CCCA April Newsletter

This has been a hard month for us all. But it’s times like these when we can truly pull together as a community–even if we have to keep six feet between us at all times.

Life in the time of Coronavirus:  The allusion to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ 1985 novel “Life in the Time of Cholera” is apt right now.  The news is all COVID-19.  I hope you are all keeping well in this time of crisis.  Will things ever be normal again?  We can expect that life will be different for us–just as it was after 9/11–once the first wave of the virus has passed.  But keeping in mind the flu of 1918, we need to prepare for the second wave (likely in Fall) and the third (likely next Spring).  Keep your guard and your hopes up.  By June, we may know better where things are headed.  Please note that we are keeping up a constant barrage of information about COVID-19 on our Facebook page and Nextdoor.com for Crystal City–which are much easier and faster than other means of communication.  Since many of you don’t follow either of these, the Newsletter this month includes a number of web sites and phone numbers for getting information and help during this time.

All CCCA Meetings and Workshops are canceled and will be rescheduled when possible  Please stay safe. We look forward to starting up our meetings and seeing you again on the other side of the crisis.

Just a few notes:

1.  Census 2020:  April 1 is the day for the count!  As of March 31, Crystal City was at a 36.6% response  rate, whereas Arlington County overall was at 43.8%.  If you haven’t yet responded, please do so ASAP–by internet, phone, or mail.  

2.  AFAC Food Drive:  Following on the great success of the three civic associations in gathering food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on  March 21, we have partnered with the Crystal City (aka National Landing) BID, Flare Rides, and a number of property managers to participate in an indefinite collection of food.  All  multifamily apartment and condo building managers  were contacted a week ago and asked to put out AFAC food donation boxes and eight responded positively.  See the list in the Newsletter.  If your building isn’t participating, you might ask your property manager about doing so.  While many of us in Crystal City “may” be doing ok, a lot of others in the County are not.  Food donations to AFAC from grocery stores have dried up as folks have stocked up and emptied the shelves.  AFAC needs our help in order to help others who are not so privileged.

3.  GAO Surveys on Airport and Helicopter Noise:  The U.S. Government Accountability Office, the audit and review agency of Congress, is currently conducting two studies related to aircraft activity and potential noise in the D.C. area.  The first study focuses on Washington Reagan National Airport’s perimeter rule and is examining how this rule affects air service and at other local airports and aircraft noise, among other topics.  The second study is a review of helicopter activity and noise in the D.C. area, including an examination of potential strategies for addressing helicopter noise in the area.  They are interviewing a variety of civic associations and community groups on these topics and the impact in their neighborhoods, and have scheduled a teleconference for the CCCA on April 15 from 11-12 noon.  They have provided a questionnaire in advance to take a survey of concerns and experiences of Crystal City residents.  I would welcome anyone who would like to participate in this teleconference.  At a minimum, I would greatly appreciate receiving your input on this questionnaire which you can send to my email address directly by April 13:  [email protected].  

Your President
Carol Fuller

READ THE NEWSLETTER HERE.

3 Local Civic Associations Host Successful Special Food Drive

Amazing work yesterday by our remarkable wonderful community. 824lbs of food delivered to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) three location, 3 hours and smiles that were easy to see from 6 ft away. Aurora Highlands Civic Association FlareRide Crystal City Civic Associationstay tuned to SustainableScoop and find out how to set up your own #mobilefooddrive Arlington Neighbors Helping Each Other Through COVID-19

March Newsletter is Out!

There’s a lot going on in our neighborhood. 

Here are some highlights:

1.  Livability Framework Workshops:

Open Space February 22:  We had about 70 participants for a very productive workshop at the Crystal City Marriott on four topics:  1)  Re-envisioning Virginia Highlands Park as the backyard for the Pentagon City community; 2) Developing a holistic approach to planning Crystal City Parks; 3) Connecting residents to the natural world and enhancing biodiversity throughout 22202 green spaces; and 4) Planning a publicly accessible greenway from Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary along the railroad tracks to the southern end of Crystal City.  With a combination of walking tours and table top discussions, as well as some personal experiences with nature, parks, and open space planning, we covered a lot of ground. A summary will be available in a few weeks.

Housing Affordability #2 March 7:  The invitation is out by email and on our website and Facebook page for the second round to on Saturday March 7th, at Calvary Methodist Church on S. 23rd St. to determine the 22202 agenda for housing.  This is the second of two workshops led by and for community members wishing to better understand and influence the issue of housing affordability. Given both Amazon’s arrival and pre-existing trends, as well as ongoing county and state policy initiatives, housing is changing fast and our voices need to be part of the discussion.  The first workshop (summary here) focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.  If interested, you can also see Michelle Winters presentation on housing needs here.  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.  Registration will begin at 1:45 pm and the workshop will start promptly at 2 pm and run to 5:30pm. It will be held at Calvary Methodist Church, 2315 S Grant St.  Please RSVP to attend.

CC Underground/Community Facilities March 28:  Invitations will be sent out soon.
Route 1/East-West Corridor April 18:  In planning stage.
 

