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Share Your Legacy Business Story!

Graduate students and faculty from Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program are documenting the history of longstanding, or “legacy”, businesses in Arlington County. Our study to date has focused on businesses established at least 25 years ago in two areas: the Lee Highway corridor and the Green Valley neighborhood.

The website for our pilot project includes an interactive map of 13 businesses and a collection of oral histories of business owners in both areas. These stories are also the basis for the “The Local Shop” radio series produced by VT graduate student Valeria Gelman, available from WERA 96.7. Finally, the oral histories will be permanently housed in Arlington’s Center for Local History.

We are continuing to broaden our collection of oral histories. If you would like to SHARE YOUR STORY of a longstanding business, please contact us. Interviews typically take about 45 minutes and can be conducted at a site of your choice, such as a library, community center or your local business.

Amazon is coming to town panel

Had a great time moderating this panel “Amazon is Coming to Town” with Stephanie Landrum, Alex Iams, Helen McIlvaine and Karl Mortiz at the Virginia APA Alexandria Symposium.

Graduate students document legacy businesses for Arlington County

In Spring 2017, Masters students in Urban and Regional Planning explored the history of longstanding, or “legacy,” businesses in Arlington County, VA. Our study focused on two areas: the neighborhoods along the Lee Highway corridor and the historically African American Green Valley neighborhood. The goal of the studio was to bring to light the stories and voices associated with places that may not be typically viewed as “historic” resources, but that nonetheless comprise an essential part of community character and vitality.