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Not Enough Progress Made on Affordable Housing in Alexandria

Alexandria Needs Assessment finds affordable housing severely lacking.

The 2010 City Council Strategic Plan laid out seven main goals for the city’s long-term development. Goal number one was to “achieve a net increase in the number of dedicated affordable rental and ownership units in the city by 2015.”

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People At Work: Spring Warms into Hot Market

It is spring and the real estate market is hot. Mary Moran puts her access card in the lock box, uses her own personal code, opens the front door and walks into the hallway. According to Mary Moran, Realtor for Long & Foster, in the spring the market picks up because of weather. Houses look better, snow is gone and they are easier to show.

Alexandria Home Sales: March, 2015

In March, 2015, 200 Alexandria homes sold between $3,600,000-$98,700.

Alexandria Home Sales: March, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 138 Alexandria homes sold between $4,020,000-$119,900.

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2015

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2015

In January 2015, 126 Alexandria homes sold between $2,700,000-$127,000.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2015

Alexandria Welcomes Zombie Apocalypse Survivors

The mayor welcomed Rick Grimes and others from the AMC show “The Walking Dead” to the city. Grimes entered the city on March 1 and has expressed an interest in joining local law enforcement. In the show, based on a comic series by Robert Kirkman, Alexandria is a safe-zone relatively protected from apocalyptic horrors.

Hunting Alexandria's Potholes

Over the winter, Alexandria received 18 inches of snow, higher than the 15 inch average, which has also left Alexandria with larger than average potholes.

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Congressman in the Alexandria Classroom

After student inquiry, Beyer visits T.C. Williams High School.

T.C. Williams High School Student Peter Eckel quietly confided that when he wrote the email to his congressman’s office, it was originally as a joke. He hadn’t expected a response, and certainly didn’t expect Representative Don Beyer to show up at his school on March 10 to give his class and other students a brief explanation of life in Congress and answer their questions.

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National Honor for Alexandria Educator

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez named National Social Worker of the Year

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has selected Alexandria Social Worker Bonilla-Galdamez at the recipient of its 2014 National Social Worker of the Year.

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Duncan Visits Alexandria's Patrick Henry Pre-K

Secretary of Education and others express support for Alexandria’s early childhood development.

In a crowded corner of the Patrick Henry Elementary School Library, Duncan heaped praise on Patrick Henry Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten education program while expressing his frustrations at a nationwide lack of similar programs.

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Alexandria Budget Winners and Losers

Acting city manager presents budget proposal to City Council

When Acting City Manager Mark Jinks presented Alexandria City Council with the $647.9 million proposed budget, the generally positive reception was tempered with the knowledge that many departments would not be receiving the funding they had requested.

Collaboration Over Competition for Alexandria Nonprofits

Alexandria non-profit organizations unite for city budgeting.

As Alexandria’s nonprofits prepare for the March 3 release of the County Manager’s proposed budget, things are going a little differently this year.

Alexandria Home Sales: January, 2015

In January, 2015, 126 Alexandria homes sold between $2,700,000-$127,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: January, 2015

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Alexandria School's Space Odyssey

NASA Administrator gives Jefferson-Houston students a taste for science.

For many children, “astronaut” is one of the quickest answers when asked what they want to be when they grow up. A visit to Jefferson-Houston School on Feb. 13 from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden aimed to encourage those students to hold onto that answer. Bolden and other NASA leadership spoke to adults on how to cultivate an interest in math and science, and showed how by fielding questions from Jefferson-Houston students on life in space.

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Alexandria's George Mason Elementary Left Behind

Superintendent and parents clash over school modernization priorities.

For parents at George Mason Elementary School, all of the talk of modernization and improvements isn't resonating.

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