This week's episode is a wide-ranging chat with Ethan Rothstein, the former editor of ARLnow.com. Ethan, who's now the East Coast Editor for Bisnow, talks with Scott about what it was like to report for ARLnow. They also discuss the future of Arlington's economy, how everyone seems to hate Advanced Towing, the story behind the million dollar bus stop, the Arlington streetcar saga and the current state of the news business. This is a long episode but is a must-listen for any local news nerds who want to know what happens behind the scenes at ARLnow and what journalists really think about some big local issues.
Robert Peck is the co-founder and CEO of Commonwealth Joe, a local coffee roaster that sells its coffee to cafes and offices, and also operates a cafe of its own: Java Shack in Courthouse. Commonwealth Joe is opening a brand new flagship cafe in Pentagon City, so we asked Peck about the company, its growth, and its competition with Arlington's ubiquitous Starbucks locations.
We talk with Arlington County Board member Katie Cristol about issues the board will tackle this fall, like the location of Fire Station No. 10 and affordable housing in Westover. We also discuss the failed "Blue Ribbon Panel" effort, child care affordability, options for making housing affordable for young professionals and transit along Columbia Pike.