MILITARY IRONY

Without considering the jobs/housing balance of its “economy and security” moves, the military is planning to shift a lot of jobs from Greater South Arlington to Fort Belvoir in Greater Lorton/Southeastern Fairfax.

Unless the military changes their historic practice and current plans, Rummy and friends are in for unpleasant news. As we suggest in “METRO Ills and Base Closings” at db4.dev.baconsrebellion.com it is in the interest of the communities, municipal governments, Commonwealth and the feds, especially the military, to fundamentally change their approach.

The first notice of bad news in now in. It takes no special insight to understand that just moving jobs to Fort Belvoir will heighten pressure for more scattered housing in the I-95 corridor. With Stafford shifting perspectives on growth, the next logical location is in southern Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties.

Guess what? That is just what is in the works. And guess who is saying that is a bad idea? The military at Fort A. P. Hill. They want to keep the non-urban context of the base to support the planned use of Fort A. P. Hill.

Well Rummy’s World: you can have this or that, not this and that. There is plenty of room for and many reasons to crate jobs/housing/services/recreation/amenity balance in both Greater South Arlington and in Greater Lorton/Southeastern Fairfax.

It will take intelligent, coordinated federal, state, regional and municipal action and broad private and citizen participation to create a good result.
It would seem the military would jump at the chance to win one. Perhaps Lt. Col Mis could call Rummy…

EMR


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  1. E M Risse Avatar
    E M Risse

    One further thought:

    Did I not read a comment by a spokesperson for Fort Belvoir saying “what happens off-post is not our concern?” Guess what major/lt. col/col, you will not make starts with that sort of thinking.

    EMR

  2. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    Nobody ever said the army’s right hand knew what the army’s left hand was doing. However your posts raises some interesting points.

    The Army wants to keep the non-urban context of the base to support the planned use of Fort A. P. Hill. In other words they want to control the use of land that they don’t own, for their own benefit. Now, the people who have owned land around Fort A.P. Hill for generations can hardly be described as land speculators. Patient investors would be a more apt description.

    Now that their ability to make something of their land is finally on the horizon, is the Army proposing to indemnify them for co-opting their opportunities?

    There is plenty of room for and many reasons to cerate jobs/housing/services/recreation/amenity balance in both Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties. Not the least of these is relieving the congestion pressure in Arlington and Shirlington.

    It will take intelligent, coordinated federal, state, regional and municipal action and broad private and citizen participation to create a good result. A good result is defined, in my opinion, as one where some win and no one gets hurt. If the military jumps at the chance to win one, then you can bet that private and citizen participation will get stepped on in the process.

    It might well be that the army’s right hand considered the savings from moving to Belvoir without considering the costs to the army’s left hand at A. P. Hill. And that is just one organization. The idea that state regional local and private concerns can be addressed fairly by some grandiose planning scheme in the name of achieving balance is just a joke.

    Flux is the name of the game, and that is the one thing that will never change.

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