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Alexandria: King Street-Beauregard Street Improvement Begins

Project seeks to increase pedestrian safety and reduce commute time.

The Alexandria City Council met at the intersection of King Street and North Beauregard Street to hold a groundbreaking ceremony, signaling the start of improvements to be made at the crossroads.

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Potomac Yard Metro Project Moves Forward

Lingering doubts around parking surround Potomac Yard approval.

After years of planning, Potomac Yard Metro is starting to come together. But for many local residents, the arrival of the new Metro station comes with some remaining hurdles.

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City Takes Control of Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory

Temporary measure met with cautious optimism by artists.

On the surface of Alexandria’s arts community, but in the depths of city bureaucracy, major changes are underway at the Torpedo Factory, the arts facility right at the heart of Alexandria’s waterfront.

Alexandria: Trial of City Council Underway

City faces allegations of corruption in rezoning case.

329 N. Washington St. is a quintessential Old Town mansion. It’s a historic, four-story home facing the George Washington Parkway on one side and the the cobblestone Princess Street on the other. Unlike most Old Town homes, however, the property is currently at the heart of a lawsuit against the City Council with allegations of corruption within City Hall.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Grand Opening

About a hundred well-wishers attended the ribbon-cutting at the new Holiday Inn at Carlyle on April 28. Also on-hand was the leadership from both the hotel’s owners, Wright Investment Properties, Inc. (WIP) and the capital investment firm AEW who financed the commencement project. From left are Mark Coltharp of WIP, Frank Cole of Eisenhower Partnership, Larry Wright Jr. of WIP, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Jonathan Martin of AEW, and David Martin of WIP.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Self Defense

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The man arrives at the door. One second passes.

Alexandria: Two Cents Worth

Where the city’s tax increase is going.

When the city manager presented his proposed budget to the City Council, it came with a one cent tax increase.

Alexandria: Responding to Metro Delays and Closures

City leadership and ridership look at upcoming Metro changes.

It's frustrating but necessary.

Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Street to Cell

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

Whether it’s being pulled over for a traffic violation or being directed around the site of a crash, virtually every Alexandrian has had some interaction with the Alexandria Police Department’s Traffic Section.

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Alexandria: Opposition to Old Colony Inn Proposal Turns Personal

Has it gone too far?

After nearly a full year of back and forth through boards, commissions, and community engagement, the Old Colony Inn is one step away from redevelopment. Hot on the developer’s heels, however, were local neighbors objecting to the zone transition allowances by staff.

Alexandria: Design Supported as Patrick Henry Moves Forward

N. Latham Street controversy resolved; auditorium questions loom.

After a series of back and forths between the School Board, an advisory group, and project staff, Patrick Henry Elementary School is moving forward with a compromise that seems to have satisfied most parties. Questions and concerns remain about the site, including a looming discussion about the exclusion of an auditorium from the design, but at the April 27 meeting of the Patrick Henry Advisory Group, the group agreed to support the Option C.1 design.

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Alexandria: Food Trucks Cook Up Trouble in Old Town North

Parking and Transportation Board approves food trucks at Metro sites, but not in Old Town.

Food trucks took three steps into Alexandria following a City Council meeting on April 16, but an April 25 Parking and Transportation Board hearing may have set them two steps back.

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Alexandria: City Council OKs Improvements

In an update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, the City Council approved on April 16 some major extensions and renovations to four miles of new sidewalks and 88 miles of bicycle improvements.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Higher Power

Power outage along Duke Street on Tuesday, April 19 interrupted Shiloh Baptist Church’s service, so Pastor Taft Quincey Heatley organized his congregation and the visiting worshippers from Arlington’s Macedonia Baptist Church to take the service into the adjacent parking lot. “We came to worship, so that’s what we’re going to do,” said Heatley. “The church is not the building, it’s the people.”

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Inside Alexandria Police Department: On the Job

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

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