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The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed Democrat Takis Karantonis in the July 7 Arlington County Board special election.

“We highly value your dedication to the protection of the natural resources of Arlington, and we are confident that you will work to safeguard the quality of our climate, land, water and air,” said Rick Keller, chair of the local Sierra Club group that includes Arlington, in a message to Karantonis.

The organization also noted the involvement of Karantonis in Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (now EcoAction Arlington), including service in 2011-13 as board chair.

Karantonis is facing off against Republican Bob Cambridge and independent Susan Cunningham in the special election, called to fill the seat of the late Erik Gutshall, who died in April.

(15) comments

CJE

Sierra Club is a reliable rubber-stamp endorsement for Democrats. Arlington County is a renewable energy backwater, especially Columbia Pike under the Form Based Code, especially while Takis Karantonis headed CPRO.

Allen Muchnick

While your first sentence rings true, the rest of your statement is an outrageous smear. Mr. Kanantonis had virtually nothing to do with developing the Form-Based Code for Columbia Pike commercial areas, and he has done much to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy as the former chair of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment/Eco-Action Arlington.

InsideCommenter

CJE defeated by the actual facts again.

CJE

Hi again, Allen. In fact Karantonis has allowed the Pike, including his neighborhood, to become a TOTAL renewable energy backwater before, during, and after his tenure at CPRO. Then there was the gentrification of workforce housing, construction of $400,000+ luxury "affordable" apartments, and essential neighborhood amenities, like Foodstar, also gentrified out.

Allen Muchnick

More ridiculous smears. The only reason that Mr. Kanantonis "allowed" any of those horrible outcomes is because he never was a totalitarian ruler. He had no more power to stop those "evils" than you or me.

CJE

Hi again, Inside Commenter. Reality Check: Takis Karantonis was / is influential as both CPRO's Director and a Community Leader on a wide range of issues ranging from boosting the Pike Streetcar to Form Based Gentrification of the workforce and essential infrastructure (e.g., FoodStar) from the Pike Corridor.

Allen Muchnick

Repeating ridiculous nonsense and lies does not make them true.

CJE

[beam]Hi, yet again, Inside Commenter. How about you save the 'Bike Lanes, Not Water Mains" Smart Growth angst for your own Urbanist Suburban Enclaves outside the DC Beltway?

Allen Muchnick

I can't speak for "Inside Commenter" since I'm not him or her, but I'll stop replying to your lies and smears here when you limit them to your Arlington Yupette blog,

InsideCommenter

I'm a him and I agree this troll all she does is just speak in slogans but little substance.

CJE

Hi again Allen.

InsideCommenter

We should focus on bike lanes and water mains. Anyhow, maybe you Karens should stop focusing your time on whining about Arlingto while being a NIMBY and instead help improve your community.

CJE

[sad]Sad that these New Urbanism booster news blogs use surrogates from upscale suburban enclaves to trash anyone who doesn't go along with the Smart Growthers' anti-middle class anti-environment program.

InsideCommenter

[huh] You're whole philosophy is screw you I've got mine. You want Arlington to remain a 1950s relic with high property values, and a simple suburb. The reality is that Arlington County isn't a suburb but it is a satellite city outside D.C. new urbanism is the future of Arlington single family zoning needs to be banned in the city, and walk-ability bike lanes and other things need to be forced on you NIMBY's love it or leave it.

CJE

[tongue]The Urbanists not only don't live near the infill gentrification they inflict on the middle class (the workforce has long been gentrified out to the outer outer suburbs) but they also own expensive vacation homes on large parcels carved out of what were formerly agricultural land and forests.

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