Columbia Pike Neighbors:
Next week, on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 PM at the Arlington Mill Community Center, Arlington Mill Civic Association will host Victor Hoskins, Director of Arlington’s Office of Economic Development, discussingEconomic Development at the West End of Columbia Pike. You, and interested members of your civic association, are invited to attend.
The Pike Plans envision neighborhood amenities that would appeal to a broad range of mixed incomes. But, over the past 5 years, while much or Arlington has enjoyed an economic boom, Arlington Mill has not shared in this prosperity or become more diverse. In fact, our status as a low income neighborhood seems to have solidified.
Understandably, this is cause for concern. Currently, 23.8% of our neighborhood’s population lives below the poverty level. (For a family of four, the poverty level is $ 24,230 per year.) When a company like Starbucks is thinking of a new location, they will first ask if the neighborhood can support a business where a cup of coffee costs $4. We would like to have a Starbucks, but will they choose our neighborhood?
So, we are very much looking forward to Mr. Hoskins’ presentation to learn about the County’s plan for Economic Development at the West End of Columbia Pike.
Hope to see you there!
Vice President, Arlington Mill Civic Association