This exhibit documents the rich cultural diversity of the Columbia Pike, the center for Arlington's immigrant community. It will include both framed photographs and a slideshow, giving the audience a unique perspective of the many cultures that have flourished along this key transportation corridor. September 10th will be the opening with pizza and perspectives panel discussion: "From Pupusas to Microbrews: Gentrification & Columbia Pike." Panelists include Chris Zimmerman (Arlington County Board), Nina Janopaul (president of APAH), Takis Karantonis (executive director of CPRO) and Christian Dorsey (community activist, political commentator and Pike resident). Columbia Pike is a key transportation corridor in Arlington County, connecting travelers from Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads to the Pentagon and DC Metro. Arlington and Fairfax Counties are planning a partnership to develop a street car line that will stretch along nearly five miles of the Pike to provide more efficient and affordable transportation capacity along the route. Immediately surrounding the Pike is a richly diverse population of people and small businesses that thrive in the existing community, but may not be able to remain in the area if the new transportation services promote high-end development that might drive up the cost of living and doing business.
The opening will take place on September 10th, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (the panel is 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM). Exhibit will close on October 26th. Gallery is open daily 9AM to 8 PM.