The Arlington Way
So, I am new to Arlington, and I hope in my posts to share a newcomer’s perspective on Arlington.
First, my background - I am a young professional who moved here, to the “big city”, for a better job and greater possibilities for career advancement. Like everyone else...
I moved here from a small city that considered itself very progressive and on the cusp of doing great things. I worked for the County government there and they liked to talk about “the County way”. I came to understand the “County way” to be a euphemism for entrenched bureaucracy and nonsensicalness.
When I started work for the Arlington County government recently I was disappointed to hear there was also an “Arlington Way”.
At orientation I had the opportunity to meet County Manager, Ron Carlee and he described the Arlington Way as being the doctrine that “each person has a chance to be heard”. Now that is progressive and a great motto for a County actively working towards great things.
What do you think? Is the Arlington Way alive and well or just a turn of phrase? Is this doctrine a good one?