Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va

Columbia Pike's Revitalize: Places, Parks, People, Events & Much More

Columbia Pike Plaza

Columbia Pike Plaza is in the Neighborhood Center next to Arlington Mill ... more

Shirmish at Arlington Mill

Last Saturday, November 11 was the unveiling of the Civil War Trails Sign, "Skirmish at Arlington Mill" in the plaza of  Arlington Mill. There was a presentation of the colors by members of the Army of the Potomac History Society with remarks by... more

Food Truck Parties

Saturday October 14th was the fourth and last Food Truck Party for this year, it was held at Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run. These events were in April, June, Augus and October, they were organized by Columbia Forest Civic Association. There more and photos

Columbia Pike Fall Festival

The Columbia Pike Fall Craft Beer and Wine Festival was last Saturday, Oct 7th on South Adams Street at Columbia Pike from 2pm to 7pm. It was organized by CPRO, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. There was a good turnout. Throughout the afternoon and evening there was more and photos

Multi-Cultural Street Festival

Pro Bangla hosted the sixth annual Multi- Cultural Street Festival last Saturday September 23rd, at 880 Wallter Reed Drive which is about one block from Columbia Pike. In addition to a Parade and Entertainment there were stalls more and photos

Multi-Cultural Street Festival

Sept 23
11am - 7pm
880 South Walter Reed Drive
one block from the Pike

Donald Lipski

Columbia Pike Library
Monday 9 - 18 7:00pm – 9:00
Talk with Donald Lipski about the new art installation which will be installed at the West End of the Pike.
more info at Eventbrite Site

other information about the West End of the Pike and this installation on this site

Shared Streets Pop-Up

Last Tuesday, August 22 was the Our Shared Streets Pop-Up at Arlington Mill from 4 - 7pm. It was organized by more

Arlington County Fair

From  Aug 16 - 20
Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 Second Street South
more info at the Fair's Site

Pike Pike

Pike Park has been updated to include Wandering the Pike read more

Western Gateway

After completion of streetscaping, new public art will be installed in the Western Gateway. Housing and retail in that area are also included. read more

Updates to Trafalgar Flats & the Village Center

I have updated the information for Trafalgar Flats  and the Village Center based on announcements made by Marwin Shahin of the Pillars Development Group and David Orr of Orr Partners at the AMCA Meeting at Arlington Mill last Tuesday.

Meeting on Status of Architecture on the Pike

The Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD) will host a workshop to discuss the status of architecture along Columbia Pike on:
Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm
Navy League Building, Conference Room (Lobby Level)
2300 Wilson Blvd.
(Metro accessible; public parking available in the County garage across street )

CPHD has invited the following STAKEHOLDERS for this discussion:
The Form Based Cody Advisory Working Group
The Planning Commission
The Design Review Committee of the Historical and Landmark Review Board
Columbia Pike Presidents Group

Form Based Code Overview & Background
Purpose of Review, Process Outline and Anticipated Schedule
Assessment of Local & Regional Development
Next steps
more info Arlington County

Improving Housing and Retail

TUESDAY - MARCH 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Free 4 hour parking in underground garage - enter at 9th St. So. - road between the Arlington Mill Residences and Park Glen Condo.  Go to second garage entrance.
If you are interested in seeing improved housing and retail at the west end of the Pike, you are invited to come to this meeting.  Help spread the word!
David Orr - his company is redeveloping the "Food Star" property at the corner of George Mason Drive/Columbia Pike.
Pillars Development, which is building 78 market rate condominiums  - Trafalgar Flats - at the corner of S. Buchanan and Columbia Pike - with retail on the first level.
Property manager for the Tyroll Hill Apts., which was recently purchased by the Insight Property Group, an Arlington based company.


