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Livability Update November 2020

[ 0 ] November 17, 2020 |

Updates November, 2020


Improvements to Route 1 were part of Arlington County’s agreement with Amazon, with several options discussed in August at a meeting with over 100 neighbors and stakeholders. The next step in this process is a Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) survey that is currently underway, in which residents and users of Route 1 are asked to help shape a study of potential future multimodal improvements between 12th and 23rd Streets South in Crystal City.

“Missing Middle” Study

Key questions to be answered during Arlington County’s study on “Missing Middle” housing are: What housing types are appropriate for Arlington; Where could new types be located; What would the infrastructure and environmental impacts be; How could they be mitigated; How much would new types cost and what impact would that have on Arlington’s housing market. 

Urban Garden Project in Virginia Highlands Park

1600 S. Hayes St.

Pictured: Volunteers work on the new garden

The Friends of Urban Agriculture (FUA) has been working with neighbors from Aurora Highlands Civic Association to create a demonstration urban garden, Highlands Urban Garden (HUG), in Virginia Highlands Park. It is a collaborative project with the National Landing BID, Livability22202, and Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation. Project HUG is revitalizing underused land, showing how otherwise fallow spaces can be transformed into productive land that builds a vibrant ecosystem.

The small-scale garden will demonstrate modern sustainable agricultural practices, and a team of neighborhood volunteers will install, maintain and manage it. As a pilot site, the HUG will serve as a model for future community-driven agriculture features throughout Arlington’s urban neighborhoods.

Virginia Highlands Park Reflects Livability Open Space Initiative

(Pictured at left) Aurora Highlands Civic Association (AHCA) with the help of the County Parks and Recreation Dept. and volunteers has turned the currently under-used Virginia Highlands Park into a community asset with programs for all ages and interests. AHCA persuaded the County to remove some of the walls used to keep in softballs and keep out other users — “The fields were significantly underused relative to other facilities”, they say, “Each field is used for only 600 hours per year, 14% of the time”. With greater casual use over the past 6 months, the space has been used to put into practice the Open Space priority in the Livability Framework, with a public space for art installations, social distance meetups, kite flying, exercising, and play space for families. . Also involved are stakeholders like JBG Smith, the BID, area businesses and restaurants. The need for open space is growing, especially with the imminent influx of new residents in the approved apartments to be built.

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