It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my Orange Line Project idea, but I found myself in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington yesterday and decided it was as good a time as any to get started on the project. I met a friend at Northside Social for an impromptu happy hour (great place for a laid back happy hour if you like wine) and then walked around Clarendon to take some pictures for this project.
First the hard facts (actually, not so sure how accurate these are, but oh well): According to my Google searches, Clarendon is a small neighborhood in North Arlington best known for its bar and restaurant scene along Clarendon and Wilson Boulevards. It’s technically called an urban village and features mostly mixed-use development, although there are detached single family residential neighborhoods a few blocks from the metro station. I couldn’t find any clear, recent racial breakup data, but in 2000, Clarendon was 84.2% White, 3.0% Black, 4.5% Asian, 6.7% Hispanic and 1.5% other. After yesterday’s Clarendon exploration, I feel I can safely say there are still lots of white people, though I’m not sure of the exact percentages. According to City-data.com, 44% of Clarendon residents are between the ages of 25-44 and the average ages is about 30.5 years old. Approximately 55% of residents are single, 32.3% have a B.A and 21.69% have a Master’s degree. was $114, 308 and the average home price was $654, 694, though I’m sure both of these numbers have gone up in the last three years. The average renter can expect to pay $1,807 for a one bedroom apartment. According to City-data.com, 3,044 people live in Clarendon with an average density of 17,465 people per square mile, way above the Arlington average of just over 7,000 per square mile.
If I had to select the yuppiest of yuppy neighborhoods in the DC Metro Area, Clarendon would be up there. This place is young, professional, educated, attractive, in great physical shape and upwardly mobile. The restaurants and bars that line Wilson and Clarendon Boulevard are full most nights of the week and are frequented by the 22-35 year old crowd. This is the kind of place with a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s within a few blocks of each other, a year-round farmer’s market and plenty of bikers, joggers and walkers. Everything here feels a little too new and shiny for my taste, kind of like a super town center, but there’s no denying that Clarendon is a well-thought out development where residents can walk or bike just about everywhere.
Please note pictures were taken with my iphone under less than ideal lighting conditions, but hopefully these pictures will give you a pretty good feel for Clarendon. Also, I still have 25 metro stops to go, so if anyone is interested in joining me, it’s always much more fun to have company!