The CPRO Board of Directors at its February 23rd meeting voted to elect three new members – David Orr, Linda LeDuc and Tom Gibson – who will fill board positions available respectively as Business, Civic and At-Large representatives. read more at CPRO

4707 Columbia Pike

Work has began on a new complex at the corner of the Pike and South Buchanan Street read more

Farmer's Market at Arlington Mill

Give your input for a Farmer's Market at Arlington Mill survey at CPRO

How the Arts Live in Arlington

On February 8-9, a team from Artspace will lead a two-day, Arlington-wide exploration of artist housing needs, financing, & facilities. The conversation with arts, community, and business leaders will focus on the potential for artist housing in a variety of neighborhoods in Arlington. Four neighborhoods including Columbia and one specific site were selected to provide a broad context for the conversation
read more: arlington economic development

Arlington Mill

Arlington Mill information has been updated read more

Move Recycle Bins

The Arlington County Board has approved moving the self-service recycling center at Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run Drive to the nearby Arlington Trades Center on South Taylor Street at South Arlington Mill more arlington county

4707 Columbia Pike

Work has began at 4707 the lot that was previously the home of El Tutumaso and at one time the home of the second Bob and Ediths. At the moment they are clearing the lot in preparation for the four story mixed use building.

Arlington 10-Year Bus Plan Update

Updates include information for transportation along Columbia Pike. There will be a meeting at  Arlington Mill, Thursday June 9,from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. read more arlington county

Westmont Building - Highland

There is a real mix of busnesses in this area. Quite a few ethic restaurants, more than one Vapor store and much more .. read more

Pike 2400

Proposed drawings and information for new development at 2400 Columbia Pike. Community Meeting to discuss the development of this site: Walter Reed Community Center 2902 South 16th Street   April 7, at  7pm Arlington County.. read more

Columbia Pike Transportation

TONIGHT updates on Columbia Pike Transportation. Your input is needed. At  Arlington Mill Community Center from 5 - 8pm read more arlington county

Village Center Main Square

Today the Arlington County Board approved the redevelopment for the main square for the Village Center. read more

Hunter'S Crossroads

One of the main Intersections on the Pike is at South Glebe Road. This area is known as Hunter's Crossroads but the name is rarely used today. On the southwest corner is Pike 3400... read more

Updates on Columbia Pike Transportation

March 1, 2015 5-8pm
Arlington Mill Community Center
Updates on Arlington Transportation
For other locations and Meeting Times ...Arlington County

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

Arlington Drafthouse on 2016-17 decal. Winning entry by   Ryan Kovich, a Wakefield High School 10th grader more Arlington County

Premium Bus Service for Columbia Pike

Transportation Development Plan January 26 2016
...Transportation Updates

Gilliam Square

On December 12, the Arlington County Board approved a plan to redevelop the Arlington Presbyterian Church into an affordable housing complex. The affordablity of the apartments is locked-in for the next 60 years. more

Village Center - Main Square

Columbia Pike is going to get a new square at the northwest corner of the Pike and George Mason Drive.  This square will serve as the main square for the Village Center. The Village Center runs between South Randolph and South Taylor on Columbia Pike this page was updated read more...

Columbia Pike Transite Service Analysis

Columbia Pike Transite Service Analysis for November 2015
Analysis pdf
Transportation Page

Four Mile Run and Washington & Old Dominion Trail

Columbia Pike crosses over Four Mile Run between South Dinwiddie St and South Buchannan St.  It is  the largest stream flowing through Arlington.  Its a scenic wooded area with a lot going on: walking, biking, jogging, fishing,  pic-nicing and more. The Washington & Old Dominion Trail runs parelled to Four Mile Run in the area of Columbia Pike more

Pike Transportation Workshop

Arlington is developing its ten-year plan for bus service in the County. You can contribute to this plan. There will be a Transportation Workshop on the Pike on:
Monday, November 2, from 7pm-9pm at:
Arlington Mill Community & Senior Center
Multi-Purpose Room 527
909 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204
workshop flyer ..Arlington County
transportation updates  This Site

Rappahannock & Neighbors

The block running along the south side of the Pike from S. Barton to S. Wayne contains some historical buildings, the famous Bob and Edith's Diner along with two gas stations and the building that used to house Saah Furniture. There are two historical buildings... read more

Columbia Pike Fall Fest

The Pike's Fall Festival is today at South Adams and Columbia Pike one block from the Town Center's Square. In addtion to beer , wine and food tasting there is entertainment from 2pm to 8pm. The lineup is Scott Kurt and Mephis 59, Lenny Burridge Trio, Boxcartel, The Hummingbyrds and Ruthie and the Wranglers.


