Longtime Falls Church Resident Reflects On City's Success | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Longtime Falls Church Resident Reflects On City's Success

Play associated audio
Lou Olom says Falls Church's tree-lined streets, modestly-sized houses and commitment to education are what make it special.
Jonathan Wilson
Lou Olom says Falls Church's tree-lined streets, modestly-sized houses and commitment to education are what make it special.

The U.S. Census Bureau says the city of Falls Church, in Northern Virginia, has the highest median household income in the country, and the highest percentage of residents with a college degree.

One longtime resident says the data doesn't surprise him.

Ninety-three-year-old Lou Olom came to Falls Church with his family in 1953.

"I didn't know what the income distribution was in Falls Church when we got here," Olom says, "we just thought this was a nice little place with trees all over."

Olom says even then, Falls Church -- a tiny city that had broken off from Fairfax County in the 1940s -- was full of highly educated residents, who wanted to live close to where many worked: in the Nation's Capital.

"It's always been that way, and in being that way it attracted others," he says.

Falls Church Mayor Nader Baroukh says it has been a good year for the city.

Its popular farmers market was named the country's favorite by the American Farmland Trust, and the city recorded the highest recycling rate in Virginia.

"The city has gotten attention in the past, and I think the attention now is well deserved," the mayor says.

But the mayor also points out that the recession has forced even Falls Church to make some tough budget choices and he expects more cuts to be on the table in the coming year.

NPR

A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.
NPR

Reality Check For Young Farmers: It's An Expensive 'Habit'

More young people are trying their hand at farming, hoping to make a living out of it. But, as it turns out, passion and grit are just a few of the prerequisites for success.
NPR

Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.
NPR

Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

The much-anticipated video game, Destiny, was released this week. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with gaming expert Adam Sessler about the new game and whether it was worth all the hype.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.