The Arlington Way: Engaging People Every Day
Participation, leadership and civic engagement (PLACE) are essential elements of Arlington’s success. To me, the “Arlington Way” means that each person has an opportunity to shape our public policies, that we work toward consensus, that good ideas can come from anyone and that the discussion is governed by a culture of civility and personal respect. Fortunately, we have many active and constructive residents who take seriously their responsibility to help make Arlington better. As we know, “Building a healthy community is not a spectator sport.”
Arlington has evolved into a vibrant urban community that has retained our traditional sense of caring and connectedness. In 2001, I initiated the popular "Walking Town Meetings" as a way for Board members to visit neighborhoods, listen to residents, and learn first-hand about neighborhood issues.