Starbucks opened last week at Penrose Square

Arlington County Fair & Parade

The Arlington County Fair opened last night with a parade which started at the Columbia Pike Library. This is the first year that there was a parade to open the fair. The parade processed down South. Highland onto South 2nd until it reached Thomas Jefferson Communtiy Center at 3501 South 2nd Street,where the Fair is being held. This year is the 39th year of this annual fair . ...see photos

From Edgewood to Cleveland

There is a short block of businesses on S. Edgewood on the east side of Rite Aid and behind Pike Park. There used to be a Fire Station in this block. The station was replaced by the Uncommon Market a health food co-operative which was...more

Fillmore Center w Elkins Building

The Center is bordered on the West by the Art and Framing Club and a CVS at the East end . The center is split into two buildings with a parking lot in-between. The Elkins building in the style of Art Deco has more interesting architecture...more

Arlington's New Retail Plan

Arlington County has a new retail plan that could affect business with street level frontage in these areas: Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square Ballston, Crystal City and Columbia Pike. Commerical areas on Columbia Pike are GOLD and some off streets are GREEN.
press release
full report


*Design Standards: Exterior Interior Retail Sales, Food Establishments, Entertainment, Establishments, Services Repairs, Retail Equivalents.


*No Design Standards. **All uses as permitted by the Ordinance.

*Other uses as permitted in the Zoning Ordinance may be approved, on a case - by - case basis, by the County Board.

**Other adopted design standards may apply

Gold and Green areas for Columbia Pike are shown on the linked map above.

Arlington Village

Arlington Village is built on 53 acres of land which the developer Gustav Ring purchase from B. M.Smith in 1939. The complex was financed through the Federal Housing Administration. Originaly Arlington Village was..more

Pike Park / Farmer's Market

Pike Park is a tiny park with a lot going on. It is in the heart of the Town Center...>more

Blues Festival

Yesterday the Columbia Pike Blues Festival celebrated its 20th year. It was held at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed opposite Pike Park. It was packed. It was not just the sounds it was also the sights... take a look

Penrose Square

More photographs added, take a look

Blues Festival on the Pike

June 20, 2015
1 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
South Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike

Message From the County Manager

Barbara M. Donnellan,s final report to the County Board on post-streetcar planning for Columbia Pike and Crystal City-Pentagon City. read here

Question About the Pike - Democratic Debate

Last night at the Democratic Debate the candidates were asked the question: Do you think service or different options are needed on the Pike if so what, where, when, and how? more

Transit Update

Transit Development Plan 2016 - 2021 and more

Arlington Mill Residences

Beautiful Affordable Housing

Award Winning Housing, Arlington Mill Residences opened in May more


The Halstead is within Columbia Pike's Town Center. it's at the corner of South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike. It is a very busy area with some interesting resturants and businesses within the same block. It's right across the road from Pike Pike and within a block of Penrose Square which is the Town Center's main more
may 11, 2015

Cafe at Arlington Mill

ArlNow reported that the lease for the Root Cafe at Arlington Mill Community Center which was supposed to open in the Fall iis in the process of being terminated...ArlNow

may 5, 2015

Restaurant Row

This short block going west from S. Walter Reed Drive on Columbia Pike has a very high concentration of businesses in particular restaurants. On the North side of the street it is all restaurants even the Cinema has one and there is another round the corner on Walter Reed. more South Side more North Side
may 1, 2015

CPRO Columbia Pike Future Forum

More Questions than Answers
A meeting of the  CPRO Columbia Pike Future Forum was more
april 29, 2015

4707 Columbia Pike

At the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Buchanan is a 38,000 sq. ft. lot, currently occupied by El Tutumaso restaurant, which is no longer in business. The Pillars Development Group, proposes to build a 4-story mixed-use building. It will have 78 residential units, 87 underground parking spaces and a 3,572 square foot private courtyard. The ground floor will be more at Arlington County
april 29, 2015

Transit Stations New Designs

At last night's meeting at Arlington Mill Community Center the county presented the new designs for the Transite Stations to be installed on Columbia Pike more
april 23, 2015

The Pike's Future Forum

The CPRO Event: Pike Future Forum, a 22204 Community Discussion on the Future of Columbia Pike
Reception starts at 6pm,
Panel discussion starts at 7pm at:
2619 Columbia Pike
RSVP and details at CPRO

april 3, 2015

Pike Transit Stations

APRIL 28, 2015
Transit Stations Design
Future of Transit Service in Arlington
Presentation at
5:30pm and repeated at 6:30pm
Learn about transportation projects underway on the more
april 2, 2015

