Arlington County is at an inflection point.
And right now, the county staff is running a very choreographed campaign to push the county in a direction that many of us do not agree with and, in many ways, loathe. We have tried being good citizen partners- attending meetings, sharing ideas, finding best practices, analyzing data, and working behind the scenes to find a more tenable, sustainable and fiscally responsible path forward. We tried the “Arlington Way” of citizen engagement and adding our expertise. When that didn’t work many tried a more aggressive approach of letters to the editor, proof points of why processes and policies aren’t working, and tried putting pressure through state or other political means – and still we are thwarted and dismissed even though a majority of citizens agreed.
A lot of the time, this is lonely work and the county has made individuals or small groups feel like they are complete outliers.
However, we think that this may be a divide and conquer approach. We aren’t alone and you are fighting for a better, different future, too.
This website is a centralized repository
- of strategies that haven’t worked,
- to identify patterns of staff, elected officials, special interests and volunteer behaviors, and
- to show fellow Arlingtonians that they aren’t alone, but to keep up the fight.