2.  Capital Improvement Plan (CIP):  The County has just launched its next two-year Capital Improvement Plan survey. As part of this year’s budget season, you’re invited to share your input on capital priorities for Arlington County Government. Where should the County make investments? Which types of projects top your list? (Note: This is not/not the operating budget.)  Obviously, if you attended our Livability Framework Open Space workshop on Saturday February 22, you saw lots of ideas for how we can make our parks and open space more natural and user friendly. For Crystal City, our top priorities are for the 18th Street and Center parks, along with funding for a redesign of 15th Street. Aurora Highlands is interested in a master plan for Virginia Highlands Park. The survey doesn’t ask for that kind of information specifically at this point, but it does ask what your general priorities are for funding capital projects and Open Space figures in it a great deal. Be sure to respond.  
There is also a public forum scheduled for March 19, but you have to RSVP by March 13 since space is limited.

3.  Census:  Mark Your Calendar for 2020 Census Dates.  It’s important to be counted.

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.

4.  Democratic Primary March 3: And of course, don’t forget to vote.  You’ll see lots of CCCA faces at the polls.

Your President
Carol Fuller

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.

Did you miss January’s Livability Framework Workshop?

In January, the civic associations of 22202 hosted our first successful Livability Framework Workshop on housing. Neighbors came together to share stories, workshop solutions, and formulate paths forward.

If you couldn’t make the first Livability Framework workshop, there are four more workshops coming. The next is:

Livability Framework: Open Space Workshop
Sat. Feb 22, 9am – 3pm
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Richmond Hwy

Click here for more information or to RSVP.

A Successful Crystal City Renter’s Happy Hour

Nearly 100 renters attended this first-ever Crystal City Renter’s Happy Hour, co-hosted by the Crystal City BID.

A brief program included remarks from the CCCA President, Census representativs, Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol, the Crystal City BID, and JBG Smith (which graciously volunteered their marketing center as a venue).

But more importantly, renters and neighbors came together to talk, engage with leaders, and give input into their community.

Couldn’t make it to this event? Don’t worry, we’ll have more. Keep an eye out for future events.

Check out news coverage of the event at WAMU.

If you want more ways to be involved, sign up for our upcoming Livability Framework Open Space Workshop on Saturday, February 22nd.

Report Scooter and Micro-Mobility Device Violations

On Nov. 16, 2019, the County Board adopted regulations for Micro-Mobility Devices that allow their use on sidewalks (with limitations), trails, and bike lanes, unless specifically signed or marked otherwise. 

Starting in late February 2020, new signage prohibiting sidewalk-riding will be installed next to protected bicycle lanes. When a protected bike lane is available in the same direction of travel, shared e-scooter and e-bike riders must use it instead of the sidewalk. (Find out more about these policies here)

If you wish to report an issue about a Shared Micro-Mobility Device in Arlington, contact information for each operator is listed below. Operators can usually resolve an issue quickly, but if an issue is not resolved in a timely or satisfactory manner, email [email protected].

Operators:

  1. Bird (e-scooters): 866-205-2442 or [email protected]
  2. JUMP (e-scooters): 844-505-9155 / (e-bikes): 833-300-6106; online request form
  3. Lime (e-scooters): 888-546-3345 or online request form
  4. Lyft (e-scooters): 628-230-0317 or [email protected]
  5. Razor (e-scooters): 833-5278-6453, [email protected]
  6. Skip (e-scooters): 844-929-2687 and [email protected]
  7. Spin (e-scooters): 888-262-5189 or [email protected]

February Newsletter is Out!

This is a friendly reminder – if you haven’t paid your $10 Annual Dues for 2020, this is the last Newsletter you will receive.  Please renew on our website by PayPal or send a check to our Treasurer.  We don’t want to lose you!

1.  Livability Framework Workshops:  We will now be conducting a series of charette workshops groups of about 40 to develop a community vision on key elements in the Livability Framework Action Plan.  The January 14th 3-CA meeting was the “launch” of this process.  We will be discussing specific policies we might bring to the County Board and other entities and provide input to the County’s budget process (the CIP).
January 25: Housing Affordability #1:  We had a very successful first housing workshop.  We are working with our neighboring civic groups to develop community-led solutions for housing affordability as #AmazonHQ2 arrives.
Our hope is to unite renters and owners, single-family and multi-family, and neighbors of all walks of life with a shared understanding and vision on this important issue that is key to the future of our community and broader economy. Thanks to attendees, co-organizers, and partner/presenter Michelle Winters for being with us.

Here are the dates for the remainder of the Housing Workshops:
February 22: Open Space (in planning stages):  Venue:  Crystal City Marriott Hotel
March 7: Housing Affordability workshop #2
March 28: Future of the Underground/Community Facilities
April 18: Route 1/East-West Connectivity

2.  A Successful Joint Civic Associations Meeting January 14:  What a great meeting we had.  About 220 people turned out January 14 to learn about the Livability Framework created by our three civic associations in 22202 and how we can implement it with developers, businesses like Amazon, and the County.  Read more in the Newsletter and get the links to the presentations.

3.  Crystal City Renters Happy Hour Meetup:  Co-hosted by the Crystal City Civic Association and Crystal City Business Improvement District, this happy hour is your opportunity to get engaged, get involved, and get a little refreshment in the process. Featuring special remarks from Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board member and former Crystal City resident. Free drinks and light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, February 6th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
JBG National Landing Marketing Center (241 18th St S, Arlington, VA)


Your President,
Carol Fuller