Art on the Pike

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 6 - 9pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2 - 5pm
Columbia Pike Artist's Spring Party, Open Studios Exhibition ...details at CPAS
march 31, 2015

Trevor Noah on the Pike

Trevor Noah is coming to Arlington Drafthouse next week. Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as the host on The Daily Shown later this year.
march 27, 2015

Meet Playwrite / Author Laura Zam

APRIL 13, 2015
Columbia Pike Branch Library
816 South Walter Reed Drive
details at Pike Library
march 26, 2015

Starbucks on the Pike

This summer we will be getting Starbucks. Its coming to Penrose Square where the bar TNT and Restaurant Society Fair used to be.
march 20, 2015

Carver Homes and Columbia Hills

The County approved two redevelopment housing projects, Carver Homes and Columbia Hills. Carver Homes will replace the historical Carver Cooperative Housing... read post
march 18, 2015

Post Streetcar Planning

On March 17, 2015 Barbara Donnellan, County Manager gave a progress update on the post streetcar cancellation. ... read update
march 14, 2015

Pike Ride

Getting to Columbia Pike without a car. This video explains how to get here from any of the Arlington Metro Stations. It gives maps and rides for bikes along with Bike Share and Zip Car stations. Other car free resources are also included ... goTo youTube
march 13, 2015

Historic Stone Church to be Torn-Down

The historical stone church on the Pike near to Glebe Road is set to be torn down. . ... read post
feb 26, 2015

The Pike's Future Forum

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - will be rescheduled at a later date
The CPRO Event: Pike Future Forum, a 22204 Community Discussion on the Future of Columbia Pike will be held on March 5. Reception starts at 6pm, Panel discussion starts at 7pm at:
2619 Columbia Pike
RSVP and details at CPRO
feb 13, 2015

Penrose Square

Penrose Square information has been updated ... read post
feb 5, 2015

Family Night at the Mill

Starts February 6 at Arlington Mill Community Center , located at Columbia Pike and Dinwiddie St: Drop-in Family Nights are for all ages. Youth ages 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult. read more Arlington County Site.  
feb 5, 2015

Pike Transportation Planning, Post Streetcar Cancellation

At the Jan. 27 County Board meeting, County Manager Barbara Donnellan gave an update on the shutdown of the streetcar program and the start of post-streetcar planning efforts. Read the presentation.  
Jan 24, 2015

Root Cafe coming to Arlington Mill

This morning Arlington County Board approved a 10-year lease for the restaurant and gourmet coffee shop 'Root' at the Arlington Mill Community Center.... read more at Arlington County

Local entrepreneur Alami Abderrahim plans to open Root Cafe this fall, which will offer a menu of fresh, healthy foods using locally sourced ingredients, gourmet coffee and other beverages. Root's menu already online.

Nov 20, 2014

Streetcar Cancelled

Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette announced that the Streetcar for Columbia Pike and Crystal City is being cancelled... read post
Nov 20, 2014

Pro Streetcar Announcements and Discussions

Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette announced that the Streetcar for Columbia Pike and Crystal City is being cancelled... read post
May 20, 2014

Penrose Square

Penrose Square owned by BM Smith is located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Barton Street. The square is surrounded on two sides by a variey of businesses. ... read post
May 8, 2014

Arlington Mill Community Center

It is a multipurpose center and provides diverse multicultural and multigenerational programs and services it has sports, camps, activies and classes for families, senior, teens and children. It also provides training for job skills and assistance in job placement... read post
May 6, 2014

Update on Transit Stations

Today County Manager Barbara Donnellan announced plans to reduce the cost of the new transit stations along Columbia Pike and improve their design and functionality, based on... read update
May 1, 2014

Catching Up

In the fall I took photographs of Arlington Mill and had intended to post everything then. I got really busy and did not have a chance to post anything. I hope to catch-up very soon.
October 30, 2013

Four Mile Run

Columbia Pike crosses over Four Mile Run right between South Dinwiddie St and South Buchannan St. Unlike its name ... read post
October 23, 2013

Million Dollar Bus Stop

There's a bright shiny bus stop where Walter Reed meets Columbia Pike in Arlington. Its kinda neat and very futuristic, all stainless steel and glass with heated concrete... read post
September 22, 2013


I started this site in order to document the changes that are happening along Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia. From time to time I will also add information about certain aspects of the rest of the county.... read more