Thursday, May 28, 2015

Verizon Fios required to be available for everyone in Rosslyn by June 2016

Under the franchise agreement between Arlington County and Verizon, Verizon is required to make Fios available to everyone in Arlington by June 2016. According to the Cable Administrator’s Report presented to the Arlington Information Technology Advisory Commission tonight, Fios currently reaches 92.6% of the County. Buildout is continuing in Crystal City, Barcroft, and Alexandria wirecenters.

Nonetheless, Rosslyn's historically important Westmoreland Terrace Condominiums still lacks Fios availability.Westmoreland Condos signed a license agreement for Fios with Verizon in the spring of 2008. Verizon has not followed up on that agreement. Fios is still not available to Westmoreland residents.

The Ode Street Tribune is investigating this matter further. The Tribune seeks reports from other Rosslyn residents also lacking Fios service.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

move your body in Rosslyn

This Saturday and Sunday, American Parkour's 10th Annual Beast Coast Jam will bring athletes from all over the world to move around Rosslyn's Gateway Park. The event will also include information and instructions for persons interested in getting into parkour.

Here are some other opportunities for getting moving in Rosslyn:
  1. Boot Camp high-intensity interval training. May 27- July 1; July 27 - Sept. 2. Monday and Wednesday, 6pm-7pm and Sat. 9:30am to 10:30am.
  2. Yoga Hikes. Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 + July 4, 11, 18, 25 10:00am - 11:30am.
  3. Lava Barre. Wednesdays in May, June, and July, 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
All these events will meet in Rosslyn's Gateway Park.You need to sign up to attend. Follow the link to sign up.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mark Everson: Rosslyn pivotal to rise of presidential candidate

In 1986, Mark Everson chose to move from Cleveland Circle to Rosslyn. He and his wife wanted an easier commute to their government jobs and a more scenic location to live. Everson's move to Rosslyn led to his impressive government career, first as chief operating officer for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and then Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Shouldering the crushing responsibility of running these large organizations depends on having a comfortable, enjoyable, and relaxing home life. Living in Rosslyn provided Mark Everson with that home life.

Mark Everson is now a candidate for U.S. President. He has put forward a six-point plan for making America better:
  1. Taxes: reform rules so that the majority of Americans don't have to file taxes.
  2. Banks: tighten enforcement of laws on banks.
  3. National Security: reinstate mandatory national service.
  4. Spending: means-test entitlement programs, including social security, to limit growth of debt ratio.
  5. Immigration: provide a path to citizenship to everyone here and work to secure borders.
  6. Presidency: pledges to serve only one term and seek a constitutional amendment limiting future presidents to one five or six year term.
In a recent interview with the Ode Street Tribune, Mark Everson said that the most important message he wants to send to Rosslyn residents is "Take a look at me. I'm not a political insider. Consider something different."

Rosslyn's importance in the upcoming U.S. presidential election is already beyond doubt. Among announced candidates, Mark Everson and Jim Webb have lived in Rosslyn or currently live in Rosslyn. In the coming year and half before the election, expect other candidates to seek to establish Rosslyn credentials. All politics is local politics, and no locality is more important than Rosslyn.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Draft Rosslyn Sector Plan offers spectacular vision

The Draft Rosslyn Sector Plan is ready for public review. The plan makes clear that Rosslyn's pre-eminent regional position in 1869 isn't merely history. Rosslyn's future will be even more spectacular than its past. Some highlights of the Draft Rosslyn Sector Plan:
  1. N. Fort Myer Drive, N. Lynn Street, and N. Kent Street will be converted from one-way to two-way operation. This will also include removing the N. Fort Myer Drive tunnel beneath Wilson Boulevard.
  2. The 18th Street corridor will be extended to run from N. Oak Street to Arlington Ridge Road. The corridor will create a new central spine for Rosslyn and feature a host of new public spaces.
  3. A riverfront Esplanade will be established. It will be a landscaped, multiuse pathway along Rosslyn’s eastern and northern edges overlooking the Potomac River corridor landscape. It will extend from Gateway Park to River Place and ultimately to the Marine Corps War Memorial.
  4. A significant and iconic pedestrian bridge will link a new Esplanade to the Potomac Riverfront near Roosevelt Island.
The Draft Rosslyn Sector Plan is being presented to the Long Range Planning Committee of the Arlington Planning Commission this Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 10pm in 2100 Clarendon Blvd., County Board Room (3rd floor). The public is welcomed to attend the meetings.

Rosslyn House was premiere gathering place in 1869

On June 14, 1869, Rosslyn House celebrated its recent opening as a new luxury hotel and dining place. Rosslyn House was located about where Rosslyn's Safeway is currently located. Rosslyn House was under the proprietorship of Messrs. Sykes and Chadwick, who were also proprietors of Washington's prestigious and historic Willard Hotel.  The Washington Evening Star (a newspaper forefather of the Ode Street Tribune) noted the "singular beauty" of the Rosslyn location. It described Rosslyn as offering the finest panoramic views in the region. It reported that Rosslyn House offered "cool, airy rooms" and attracted eminent guests from across the country, as well leading newspapermen and most of the notables of Washington society.

With the completion of Rosslyn's Central Place, Rosslyn will again offer the finest panoramic views in the region. Rosslyn remains a center of newspapers and other media. As for the notables of Washington society today, we Rosslyn residents know who were are.

This important and little known Rosslyn history has been recovered through the work of John Stanton at the Center for Local History in Arlington Public Library. In response to an urgent request from the Ode Street Tribune for information about Rosslyn House, Mr. Stanton found articles about Rosslyn House in the June 15, 1869, issues of the Alexandria Gazette and the Evening Star. The former brief article mentioned that proprietors Messrs. Sykes and Chadwick were "of Williard's Hotel." The latter article is reproduced in full below. The Ode Street Tribune and all true-spirited Rosslyn residents are grateful for Mr. Stanton's important discovery.

From the front page of the (Washington) Evening Star, June 15, 1869:

ROSSLYN HOUSE -- This suburban retreat situated on the commanding eminence at Rosslyn, Va., opposite Georgetown, was "inaugurated" yesterday by a very pleasant entertainment given by the proprietors, Messrs. Chadwick & Sykes. The first thing in order was a stroll about the grounds; and the guests, embracing gentlemen of note from various parts of the country, expressed no little surprise and delight at the singular beauty of the situation. Of the five most sightly points about Washington, Arlingon Heights, Godd Hope, Soldier's Home, Red Bank (or Pole) Hll, and Roslsyn, the latter has perhaps the finest panoramic sweep, embracing as it does the two District cities, the picturesque valley of the Potomac above Georgetown to Little Falls, and the entire circuit of heights in Maryland and Virginian shores making the rim of the Washington basin.

Nature has done wonders for Rosslyn, and art has supplemented all requisite for the enjoyment of visitors seeking a mouthful of fresh air, (followed by something more substantial), at a point not too far distance from the city. The Rosslyn House has been fitted up in the cosiest style imaginable, with cool, airy rooms looking out upon delightful views, and the whole is under the genial and experienced superintendence of Mr. Jame Hendley, late of the Kirkwood House and known all over the country as the prince of landlords. A favorite drive {in horse-drawn carriage} now is that across the Aqueduct bridge to Arlington, returning by the Long Bridge and vice versa, and the  Rosslyn House affords just the desideratum needed in the shape of a "half-way house" for refreshments and relaxation. Among the guests yesterday at Rosslyn were Hon. M.S. Wilkenson of Minnesota; Hon M. Claflin of New York; Hon R. J. Haldeman of Pennsylvania, a full representation of leading newspaper men now in Washington, and most of the notables of Washington society.