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Hynes Calls State of County 'Strong'

Board Chairman Mary Hynes delivered the "State of the County" address on Tuesday.

Arlington County is a "strong," "economically vibrant" and "safe" community, according to County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes.

Hynes delivered the keynote "State of the County" address Tuesday morning at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Arlington hosted the 11th annual joint breakfast event.

Hynes touched on the county's low crime rate, high achieving public schools and booming business sector.

"If cranes are any measure of economic wealth…we’re doing pretty darn well," she said.

Three challenges the county faces, she said, are the "changing nature and role of the federal government," natural disaster and terrorism theats, and population growth.

Smart planning will help mitigate these potential challenges, Hynes explained. "It is still one of the very best places to live in America."

During a question-and-answer session, Hynes expressed her opinion that the Route 1 streetcar project should not be financed through public obligation bonds.

Peter June 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
County is saddled with massive debt and facing massive future expenses for maintaining and replacing expensive infrastructure.
Janet June 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM
She and the other County Board members are nearing retirement and could care less about who pays for the debt, maintenance, and replacement costs. Their pet advisory commission members are packing up and retiring to low tax dumb growth communities. County Board has the rating agencies fooled, if the rating agencies aren't actually on board with the County Board's tax-borrow-spend Ponzi Scheme.
julie June 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Arlington is no longer one of the best places to live in America. Public and private infrastructure looks increasingly shabby. Older neighborhoods are viewed as 'redevelopment opportunities' and allowed to become run down. Older homes are viewed as 'tear down opportunities' and allowed to deteriorate. New buildings with cheap post-modern architecture aren't maintained and get progressively uglier and dirtier (e.g., Courthouse Plaza, downtown Ballston). Street lighting is generally poor. Miles of brick sidewalks are hazardous to pedestrians. Street medians are populated by drought damaged trees and scraggly patches of grass and dirt. For every well-maintained and beautifully landscaped building there are two used car lots nearby.
Don June 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Too many people are being packed into too little space.
Jeff Miller June 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM
The one-party County Board refuses to allow Arlington residents to vote on the Columbia Pike trolley project - which will cost $250 MILLION and clog traffic, without improving transit. The County Board regularly seeks bond approvals for much smaller projects, but now won't let the public have a vote on Arlington's biggest capital project ever. Their attitude toward the public is beyond arrogance.
Don June 21, 2012 at 09:38 AM
You can go to arlingtonva.us and sign up on line to speak at the CIP public hearing on June 26th. I also oppose the streetcar option and want an articulated bus like the Wright articulated bus, aka ACE bus, that's so successful in Las Vegas.
angel rivero August 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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