Thursday, March 26, 2015

Olivia Rodriguez's exquisite mushrooms at Rosslyn's Artisphere

Olivia Rodriquez's exhibit, Hunting Party, on display at Rosslyn's Artisphere through April 19, features exquisite mushrooms as well as a more traumatic installation. That contrast highlights the difference between  sensational if-it-bleeds-it-leads stories and the details of life in Rosslyn.

Rosslyn has massive mushrooms as well as endearing twin mushrooms. Mushroom experts have identified a bewildering number of different mushrooms. Like that slug peering over the edge of the mushroom, the Tribune's journalist believes in the value of sitting and looking at the wonder of the ordinary in Rosslyn.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

bulbs springing up in Rosslyn's famous tulip gardens

Those stories about Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog and his shadow are tabloid trash. For real news, look at the tulip bulbs springing up in Rosslyn Vista Park. They indicate that spring is coming. You can count on that prediction.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

jacked 1975 Chevy Impala hotrod in Rosslyn

This past weekend a lime-green 1975 Chevy Impala was cruising the streets of Rosslyn. This hotrod has a much bigger engine than the 1964 Spitfire race car also seen in Rosslyn. Unfortunately, the Impala had some engine trouble. If you want to avoid that sort of problem, ride a bike.

Artisphere constructivist installation depicts machine pathos

If you went to Rosslyn's Artisphere two week ago, you could have seen this poignant machine duet of feeling the rain. This weekend the site looks like a construction site. That's realism. If you don't go to Artisphere every week and look around with receptive eyes, you're missing art.

Friday, March 20, 2015

County Manager proposing cuts to pedestrian and bicycle programs

The Arlington County manager is proposing cutting $800,000 from the complete streets program and eliminating one of the two county staff working on bike/pedestrian planning. Rosslyn's status as a bicycle trail hub and a great place to take a walk have helped Rosslyn to become one of the greatest places in the world to live. A Rosslyn resident who bike commutes year-round declared, "Those bike/pedestrian cuts are crazy. Figuring out how to better connect Crystal City and Long Bridge Park to Rosslyn for pedestrians and cyclists is an urgent planning need."

Tight economic circumstances may require budget cuts. As a quality new organization, the Ode Street Tribune believes that complaints about specific budget cuts should be matched with proposals for alternate cuts. Instead of the proposed bike/pedestrian budget cuts, the Tribune urges equivalent school spending cuts by reducing school class time and requiring students instead to spend that time walking and cycling together around the community. That would improve students' health, increase their knowledge of civic circumstances, increase social skills, reduce school over-crowding, and reduce the school budget. Trading student classroom sitting time for community walking and cycling time would be a good choice for Arlington.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Friends of Rosslyn Highlands Park rallying

The Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study (WRAPS) for Wilson School and surrounding plots currently proposes to reduce the size of Rosslyn Highlands Park by more than two-thirds. The group Friends of Rosslyn Highlands Park is rallying residents to oppose this development. You can find useful compendium of news and links concerning this effort in the Rosslyn Highlands Park section of the Arlington Parks Coalition website.

The friends have planned a celebration and rally at Rosslyn Highlands Park on Saturday, March 28, from 10am to noon (rain date April 4, same time).  The website also offers other opportunities for activism on this issue.

While the Ode Street Tribune is a staunch proponent of trees, green space, and the wild side of Rosslyn, the Tribune has concerns about an inappropriate narrow vision of Rosslyn. The very name Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study misrepresents the expansive boundaries of the Rosslyn region, properly and imaginatively understood. The Friends of Rosslyn Highlands Park similarly offers a narrow-minded vision of Rosslyn. Just consider this claim:
Rosslyn Highlands Park and the Wilson School play field are the last large contiguous tract of unimproved land in or near Rosslyn.
The Tribune's journalist knows larger and wilder Rosslyn wildlands. If you don't know those wildlands, you don't know what you're missing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rosslyn for young, trendy, and creative

The young and trendy gathered in Rosslyn early this evening for a St. Paddy's Day warm-up of craft beers in the colorful beer garden set up in the 19th and Moore St. park. But what makes Rosslyn so great is the unexpected discoveries. Anyone who came through the Rosslyn metro station about 7pm got to hear the next great Rosslyn music discovery: Minnesota Vaughn singing his heart out with own, original urban folk music. Check out Minnesota Vaughn on SoundCloud, especially his righteous tune "Another Day." With the Ode Street Tribune's unquestionable expertise on the Rosslyn music scene, the Tribune confidently predicts that within a decade Minnesota Vaughn will be playing at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival.