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Smart discussions about Arlington, Virginia local news with ARLnow's reporting staff, plus interviews with local newsmakers.


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Smart discussions about Arlington, Virginia local news with ARLnow's reporting staff, plus interviews with local newsmakers.






Audrey Clement on election motivations, alleged media bias, and Missing Middle changes

Frequent Arlington County Board candidate Audrey Clement talked with ARLnow editor Scott Brodbeck to talk about her latest unsuccessful run for County Board, her allegations of media bias and age discrimination, Missing Middle zoning changes, proposed changes to Arlington County's governance, and why she keeps running for public office.


Amy McWilliams on small business outlook on Columbia Pike

Deputy Director of the Columbia Pike Partnership Amy McWilliams sat down with ARLnow's James Jarvis to delve into the economic hurdles that these small businesses are still confronting, nearly four years post-pandemic.


Sam Shirazi on what the Nov. 7 election means for Arlington and Virginia

Local political analyst Sam Shirazi sat down with ARLnow's Jo DeVoe to discuss the recent Arlington County and Virginia General Assembly elections, the impact of redistricting, Arlington's political dynamics, and political personalities.


Michael Stiefvater on Arlington's tech industry evolution and its future

Michael Stiefvater, Director of Business Investment at Arlington Economic Development, sat down with ARLnow's James Jarvis to discuss Arlington's emerging tech industry over the last decade and the future outlook for the local tech scene.


"Flood Czar" on the ARLnow comment section and Arlington history

Flood Czar, a pseudonymous and long-standing active participant in our comment section, sat down with ARLnow to discuss the origin and history of the Flood Czar persona and its role in the community, the evolution of the comment section over the years, and the role of ARLnow as a source of information for residents.


Wilma Jones on Plan Langston Boulevard and Halls Hill community history

Wilma Jones, President of the John M. Langston Citizens Association ,sat down with Jo DeVoe to discuss Plan Langston Boulevard, community history, and historic preservation efforts in the Halls Hill neighborhood.


Real estate columnist Eli Tucker on Missing Middle and the state of the Arlington market

Eli Tucker of the Eli Residential Group sat down with ARLnow editor-in-chief Scott Brodbeck to discuss the current state of the Arlington real estate market, in light of high mortgage interest rates, as well as the impacts of new Missing Middle policies and Amazon's HQ2. Eli has been ARLnow's real estate columnist since 2015.


Food-centric revamp nears opening, new study on Arlington solo dwellers, and high school mourns second student loss

Rahmein, Scott, Jo, and James discussed some of the top stories in Arlington for the week ending Sept. 29, 2023. Discussed this week: Revamped, food-centric Crystal City Water Park set to open next week New study sees surge of people living alone in Arlington A $4 million renovation of Ballston Wetlands Park is officially complete — and beavers returned for the occasion Metro 29 Diner reopening after sewer line repairs APS to pause middle school boundary process for one year Big Tony’s Pizzeria & Dive Bar opens in Clarendon, replacing Bronx Pizza UPDATED: Large police response at Yorktown HS after threatening phone call Wakefield High School sees second student death this year


Full stops at crosswalks, Missing Middle in court & cookie stores

Scott, Jo, and James discussed some of the top stories in Arlington for the week ending Sept. 22, 2023. Discussed this week: County poised to require drivers to come to a full stop for pedestrians in crosswalks Cookie purveyor Chip City could open next month in Clarendon Heads up: There’s a flaming pile of trash in the middle of Wilson Blvd Missing teen found by tow driver who previously talked man down from ledge NEW: Judgment in Missing Middle lawsuit likely one month away Arlington man arrested in connection to Lyon Village hit and run Amid shutdown fears, Rep. Don Beyer emotional letters from government workers


Weekly Arlington news discussion for Sept. 15, 2023

Rahmein, Jo, James, and Scott discussed some of the top stories in Arlington for the week ending Sept. 15, 2023. Discussed this week: At long last, Astro Beer Hall to open in Shirlington next Tuesday Covid cases on the rise in Arlington, but so far lower than last year Crystal Drive was closed for several hours yesterday due to utility company accident Cleveland-based ‘loaded fries’ eatery launches delivery-only kitchen near Clarendon Nottingham ‘swing space’ proposal puts cart before horse, says county-wide PTA Morning Poll: How do you feel about duplexes? Arlington art teacher and parent learns to ‘walk with cancer’ after a diagnosis upended her life County Board, community leaders recommend tweaks to strengthen draft Plan Langston Blvd plan


