  Tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone living in your home.  As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population.  The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how much federal money Arlington, our neighboring communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other states will receive every year for the next decade. These funds shape the future of roads and transportation, local schools, health care, housing assistance for older adults, fire prevention, wildlife in our parks, and much more.  The data also helps determine the number of seats Virginia has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the past, the 22202 zip-code area has been notoriously undercounted.  Everyone’s participation in 2020 can change that.

Livability Framework: Housing Affordability Workshop #2

In our first Housing Affordability Workshop, we focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.

On March 7, we will hold our second workshop on Housing Affordability in the 2202, focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.

Participants in this second workshop, who need not have attended the first, will learn about the tools available to address housing issues and coalesce around which ones we wish to advocate for. We will hear from experts, such as representatives from JBG, Arlington County and the Alliance for Housing Solutions, and then work together to find common ground.

Sat. March 7, 1:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Calvary Methodist Church
2315 S Grant Street

You can read more about the Livability 22202 Action Plan at http://livability22202.org/

Mark Your Calendar: Important 2020 Census Dates

March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.

March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.

March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.

April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.

April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.

May 13-July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.

July Newsletter is Out!

The July Newsletter is hot off the presses. A few things to note:

1.  Livabiility Framework:  Be sure to read about the “Livability Framework” that the leadership of Crystal City, Aurora Highlands and Arlington Ridge Civic Associations coordinated to develop.  This document articulates a vision for an integrated, holistic approach to achieving a highly livable community across our diverse neighborhoods and defines a set of livability themes and specific elements.   The goal is to encourage a collaborative engagement among residents, the County, developers, property owners and businesses and other organizations to develop and implement an integrated holistic approach to achieving livability across our community.  This will be the subject of our September 12 meeting with county board members Christian Dorsey and Libby Garvey.

2.  Arlington County Community Meeting on MetPark Phases 6-8: Arlington County will hold an introductory community meeting July 10 from 7-8:30 pm to kick off the review process for the proposed Met Park Phases 6-8 site plan, which is the location for Amazon’s first phase of new development in the County. Interested stakeholders and community members will receive information about the proposed development, planning background, and an explanation of how the review process will work. Staff from various County departments along with the applicant will be available to answer questions.  Location is the Trades Center – Park Operations Building at 2700 S. Taylor St.   check back here for details.   While seating is not limited, RSVP to help in planning.

April 3rd Meeting Reminder

CCCA Meeting on April 3rd with an Amazon Representative will be the first official opportunity for Amazon to introduce themselves to the residents of Crystal City. Because of the strong interest in this meeting, it is going to be held in a larger venue at the Westin Hotel. Additionally, because of the high levels of attendance, we must remind everyone that this is a private, civic association meeting limited to the residents of Crystal City, Pentagon City, Aurora Highlands, and Arlington Ridge. Any guests will need to be approved in advance by contacting the [email protected]

CCCA Annual Meeting and Elections: November 29

Have you wondered about the buzz of Crystal City “taking off”?  Come hear Tracy Gabriel, Executive Director of the Crystal City Business Improvement Development (BID), show us what the new strategic plan for the Future Cities Project Area (Crystal City/Pentagon City/Potomac Yard) will be.

We will also hold elections for CCCA officers, as described below.

Same time (7-9 pm)  and same location (1805 Crystal Park Condominium community room).