Rosslyn, an unincorporated urban district in Arlington, VA is one of the densest areas of skyscrapers and office buildings in the DC metro area, really only comparable to nearby Crystal City. This neighborhood is accessible via Rosslyn Station on the Metro Blue and Orange Lines, making it popular for commuters coming or going.
During the day the neighborhood is packed with businessmen and military who frequent the area's dozens of cafe's and sandwich shops. While it gets quieter at night, there is still a lot of pedestrian traffic hitting a few of the big restaurants and handful of bars. This area has a surprising number of residential apartments and condos that actually make up about two-thirds of the Rosslyn area.
I have spent quite a bit of time in Rosslyn for business. In fact I worked here from 2008 into 2009... I have previously stayed in the Holiday Inn and the Residence Inn, and I have eaten at a few of the local restaurants including Ray's Hell Burger, Cafe Asia, Red Hot and Blue BBQ, Spice of Life Cafe, Cu Cu's Cafeteria, Kanpai Sushi, and about a dozens little local cafes.
Rosslyn is home to the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Monument, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, and it borders Arlington National Cemetery. This is also the location of historic Fort Corcoran, numerous trails, lots of public art, and a few small neighborhood parks. This area was also once the area's red light district.
This isn't my favourite thing about Arlington, just something that stands out as unusual. The little-known secret is that Members of Congress have a special parking lot at both Reagan National and Dulles Airports which affords them easy access to the airport terminals. The Member of Congress' licence plate with the state and constituency number give him or her access to these convenient slots.
Getting there is half the battle
As I alluded to on my Madrid page, I had a hard time getting there. The first night, I was bumped from my flight to New York's Kennedy Airport. Fortunately, TWA put me up at a Howard Johnson's in the Crystal City section of Arlington (I understand that Howard Johnson's has since become a Holiday Inn). This was a right nice hotel considering the airlines were willing to pop for it.
Military Funeral in Arlington National Cemetery
Military funerals are somber and touching events at the cemetery. If you are present when the horse-drawn procession of soldiers marches by, at least stand stand silently to honor the flag and our nation's fallen.
Despite a popular misconception, Arlington is still a very active cemetery, hosting an average of 27 funerals each day. Those eligible for burial at Arlington include any active duty military member, any military retiree, any honorably discharged veteran with at least 30 percent VA disability when discharged, any highly decorated former member (such as those with the Medal of Honor or Purple Heart), any military member who later held an elected office, families of anyone who meets these criteria, and immediate family of those previously buried here.
High density and green space (yet!)
I was suprised to get to know that Arlington County is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the USA. The population density is 7,700 persons per square mile. It's more than in a city of Seattle, Cleveland or Pittsburgh. Difficult to believe.
A lot of area is covered by green space of Arlington National Cemetery and Fort Myer, add huge Pentagon building and large areas covered by multilane highways and freeways. Hmm... in some European cities, they started to register homeless people... on a bench, just to give them any address and thus to be able to pay them some public financial assistance. In the USA folks even don't have any identity paper (social security, driving licence or credit card instead). I do suspect that noone is registered to live, say, in the Pentagon Building. Senior Defense Officials' mailing addresses including the Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld now (2005) suprisingly belong to Washington, DC instead of Arlington.
More, look at my picture, there is large, empty meadow located in the heart of Rosslyn, by I-66. Very good location for next business. Hmm... I would put there some large sculptures/art to make the place more pleasant for an eye.