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Senator Kaine Hosts Interfaith Forum

Senator Tim Kaine spends last day before VP pick showing why Virginia matters.

No one knew it at the time, but Sen. Timothy M. Kaine’s (D-Va.) public appearances moderating roundtables in Northern Virginia last Thursday, July 21 would be his last day of relative political anonymity before being catapulted to political prominence 24 hours later as Hillary Clinton’s pick for her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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Alexandria: Market Affordable Homes in Freefall

Tax increases push rent increases; rent increases push out residents.

Alexandria has lost of 8,000 market affordable homes since 2010. Most weren’t lost to dramatic demolitions or fires. They were lost in moments like the one Clifford Wilkening is facing; where an increase in property taxes is forcing the owner of 31 buildings housing 200 city residents to consider his first rent increase in around eight years.

Alexandria: Bikeshare Installation Draws Local Ire

“I’m not happy when the city is acting as though they are above the law.”

The Capital Bikeshare’s journey into Old Town is off to a bumpy start. While city officials say the Capital Bikeshare has been a success so far, one particular station has incensed local residents who say the city isn’t following its own implementation rules. Residents say their objection to the South Royal Street Bikeshare station has nothing to do with the bikeshare or bikes in the city, but anger over the city installing a colorful sign without any type of approval or public outreach.

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Alexandria: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ of Ramsey Redevelopment

Council weighs options for Ramsey redevelopment.

Three of Alexandria’s top priorities are historic preservation, open space, and affordable housing. At the June 28 City Council meeting, a decision over the future of Ramsey Homes found these interests, and the council, pitted against each other.

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Alexandria Snapshot: New Bus Line Planned to National Harbor

Starting in October, a new bus route could make it easier for Alexandrians to get to and from National Harbor and the new MGM Casino.

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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.

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