Digital eCheckup

Arlington County has launched a broadband study to better understand our community’s internet use and access. As  part of this work, we’re asking residents and businesses to participate in a digital eCheckup. It is critical that we hear from those who may not have adequate access or connectivity so we understand where our gaps are. But we also want to hear from those who have strong connectivity and are expert users, so we get a full picture of Arlington’s internet use.

We encourage all Arlington residents to take the Households eCheckup. While taking it at home is best–because of the connection speed check–taking it in a business center, library, or other shared computer is also acceptable.

Agenda for September Meeting

  1. CCCA updates and reminders. 10-15 Minutes

2. Transportation Options without Metro– 10-15 Minutes

Metro is having a ton of construction. What are the alternatives?

3. Marine Corps Marathon (Director) 10- Minutes

4. Update from the Bid on a parklet  10- Minutes

5. JBGS Construction and Permit Update 1 hour

6. General Questions – Rest of time

Open questions. Have something you want answered? We will try to cover any question- even if we have no idea of the correct answer!

CRIME

In Crystal City there has been several events that concern the local community. As a result, the three civic associations wrote a letter to the police department:

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The Response from Captain Scott Linder:

Eric, Kateri and Cory,

Thank you for the letter and for sharing your concerns over recent incidents and crime trends in your neighborhoods.  I have asked our Crime Analysis Unit to provide me with up to date crime stats in your neighborhoods for this year and for four years prior.  This will help to determine current criminal activity and how it compares to previous years both during and pre-pandemic.  Once I have that information I will provide it to you all for review.  

Although I am sure you are aware of our staffing issues and the recent message that Chief Penn released related to some Service Changes and Reallocation of Resources (https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Departments/Police-Department/Service-Changes-and-Reallocation-of-Resources), the Arlington County Police Department maintains the desire to provide high quality service and to continue developing our partnerships/relationships with the businesses and residents of Arlington.  

As crime happens within the County, we take a multi-pronged approach to stopping, solving and preventing criminal activity.  For instance, when trends are observed, our Media Office and the Community Engagement Division through social media (Twitter, Facebook, emails, NextDoor) will notify the public of the types of crimes, locations and certain tips to help residents to reduce their potential for becoming a victim.   Additionally, patrols (both visible and non-visible) are increased in these areas to provide a visible deterrent, protect the citizens and to stop the crimes in progress.   Decoy vehicles and signage may also be deployed as additional visible and educational components to try and limit criminal activity.   

At the same time, our Crime Analysts utilize data to identify any discernable pattern related to these crimes.  The Criminal Investigation Division works with our Crime Analysts, reviews reports, checks with regional and federal partners in an effort to identify suspects and physical evidence that can lead us to potential arrests and case closures.   

Of course, the ultimate goal is to have no crime in the first place.  Unfortunately, Arlington is a highly populated urban area where a certain amount of crime is inevitable.  We can work together by trying to limit the amount of these crimes by continuing to educate the residents related to security of homes, vehicles and their person.   We continue to do this through attendance at Civic Association meetings, providing daily crime reports, sharing crime tips during identified crime trends or expected seasonal trends as well as other educational tools.  

We offer CPTED services (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), both residential and commercial, which identifies safety concerns in and around buildings/houses that can often be minimized with simple changes to the environment (lighting upgrades, bush/tree trimming, lock upgrades etc).  This is a free service the CED offers and can be requested on-line (https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Departments/Police-Department/Community-Engagement).  In addition to CPTED, our Business Outreach Unit and Arlington Restaurant Initiative works with our local businesses and provides training and educational programming to include improving nightlife safety.  The BOU/ARI works with and certifies restaurants all over the county and not just Clarendon. Clarendon just happens to be more visible then other parts of the County related to nightlife activity.  

Again,  thank you for the letter and I look forward to speaking with you once I have received the updates stats.   

Housing Renter Study

The housing workgroup of Livability 22202 is a community, volunteer-run effort in our neighborhood to address unmet housing needs. We know there have been a lot of changes in the past year, especially in terms of cost of living and housing. As development continues, Housing Livability 22202 is curious about your housing and rental experiences, particularly in terms of the cost of living. We will use the results to highlight the pressing need to make sure everyone has access to housing that they can afford. If you are a renter in the 22202 zip code, please consider taking a few minutes to fill out the survey. You can remain completely anonymous if you so choose.

May Meeting Summary

Amazon, Dweck, and Route 1 were on the May 18 CCCA meeting agenda. Patrick Phillippi, Senior Manager of Amazon’s Public Engagement, spoke about Metropolitan Park, currently under construction at 15th and South Fern St. The area will be finished next year and host public facing events such as movie nights and a dog park. Next, Robert Vaughn from Dweck discussed the proposed infill development of two existing surface parking lots off of Eads Street. This will be a LEED gold building with a substantial amount of mix use spaces and family style units. Finally, Sarah Crawford from DES discussed a range of transportation projects including Route 1. The County is attempting to make Crystal City more friendly to pedestrians, cyclists, and users of multi mobility (scooters, electric unicycles, etc.). This is elaborated on in the Master Transportation Plan. There are going to be expected changes coming soon such as paving, utility maintenance, etc. to move towards the multi-mobility goals that Arlington set out. A long term goal is a reconfiguration of the Boundary Channel Drive interchange that crosses I-395 to allow for more multi-mobility.
You can check out projects using the maps below!

https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Projects/Neighborhoods/Crystal-City/Development
This is the interactive map: https://arlgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/7f36c2e84dda44a88d34290309c0edd2

The Dweck and DES presentation slides are below:

2022.05.18-1700-S.-Eads-St.-Overview-CCCA-May-Meeting

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