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26 Square Miles - An Arlington Podcast
37 minutes | a year ago
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.
52 minutes | a year ago
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.
38 minutes | a year ago
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.
33 minutes | a year ago
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.
59 minutes | a year ago
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 🙏
55 minutes | 2 years ago
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.
52 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 62 - Chris Slatt Talks Transportation
We talked to Arlington Transportation Commission Chair Chris Slatt about various transportation and bicycling-related topics, with a special focus on Columbia Pike.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 61 - Chef Mike Cordero
Mike Cordero is one of the most prolific restaurateurs in Arlington. He's the man behind local hotspots like Don Tito, The G.O.A.T., Barley Mac and soon -- The Bronson and Taco Rock. Also, you might have seen him cruising the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in his Bentley. We talked with Cordero about his background, the success of his restaurants, the partnerships that helped build that success, and his new concepts.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 60 - Departing ARLnow Editor Alex Koma
On his last day on the job, we sat down with outgoing ARLnow managing editor Alex Koma to talk about Arlington, Amazon, ARLnow, our new editor Airey and a bunch of other topics that don't start with "A."
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 59 - Washington Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Doug Fruehling
As editor-in-chief of the Washington Business Journal, Doug Fruehling has been overseeing coverage of Amazon's forthcoming HQ2 in Arlington. On the latest 26 Square Miles podcast, Fruehling discusses the ramifications of Amazon coming to "National Landing" and how the subscription-based Business Journal has managed to expand its coverage in the face of news industry struggles.
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 58 - Del. Patrick Hope
The state legislature is now in session and among those representing Arlington in Richmond is Del. Patrick Hope (D). In an interview over the phone from his office at the state capital, Hope discussed his decision to refuse donations from Dominion, the state incentives offered to Amazon, his bill to limit solitary confinement in state prisons, why the effort to rename Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington is stalled, and more. And, at the end, Hope surprised us with a very candid answer to the question of whether he's running for reelection this year.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 57 - GMU Researcher Michael Farren on Amazon and Economic Incentives
Amazon's arrival in Arlington has been hailed as a massive boon for the county and the Commonwealth of Virginia. But are the incentives offered to the company worth the economic development benefits it promises to bring? We discussed Amazon and the HQ2 process with Michael Farren, a researcher at GMU's Mercatus Center who studies the effects of government favoritism toward particular businesses.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 56 - Justin Bensan of the Rosslyn BID
Facebook has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, so we checked in with Justin Bensan, Social Communications Specialist at the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, to talk about what's going on in the world of social media. This episode was recorded prior to Amazon's HQ2 announcement, but we asked Justin about what it means for a place like Rosslyn nonetheless.
52 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 55 - Scott Parker and Alex Trakas of BASH Boxing
Local nightlife king Scott Parker is branching into fitness, launching BASH Boxing with fitness instructor and manager Alex Trakas. We asked Parker and Trakas about their new venture and also talked with Scott about the state of the local bar scene and about that time the Washington Capitals brought the Stanley Cup to Don Tito.
60 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 54 - Committee of 100 County Board Debate
ARLnow's Scott Brodbeck moderated a Oct. 10 debate between the two contenders for County Board: independent incumbent John Vihstadt and Democratic challenger Matt de Ferranti. The event was hosted by Arlington's Committee of 100.
54 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 53 - Unsuck DC Metro
The D.C. Metrorail system has been "rebuilding" for years and now has a dedicated stream of funding. On top of that, its general manager just received a big vote of confidence from the Metro board: a new contract and a sizable raise. So why does Metro still kind of suck? On today's 26 Square Miles podcast we talked with the semi-anonymous creator of Unsuck DC Metro, a blog and Twitter account that is perhaps Metro's biggest and most vocal critic. We talked about Paul Wiedefeld's new contract, his adversarial relationship with Metro's main union, the system's new railcars and more -- and tried to arrive at an explanation for why Metro is in its current state.
29 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 52 - 9/11 First Responder Capt. Justin Tirelli
Justin Tirelli is currently an Arlington County Fire Department captain, but 17 years ago he was a rookie firefighter in the ACFD ranks. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Tirelli was responding to a fire call in Rosslyn when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the west side of the Pentagon. As his engine company was diverted to join the massive and heroic emergency response to the terror attack, Tirelli and his fellow firefighters focused on the task at hand -- not realizing that it would change them and the community they served forever. In this special episode of the 26 Square Miles podcast, we talked with Tirelli about what it was like to be a first responder at the Pentagon on that fateful day.
38 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 51 - Long-time Arlington civic leader Jim Pebley
For more than two decades, Jim Pebley worked to make Arlington a better place. Pebley is now retired and last year moved to a more leisurely locale in North Carolina, but not before receiving plenty of plaudits from across the Arlington civic and political spectrum. We decided to check in with Jim, see how he's doing and get his take on the current state of the county. We covered everything from the safety of Reagan National Airport, the cost of school construction, the potential of Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington and why he decided to decamp for elsewhere.
53 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 50 - Democratic County Board Nominee Matt de Ferranti
Matt de Ferranti, the Democratic nominee challenging John Vihstadt for a spot on the County Board this fall, discusses his vision for Arlington's economy, his view on the potential fallout from Amazon's arrival, the politics behind the 2018 race and more.
48 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 49 - Political Consultant Ben Tribbett
Political strategist Ben Tribbett joined us on this week's podcast to talk about local, state and national politics -- and a bit of sports betting.
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