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The pot is boiling: Hot hike

Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood on a hot day
Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood on a hot day
James George

Take water with you. There are five hours remaining today before the sky will fall with an expected downpour. It is late afternoon and it was hotter than blazes out there.

Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood
James George

I first checked the Ballston Pond. No ducks; birds are all in the shade with their beaks open. The pond water is low because we have been a few days without rain, and it is congested with plants. Didn’t Arlington County say they would be cleaning up the pond this summer? Time’s a waisting.

The swamp mallows are in bloom, but they are far away from the viewing area in the remotest parts of the pond. The pond is now filled in with plant life with the exception of the channel that was created earlier in the spring to keep the water flowing.

It is now time for another crop of black cherries. The trees are red with them as they are still ripening.

There is a large old home on 11th Street with a big front porch. I would like to be on that porch as I am walking in the sunshine. It looks cool up there. An outdoor thermometer reads 94 degrees.

Further along the Custis Trail there is a nice garden and a fine lounge chair. It is in the full sun.

This is the Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood of Arlington Virginia. They just submitted a conservation plan recently that Arlington County has accepted.

Adding nine new homes on property at the corner of Washington Blvd and George Mason won’t help traffic and it surely reduced the canopy. Someone made a bundle turning a woods into a major home development.

You can’t blame the residents for wanting to restrict traffic flowing through, especially by shortcut seekers. There truly isn’t any shortcut.

The best way to visit this neighborhood is by hiking and biking right on through it.

“Arlington County Board Accepts Updated Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood Conservation Plan
June 14, 2014

NOTE: This was corrected at 3:50 p.m. 06/14/2014 to reflect the correct Board vote.

  • Residents call for safer pedestrian conditions
  • Plan calls for parking restrictions, traffic calming
  • Neighborhood seeks to maintain quiet, residential atmosphere

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today accepted the updated Waycroft-Woodlawn Neighborhood Conservation Plan, allowing the Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association to pursue funding to address speeding and cut-through traffic, improve pedestrian safety, enhance street conditions and make park improvements.
“Neighborhood Conservation give residents an opportunity to set their own priorities for making their neighborhoods safer and more beautiful,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “The Waycroft-Woodlawn residents who participated in this process have demonstrated a commitment to their community by identifying concrete ways to enhance their quality of life.”

The Board voted 5 to 0 to accept the plan.

Key recommendations from the neighborhood include:

  1. Street conditions: Add street lights south of Washington Blvd., improve several intersections’ crosswalks, bury utilities and repair sidewalks and add new ones.
  2. Traffic and parking management: Calm traffic to reduce speeding, use “no-turn” restrictions to discourage cut-through commuting, improve parking management on streets in proximity to local churches and health care facilities.
  3. Enhance Woodlawn Park: Improve maintenance of park infrastructure, trees and plants and amenities.
  4. Land use: Increase the dialog between the civic association and the County about plans for infill development, new street construction and the hospital expansion.

“The plan addresses ways to make our neighborhood stronger, more pedestrian friendly and more beautiful,” said Tracie Morris, President of the Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association (WWCA). “The acceptance of this plan is the culmination of years of planning and hard work by a group of neighbors in the WWCA. Many people volunteered countless number of hours to bring us to this point.”

The Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood

The Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood is northwest of Ballston’s commercial center. This low-density, heavily wooded area is home to more than 1,600 residents. Most of the housing is detached, single-family homes of predominantly Cape Cod and Colonial styles.
The community was developed between 1934 and 1939; following World War II, a second wave of development filled the remaining lots. Anchored by the tranquil Woodlawn Park, Waycroft-Woodlawn is a quiet, pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhood.”

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