Friday, April 17, 2015

bocce league now rolling in Rosslyn's Gateway Park

Thursday nights at Rosslyn's Gateway Park are now the scene of exciting bocce league play. The league is organized by Capital Bocce and United Social Sports. After the matches, many of the players retire to the nearby Continental Pool Lounge for drinks and food. If you're looking to get some of these athletes' autographs, that's a good place to try to meet them.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

key County Board meeting this Saturday morning

The Arlington County Board is having a public meeting this Saturday morning. With the county budget in difficult shape, the Board will have to make some tough decisions. Among those decisions:
  1. How to build upon the success of Rosslyn's Artisphere. Support is growing to make Artisphere into a magnet school for teaching and exhibiting art and technology. Supporters of Artisphere should continue to engage in creative thinking.
  2. Development plans for Rosslyn's Highlands Park. Friends of Rosslyn Highlands Park are asking supporters to show up at the meeting no later than 8:15am. There's no need to prepare comments, but supporters are asked to wear green.
  3. What to do with Rosslyn's Wilson School. The Board will consider the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) recommendation to give the 1910 Wilson School building historical designation. That would insure that Wilson School isn't demolished in development of the site. Persons concerned about this item should show up for the meeting by 9am.
A strong Rosslyn showing at this Saturday morning's County Board meeting will underscore Rosslyn's importance as the riverfront gateway to Arlington County.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

12th St. roadwork in Ft. Myer Heights EXPLAINED

A couple of days in the past week, 12th St. across from the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Ft. Myers Heights has been closed. Crews are digging into the road surface to switch water service from the 6 inch main to the 12 inch main. The 6 inch main, which is an old pipe, will then be shut off. That will help to avoid a main break like the one that occurred this winter and covered the road in ice.

The small outline trenches indicate areas of pavement that will be dug up. The outlines are cut with a pavement saw so that when the pavement is dug up, the hole has clean, linear edges. Without the pre-cutting, digging would pull up chunks and make an irregular-sized hole.
Maintaining our public infrastructure is an important and complex job. The Ode Street Tribune closely follows the health of local public infrastructure, and you should too.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rosslyn cherry blossoms vistas now spectacular

Last week's raining weather left millions of visitors to the region disappointed with the hazy views of Rosslyn amid the cherry blossoms. But the sky has cleared and now the Rosslyn cherry blossom vistas are spectacular.

Rosslyn was once known for Cherry Smash soda, "our nation's beverage." Now when people think of Rosslyn, they think of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Rosslyn's beautiful skyline clothed in cherry blossoms.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rosslyn Prep Academy now accepting applications

To help insure a bright future for your children, you need to get them into a prep school with a good name. There's no better name than Rosslyn. So why not try to get your children a spot in the Rosslyn Prep Academy? It's now accepting applications from students ages 2.5 to 5 years old.

Rosslyn Prep offers a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program and a Mandarin Immersion Program. It also has an Infant and Toddler Nursery. Rosslyn Prep is located right near downtown Rosslyn.

Credentials are a key to success in the new economy. Rosslyn Prep may become a major entryway for future Rosslyn leaders.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Artisphere constructivist installation exploring riverfront urbanism

The RACA Rosslyn constructivist art installation in front of Artisphere continues to produce fascinating tableaux. In the latest installation, waves in the Potomac are assimilated to the functional materiality of a water-proofed surface. The bridge construct gestures to the controversy over whether Rosslyn is more like Manhattan or San Francisco -- bay bridge or river crossing? The installation shows a waterfront landscape with both a strong connection to the earth and to the urban built environment.

Within the dynamic framing of the art, an earlier installation was both more sparse and more nostalgic within the same theme of waterfront urbanism. You can see debris, but you are also reminded that sand itself, the substance of the beach, is debris of stone.
Rumors have been swirling about Rosslyn that Artisphere, which is now highly successful, is closing. That's too absurd to believe. How could that be? Art will remain at Artisphere. You can count on it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

mysterious trenching on Fairfax Dr.

A road crew cut the surface of Fairfax Dr. from N. Fort Myer Dr. to N. Pierce St., and then up Pierce to Clarendon Blvd. The crew is now filling the cut in. Nothing was placed in the road. That's weird.

On Sunday the Tribune submitted a question about this road work on Arlington's impressive road problem reporting app (see this entry). So far, no information has been provided. The Tribune's investigation is ongoing. All tips welcomed.