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Soberman: The hero Arlington needs but doesn’t deserve?

‘Soberman’ Tries to Save Clarendon Bar-Goers from DUIARLnow.com

Suddenly, revelers were met with a most unusual sight — a superhero in a cape and leotard emerging from the Chooser Cruiser. Arlington, meet Soberman.

While his getup produced many laughs, Soberman’s message was serious: don’t drink and drive. Speaking through a police car loudspeaker, Soberman told everyone to have fun and enjoy their adult beverages, but to make a smart choice when trying to get home by using a designated driver, taxi, public transportation or by walking.

For a straight up thug town called Arlington, I can’t decide if Soberman is the hero it deserves, not needs…

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Ben’s Chili Bowl opening location at National Airport in 2014

Half-smoke
Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan NationalThe Post
Ben’s Chili Bowl continues to expand with a location at Washington National Airport scheduled to open in 2014.

The addition of Ben’s is part of an aggressive push by airport officials to revamp concession offerings at both Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports. Along with passenger and airline fees, concessions are a major source of income for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees operations at both airports.

Earlier this month, Ben’s announced it was opening a Rosslyn location in 2014 as well. H Street NE is expected to get a location too, along with Nationals Park and FedEx Field.

Now, there may be some criticism of the expansion — I saw some in Facebook comments, but why should the Ali family limit themselves? Their contributions to the District and U Street in particular are wonderful and no less so if they have additional locations. I’m also on board with more places to get a half-smoke.

According to WTOP, National Airport will be getting several other eateries – American Tap Room, Legal Sea Foods and Pinkberry.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to open Rosslyn location in 2014

Half-smoke
Ben’s Chili Bowl expanding to VirginiaWashington Business Journal
Iconic Washington D.C. half-smoke purveyors Ben’s Chili Bowl is paying to open a location in Rossyln, Arlington County:

Ben’s co-owner Nizam Ben Ali confirms that the restaurant’s ownership has signed a lease for 1725 Wilson Blvd., which is in the shopping center that used to house Ray’s and is still home to Pho 75, Guajillo and Bean Good coffee, among others.

Opening is expected in 2014. There is a location on H Street NE also in the works, but the Rosslyn location is expected to open sooner.

Ben’s Chili Bowl also has stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field, but not Verzion Center, though that’s only two Green Line stops from original U Street location.

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Arlington’s fire hydrant colors explained

Arlington fire hydrant
JOHN KELLY: Why are Arlington’s fire hydrants the colors they are?The Post
Minutia lovers will probably enjoy this Answer Man column about the color scheme of Arlington County fire hydrants.

Having read Answer Man, you are able to ascertain your whereabouts. You know that in Fairfax County, fire hydrants have a silver barrel and a red top, or bonnet. In Alexandria, they have a yellow barrel and white bonnet and outlet caps. The District has green fire hydrants. In Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, they are gray with green bonnets.

You focus your eyes and examine the hydrant. It is yellow with a pale blue top. “Aha!” you say, “I am in Arlington County.”

You would also be in Arlington County if the hydrant had a green top, orange top or red top.

A good look at something that I may not have ever occurred to me. The colors are based on how many gallons a minute will flow out of the hydrant — between 1,000 and 1,500 gpm for the one above.

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Flickr doesn’t know the difference between Alexandria and Arlington

Oh, flickr.

I think it’s great the flickr thinks Arlington County is worthy of Explore, but if they are going to do that, they ought to use a photograph from Arlington. The George Washington Masonic Memorial is located in the city of Alexandria which is adjacent to Arlington and also worthy of Explore.

The great photo shown is this one by user zachstern. It is mapped to the Fairlington neighborhood of Arlington which is obviously inaccurate. There are not any “arlington” tags though. Trust but verify, flickr…

SO, WHILE YOU ARE HERE…

George Washington Masonic Memorial
[flickr : Photos tagged with georgewashingtonmasonicmemorial/slideshow]

Drafthouse at dusk
[flickr : Photos tagged with arlington/slideshow]

Alexandria city seal in wayfinder
[flickr : Photos tagged with alexandria/slideshow]

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I don’t blame Google Maps for having VA 237 wrong

VA 237 sign
My seemingly weekly look at Google Maps errors is a little more sympathetic this week. I recently noticed that Virginia Route 237 is incorrectly marked on Washington Blvd. east of Glebe Road (VA 120). That is an understandable though — VA 237′s actual route doesn’t make any sense.


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VA 237 begins near the Fairfax City border at VA 236 (Main Street). VA 237 travels north up Pickett Road, but I don’t think there are any actual signs for it. Then, at US 50 (Arlington Blvd/Fairfax Blvd), VA 237 turns west for less than half a mile to Fairfax Circle, where it joins US 29 (Lee Highway) north (though more east then north). At that point, signs stat appearing with more regularity. VA 237 used to begin further west in “old town” Fairfax near the VA 236-VA 123 intersections. That route made sense.

After joining US 29, VA 237 is labeled east-west and decently posted (for Northern Virginia at least) through Merrifield and Fairfax County. In Falls Church, the posting isn’t great. The multiplex enters Arlington County just before Interstate 66. There, VA 237 breaks off onto Washington Blvd. for a few miles. At Glebe Road, VA 237 east turns right and joins VA 120 south, contrary to what Google Maps says. The 120/237 continues to Fairfax Drive where VA 237 east turns left. VA 237 then travels through Ballston before switching to 10th Street in Clarendon. This actually makes sense from a through-traveler perspective and there are even a few signs. South of Courthouse, VA 237 ends at US 50.

VA 237 is nonsensical in Fairfax City, redundant in Fairfax County and Falls Church and indirect in Arlington, just a Frankenstein-monster of a road.

My recommendation is to remove most of VA 237 since it is multiplexed or not even posted. I’d have it start at the Fairfax Drive ramp from I-66 east in Ballston and continue on its current routing to US 50 near Courthouse. Put up regular signs and it becomes a useful road. The Washington Blvd. section would be logical extension of VA 27 which is posted on Washington Blvd. east of US 50.

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