Do You Want a 9-Story Neighbor?

Misleading flyers are being circulated to drum up opposition to a mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the East Falls Church area of Arlington, VA., says Michael Perkins. His answer to the flyer's question? Yes.

Perkins talks about the danger of such flyers: "Since the proponents of the development plan bear more of the burden of proof when it comes to advocating change, it is often enough for opponents to raise vague concerns about issues, rather than actually prove that there will be a problem."

He says the truth is somewhere in between: "One flyer has a picture of a boxy tower with the caption, "Do you want a 9-story neighbor?" It states that the plan would allow "buildings" up to nine stories. The truth is that the plan would allow one building of up to 9 stories, but only far from houses and in exchange for a significant community benefit. "

Public hearings before the County Board are continuing through the summer.

Full Story: East Falls Church anti-development flyer spreads fear


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