With SACRPH Almost Here, a round-up of NOVA on The Metropole

As many of our readers may already be aware, SACRPH 2019 commences this Thursday in Northern Virginia (NOVA). In anticipation of the conference, we’d like to provide attendees and non-attendees alike to chance to explore a bit of Northern Virginia’s history.


“Capital within a Capital: Covert Action, the Vietnam War, and Creating a “Little Saigon” in the Heart of Northern Virginia

NOVA as ground zero for the intersection of Cold War, the burgeoning military industrial complex, and suburbanization.


Mid-Century Modernism on the Fringes of D.C.: Charles Goodman and NOVA’s Hollin Hills

The story of Hollin Hills, an understudied NOVA enclave of modernist housing.


The Capital’s Surveillance Shadow: A Northern Virginia Bibliography

An overview of the region, replete with references to goofy 1980s thrillers and twenty-first-century blockbusters.


Northern Virginia: From ‘Star Wars’ to Cloud Wars

The securitization of NOVA real estate from the late 1980s SDI programs of the Reagan Administration to Amazon HQ2.


From Arlandria to Chiriagua: The Shifting Demographics of a Northern Virginia Neighborhood.

The story of one community and its various permutations of residents over the years

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Uncle Sam and Black Arlington: Bringing the Jobs but Taking the Housing, 1861-1945

For NOVA’s pre-World War II Black residents, the federal government offered employment opportunities but did little to help them combat the local segregation that sharply curtailed their mobility.

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Western Loudoun and the Metropolitan Fringe

Fox hunting, equestrians, and suburbanization in Western Loudoun.


African American Life in Arlington, Virginia, During Segregation: A Geographer’s Point of View

A history of Black Arlington.


The Federal Aviation Administration’s Two Airports: A David vs. Goliath Story

Breaking down the origins of and the relationship between NOVA’s two airports: Dulles International (IAD) and National (DCA).



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