by Jay Jacob Wind, Joan Gill, and Richard Bullington-McGuire
Thank you for visiting us. Arlington Heights is one of Arlington's oldest neighborhoods. The name Arlington Heights has been used since the first half of the 19th Century, when it designated a large area extending from the current site of the Custis-Lee Mansion, westward and southward. Civil War maps clearly show this area. Maps at the turn of the century, however, show establishment of smaller neighborhoods that once were part of the larger area known as Arlington Heights. As each of these areas was carved out and established, such as Barcroft, Alcova Heights and Clarendon, our neighborhood remained as the only area still using the Arlington Heights name. More information is available in the Virginia Room at Arlington County's Central Library.
Our neighborhood is bounded by Arlington Boulevard, Fillmore Street - Walter Reed Drive, Columbia Pike, and Glebe Road. We are proud to host the Columbia Pike Blues Festival, the County Fair, and many County facilities: Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Middle School, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Charles Fenwick Center, Arlington Career Center, and Arlington Public Library—Columbia Pike Branch; as well as Congregation Etz Hayim, Columbia Pike Artist Studios, Cinema 'n' Drafthouse, Bangkok 54 Restaurant, Matuba Restaurant, Mom's Pizza Kitchen, Panda Bowl, Pines of Naples, Thai Square, and other restaurants, shops, and offices on Columbia Pike, Westmont Shopping Center at Columbia and Glebe, the businesses in Dominion Arms, Town Car Auto, and 7-Eleven, to name just a few.
With the County's help, we installed pedestrian-friendly Carlyle street lamps in our neighborhood, repaired sidewalks, and rebuilt and renamed Arlington Heights Park at 9th and South Irving Streets. We publish a neighborhood newsletter, OVER THE FENCE, four times a year. We host our annual garden tour, a block party, a kids' Hallowe'en costume party, and a holiday caroling party. We meet quarterly at Patrick Henry School to discuss and solve neighborhood problems.
Our neighborhood has more than 1,000 households and about 50 businesses. We invite other Arlington Heights neighbors to join our Civic Association and help us make our neighborhood even better.