Lots of transit news in the blogosphere lately. But today is St. Patrick's Day, so let's start off with the Shirlington Village Blog Spot: In addition to live music and various drink specials, several Shirlington businesses are getting into the Irish spirit. Caribou Coffee will top your java with green whipped cream. Dogma Bakery & Boutique will offer "bowser beer," green pizza and spinach shamrock treats, and Robeks is offering discounts on four new green smoothies.
And remember: If you have too many pints today, call SoberRide for a free (up to $30 value) cab ride home.
Over at Greater Greater Washington, Canaan Merchant dissects the argument against the Columbia Pike streetcar that it would gentrify the neighborhood. After combing through Arlington County's Columbia Pike Neighborhood Plan — which was approved the same night as a key streetcar vote — he determines that without the plan, all market-rate affordable units along the Pike would disappear regardless of whether a streetcar system is built. Due to Arlington's proximity to Washington, Merchant writes, "Arlington is a very popular place to live."
Speaking of the streetcar, Pike Spotter opines on what it's determined to be a "fatal flaw" in the planning for the system — namely, that it won't connect to the Pentagon, the world's largest office building and one of the busiest transportation hubs in the region. Pike Spotter criticizes the prevailing attitude of the Arlington County Board as "our way or the highway" and one that doesn't lend itself to cooperation with neighboring jurisdictions.
Unsuck DC Metro takes a look at a new Metro survey aimed at Blue Line riders that asks if customers would be willing to take the bus. The blog contends that when the Silver Line goes online later this year, Orange Line riders past East Falls Church "will see their service cut dramatically."
We had several great blog contributions this week via our Local Voices platform on Arlington Patch and Clarendon Patch.
We'd be remiss not to highlight the Arlington Jaycees' effort to recruit new members. The group is holding a happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon. The Jaycees are collecting donations — think travel-size toiletries, new male underwear, new socks or cash — to benefit the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network. If you're under 40, here's a great mid-week chance to grab a drink or three with your fellow young professionals.
Also, Kate Hood posted a rundown of what to expect from this year's production of "Listen to Your Mother," which starts at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Synetic Theater in Crystal City. Click. Read. Listen.
Did you know? Anyone can blog for Patch. On some of our Patches, local bloggers like to post a few paragraphs teasing their own sites and then link out to them. And that's perfectly fine. One of Patch's goals is to be a community hub — and so this this is an effort to showcase some of the contributors to that community.
The following blogroll is a work in progress. We'll be adding to it regularly. Did we miss your favorite? Feel free to suggest local blogs for our list in the comments section below.
Arlington VA Real Estate News | Ashton Heights Civic Association | Barcroft Neighborhood Home Page | BikeArlington | Bitches Who Brunch | Blue Virginia | Clarendon Nights | Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization | DCist | Ghosts of DC | Greater Greater Washington | Mason Center for Social Innovation | Maywood News | Pike Spotter | Shirlington Village Blog Spot | Stop Hitting Your Brother | Ted's Take | Under One Roof | Unsuck DC Metro | And more to come...