There’s no doubt that there are lots of reasons to love Shirlington. A popular community located in Arlington County, VA; its many commercial amenities, its walkability, its diverse cultural avenues and its green space. And all of those are reasons why the area continues to grow in popularity. Shirlington lies on the former Shirley Highway (I-395), for which the town is named. The town isn’t directly Metro accessible and is served by the $2 million commuter hub, the Shirlington Bus Station. It is the only enclosed public station and is the principal transfer point for Metrobus and the Arlington Transit (ART) bus service in South Arlington. With buses that can get to the Pentagon in seven minutes, and from there, to points north via Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines or other buses it is easily accessible to the District or nearby federal agencies for those commuters. More than 2000 commuters use the station each day.
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Shirlington park has plenty of green space & Best dog park
With the 2009 winner of Washington Express’ “Best Dog Park”, Shirlington Park has a lot to offer. This sprawling 29 acres runs along a Four Mile Creek and is relatively narrow but full of trees and bushes, with a paved walking and biking trail. Just a 4 mile ride down its trail you can hook up to the popular Washington-Old Dominion (W&OD) bike trail. Shirlington is the trailhead which then ends 45 miles away in rural Purcellville, VA. This originally was Washington and Old Dominion Railroad railroad, closing in 1968.
One of the First Shopping Centers in the U.S.
Joseph Cherner, an automobile dealer and banker, started the development of Shirlington in 1944 with the opening of a shopping center on a 23 1/2 acre location, one of the very first in the United States. In this unincorporated urban area, called an “urban village,” in the southern part of Arlington County, Virginia soon opened a 150,000 square foot, $2.5 million dollar, Lansburgh’s department store in 1959. Laying in the valley of Four Mile Run, this urban village was growing, becoming a very desirable place to live. By 2001, a plan to rejuvenate Shirlington emerged, focusing on making an area pedestrian friendly with automobile parking behind the commercial buildings and adding hundreds of units of housing, by the mid 2000’s it began. This included the 2005 construction of the building to house both the Signature Theater and the Shirlington Library underneath it, opening in 2007. Today, the Village of Shirlington occupies this land and is home to many upscale dwellings, retail and service establishments. With its primarily 13,129 middle class residents, this mixed used development is based on New Urbanist principles.
Employers in Shirlington
WETA-TV, where nationally broadcast programs such as PBS Newshour and Washington Week are filmed is located in Shirlington. It is also home to WETA-FM radio and some of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) satellite offices. The non-profit Analytic Services (ANSER), providing analysis and studies in the areas of national security, homeland security, and public safety and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International are headquartered there. HNTB Corporation, an architecture, civil engineering consulting and construction management firm has several major offices throughout the area of Shirlington.
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