Weekly Arlington news discussion for Sept. 8, 2023

Jo, James and Scott discussed some of the top stories of the week in Arlington as the busier fall news cycle gets started. Discussed this week: Manhunt for escaped D.C. murder suspect underway just across from Arlington Under construction Centurion Lounge at DCA shows new signs of progress Ireland’s Four Courts is planning to reopen this week Some neighbors fought a duplex, and won, as county approves more Missing Middle homes More than half of South Arlington families struggle to afford basic needs Woman cited after car towed with kids inside Arlington has spent $150,000 on fencing at local parks to help quiet the pickleball pop Stick shift foils attempted carjacking in Ballston


Weekly Arlington news discussion 8/25/23 (rehearsal)

Jo, James and Scott discussed some of the top stories of the week in Arlington. It's the late August news doldrums but we still had plenty to talk about. Let us know what you think about this format, as we continue to prepare for the official podcast relaunch. Email feedback to Discussed this week:


Weekly Arlington news discussion 8/18/23 (rehearsal)

We're still rehearsing and testing the format for our revamped ARLnow Podcast, but wanted to give listeners a preview of what we're working on. Jo, James and Scott were joined this week by guest host Rahmein Mostafavi. Let us know what you think... email feedback to Discussed this week:


Rehearsal for a new ARLnow podcast - July 21, 2023

After a multi-year hiatus, ARLnow's podcast is returning. Our first test episode recording turned out pretty well, so we decided to let you listen to it. It starts with a discussion of some local news of the week, then transitions to a discussion about local news reporting and journalism as a career. The episode features ARLnow founder Scott Brodbeck, reporter/editor Jo DeVoe, incoming reporter/editor James Jarvis, and Peter Berlizov, a local high school student who showed up for a tour of our office and got roped into interviewing ARLnow's staff for the podcast. Let us know what you think of this format by emailing!


Talking reopening, tech, and the state of the local economy with Telly Tucker

We talked with Telly Tucker, the new head of Arlington Economic Development, about Friday's reopening, what's going on with the local economy, the plight of small businesses during the pandemic, and the growth of tech companies in Northern Virginia.


Gillian Burgess on coronavirus, bicycling, and the Arlington Way

Why hasn't Arlington closed some streets to cars, to make more room for pedestrians and cyclists? What can be done about overcrowded trails? Should the Arlington Way move mostly online? Those are a few of the things we discussed with Gillian Burgess, a local civic leader and cycling advocate.


Kate Bates of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Last night ARLnow sat down for a fireside chat with Kate Bates, President and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. We discussed the state of the business community during the pandemic, what the future might look like, and the work Kate and the Chamber are doing.


How a new county initiative plans to tackle hunger in Arlington

On April 10, Arlington County announced a new initiative for the coronavirus era: the Cooperative for a Hunger Free Arlington. We talked to those heading the group -- Abby Raphael, Diane Kresh and Amy Maclosky -- about what it is and how they plan to help during these tough times.


Scott Parker on the state of local business in Arlington

The 26 Square Miles podcast is back! At least during the the quarantine. ARLnow's Scott Brodbeck talked with Scott Parker -- of Don Tito, Bash Boxing, Bearded Goat Barber and other local businesses -- about the state of local business in Arlington during the coronavirus pandemic. If you enjoyed this interview, please order from local restaurants and support ARLnow's advertisers 🙏


Ep. 63 - ARLnow Commenter Dave Schutz

Anyone familiar with ARLnow and our corner of the digital media universe knows that we have a prolific comment section. Driving the comment section is a community of regular commenters that has developed over time, and one of the leading voices in that comment community is Dave Schutz. We talked with Dave about the comment community on ARLnow, about our comment moderation, and about his opinions on various topics.