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Arlington’s approach to streetcars, Artisphere, murals shine light on county’s management style

The Artisphere combines the former Newseum space and the Rosslyn Spectrum as one art facility. But it is losing money, and some question whether taxpayer funds should support it. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

In the City Paper, Steve Kiviat takes a detailed look at the Artisphere as it turns two years old. The arts center in the old Newseum building is heavily supported by the Arlington government (meaning the taxpayers), and it is projecting a $2.3 million deficit. The question arises again, as it has with PBS in the presidential debate: Should government fund the arts?

And in the Shirlington area, there is a new mural on the side of the Wag More Dogs grooming and boarding service. Arlington ordered a previous, dog-related mural to be reduced in size, covered up or topped with a sign welcoming folks to the adjacent dog park, and then won its battles in court. Huffington Post reports that a new mural is now in place, which you can see here. And the debate over the old mural, in the comments section here, was very interesting. Some 600 people voted in our poll, and two-thirds felt that the old mural should have stayed, though there’s no telling how many of those live and vote in Arlington.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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