Top ten Alexandria stories of 2022

(Updated 5:20 p.m.) ALXnow has wrapped up its third full year.

The site launched late in 2019 and just months later was swept up in a whirlwind of pandemic coverage, protests and more. Alexandria can be a bizarre place but we at ALXnow wouldn’t have it any other way.

Pretty much every week, we wrap up with a look at the most read stories from the past seven-ish days. This year, like in 2020 and 2021, we figured we’d end with a list of the top ten most read stories from the last year.

10. Five Guys moving corporate headquarters to Alexandria

“Five Guys is moving its corporate headquarters to Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood, according to the Washington Business Journal.

9. Police: Mental health crisis at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office resolved peacefully

“Despite rumors to the contrary, the Alexandria Police Department (APD) said no one was killed at the Patent and Trademark Office yesterday.”

8. New cannabis dispensary opening this week just south of Alexandria

“Cannabis company Jushico is opening a new Beyond Hello dispensary just south of Hunting Creek in Fairfax.”

7. Alexandria could force Parker-Gray homeowner to remove unauthorized additions

“If you live in a historic district, always remember to get approval from the city before making a modification to your house.”

6. Woman apprehended after allegedly slamming 19-month-old boy to ground at Inova Alexandria Hospital

“A Fairfax County woman experiencing a mental health crisis was apprehended after allegedly slamming a 19-month-old boy to the ground in the emergency room at Inova Alexandria Hospital last month.”

5. Patent and Trademark Office building closed until Saturday following ‘incident’

“The Remsen building of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria will be closed for the rest of the week after what the USPTO has called an ‘Alexandria Campus Incident.'”

4. Study: Old Town Historic District is the most dangerous area for pedestrians in Virginia

“A new study shows that the most dangerous area for pedestrians is Old Town.”

3. Alexandria Dems say “get out” to Governor Youngkin after impromptu visit

“An unmasked Governor Glenn Youngkin made a surprise stop at the Bradlee Shopping Center Safeway yesterday (Thursday), and afterward the Alexandria Democratic Committee tweeted for him to ‘get out of Alexandria.'”

2. UPDATED: One killed at Potomac Yard gas station shooting

“The Alexandria Police Department is responding to a shooting at an Exxon station (2320 Richmond Highway) in Potomac Yard.”

1. BREAKING: Student killed after fight at Bradlee Shopping Center McDonald’s

“A teenager from Alexandria City High School was killed during a ‘large fight’ at the Bradlee Shopping Center McDonald’s, police say.”