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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Safety Is Everyone’s Concern
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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Safety Is Everyone’s Concern

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Along the 700 block of Wilkes Street of Alexandria, around same week of the George Washington Parade, this sign was damaged and subsequently replaced after calling City Hall. The new sign was damaged as of July 3, and between all this time large tree branches full of leaves were broken off and covered the sidewalk for days in the same area until that was called in.

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Photo of damaged sidewalk/curb at the intersection of 400 and 600 block of South Washington and Wilkes Street.

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Photo of lamp pole located on federal property in the 200 block of South Washington and Prince Street.

Months ago, around the time of the George Washington Parade, I took a photo of a damaged sign along the 700 block of Wilkes Street of Alexandria around the same week of the George Washington Parade. I called the city at 703-746-4000 and it was replaced (and then damaged and replaced again just last month).

I also saw sidewalk/curb damage at the corner of the 600 block of Wilkes and 400 block of South Washington Street where no repair was done until I called it in after weeks as of thinking someone else would have called.

When residents see something unsafe, they should use the city’s Call Click Connect online or call 703-746-4000 and report the damage.

Not everything can be solved by the city. I photographed a damaged lamp pole in the 200 block of South Washington and Prince Street, but it’s on federal property according to the city’s code enforcement office. It’s sitting up high above ground level and it could hurt pedestrians or motorists if wind or rain further damaged its eroded base.

Activist Geri Baldwin

Alexandria