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Arlington's Smart Growth Journey



"Arlington's Smart Growth Journey" is a new documentary film that traces the dramatic history of the past half-century of growth and development in our community.

  • How did Arlington get 11 Metro stops?
  • What risks did leaders and residents take to balance neighborhoods and development? 

"Arlington's Smart Growth Journey" (52 min.) Full program with closed caption option.   
   This tale of political wheeling and dealing, visionary planning, missteps and challenges is a glimpse into the recent history of Arlington, as told by many who were there. 

New! "Smart Growth in Arlington" (11 min.) Short video.
     Arlington County's transit-oriented development over the last 40 years is explained in this 11-minute video.

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A Timeline of Key Events

View a photographic history that traces Arlington's smart growth through the decades.

What Others Are Saying

Bringing Development Into Focus: A Documentary Chronicles the History of Arlington's 'Smart Growth' Planning and the Ascendance of Metro --- By Jerry Markon, Washington Post

"Today, Arlington is a shining example of what citizen engagement, visionary planning, and wise use of scarce resources can do for the livability of a community." ---


Order the DVD

To order a DVD of the full-length documentary, please send a check for $5 made out to Treasurer, Arlington County.

Send payment to:
Arlington Virginia Network (AVN)
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 409
Arlington, VA 22201

Copies are also available for sale at the Arlington County store, inside the Plaza Library at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

More information: e-mail AVN  or call 703-228-3270

Last Modified: July 22, 2012
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