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VDOT releases 1949 footage of US 29 in Arlington

us29_va_old_tinyThe Virginia Department of Transportation found footage of US 29 (Lee Highway) from Key Bridge to Cherrydale filmed in 1949. VDOT recreated the same drive and combined that and the 1949 footage into one video and posted it on youtube:

us211_va_old_tinyThe 1949 footage isn’t perfect, but still gives an idea of post-WWII Arlington County. Streetcars are visible and along with the billboards that faced Georgetown at the Virginia end of Key Bridge. It’s also noteworthy that there are two US 29 signs visible, but not US 211 which was officially multiplexed with US 29 until 1980 according to the Virginia Highways Project when it was officially truncated at Warrenton. I had previously heard 1984, but I suspect that the completion of Interstate 66 outside the Beltway hastened the demise of US 211 since it was no longer than only continuous route number from the Shenandoah Valley to Washington, D.C. This video suggests that the predecessor agency of VDOT and/or Arlington County was disinterested in the US 211 designation near Washington in that designation long before it was technically removed.

In the last frame, beyond the intersection of Kirkwood Road, is a trestle for the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. That right-of-way would later be used for Interstate 66, completed in 1982 and the Custis Trail, BeltwayLand’s most challenging bicycle path. Starting that year, the intersection with Kirkwood Road was also the northern terminus of the George Washington Memorial Parkway according to Steve Anderson’s dcroads.net. Since 1959, that part of the GW Parkway has been a spur called Spout Run Parkway.

Highway markers from Shields Up!

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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

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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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