By Mark Joeckel — When folks are asked to bring up solutions to quicken economic re-development in Arlington, responses typically fall along the lines of: “The city just needs to tear down all ‘those’ apartments!” — “The city needs to clean up East Arlington” — “The city needs to add public transportation.”
You find several consistent themes in those statements. The city needs needs to do it; the project is massive; increased taxes typically increase; and funds will be funneled from several projects into one. And, finally, it will take many years to execute.
What does really work to stimulate economic development?