Marie Smith and Lewis Gee stand on Smith's S. 12th Street porch in the Arlington View neighborhood. Although the street was empty, it is not odd for people from blocks away to park near her house where there are no parking restrictions, Smith said.
Many streets in the Arlington View neighborhood end in dead ends. Only two streets lead out of the neighborhood, and both exit onto Columbia Pike near Washington Blvd. Neighbors fear increased traffic on a system that is already taxed.
The Carver Homes Co-op has plenty of room to expand. The county's plan for the Arlington View neighborhood allows it to do so. Neighbors worry about the effects on traffic and what new development would do to the the people who live there and to the neighborhood in general.
In the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan, the Arlington View Terrace apartments could gain a floor. The owner, AHC, Inc., has no plans to do so, they said. However, neighbors are concerned about more cars and less parking on the streets.
The Sheraton National Hotel overshadows the rest of the Foxcroft Heights neighborhood. Built in the 1970s at 16 stories high next to residences, it would not get approval if it was applied for today, planners and county staff have said.
The Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan calls for increased heights and mixed use buildings along the Pike. Planners were trying to step down development in Foxcroft Heights from the too-tall Sheraton National Hotel to the residential neighborhood.
S. Southgate Road, at right, forms the northern border of the Foxcroft neighborhood and leads to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Traffic to the base often runs through the neighborhood streets, especially S. Orme Street.