Street Level Exodus?

Does anyone know what’s going on in Clarendon above Highland? It seems that every storefront between Orpheus Records and the Kabob Bazaar is now shut, and the whole area looks like a scene out of a bad union-strike movie set in West Virginia rather than just blocks away from some of the hottest nightlife in the region. What’s with all the empty storefronts? Is this gentrification in process, or are the landlords asking for too much money? With about a dozen spots empty in the two blocks between the Clarendon Ballroom and the Metro, Arlington’s got to be losing out on some serious revenue if those places stay empty much longer.

What’s going on?

3 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    My second favorite Vietnamese restaurant was in that stretch. When they closed down a while back they said it was to make way for another new building.


  2. Will (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    I liked that Vietnamese restuarant as well. It was one of the first ones to go. The Japanese one, not so much.

    This has been going on for some time now. I’d say months.


  3. daniel (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    From http://www.arlingtonvirginiausa.com/index.cfm/5231#clarendon
    Clarendon Station – Five storefronts in the 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard have been vacated and are being marketed by the long-term owner of the property. The property, which faces the Clarendon Metro Station, is being marketed to restaurants and retailers.



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