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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks to Alexandria Democrats at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, March 20, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

It was a big week for questions about the future of development, density and affordable housing.

In neighboring Arlington, the County Board voted to approve ‘Missing Middle’ zoning changes that would allow multifamily residential structures on what had been single-family zoning. As Alexandria launches its own Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative, some eyes now turn to that program to see if Alexandria will follow suit.

Fairfax County, meanwhile, had some of its zoning reforms reversed by a Virginia Supreme Court decision that said the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act by not holding an in-person public hearing or vote.

Unrelated to development, Alexandria also got a surprise visit from Sen. Tim Kaine, who shared concerns about former President Donald Trump’s reaction to his potential indictment.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. West End neighborhood associations band together against new residential development
  2. BREAKING: Bank robbery reported in Arlandria
  3. Alexandria’s police department has diversity issues, some APD personnel say
  4. Notes: Alexandria ranks high in ‘Best Cities’ list but hindered by housing and public safety scores
  5. Alexandria man arrested after allegedly strangling ex-girlfriend
  6. Sen. Tim Kaine says he’s running for reelection to keep Republican crosshairs away from Virginia in 2024
  7. Notes: Senator J.D. Vance welcomed to Del Ray with ‘yarn bombing’ near new home
  8. Inova at Landmark project unanimously approved by Alexandria City Council
  9. Alexandria’s gun-related crime skyrocketed 100% in 2022
  10. What does Arlington’s ‘Missing Middle’ vote mean for Alexandria?

Recent Stories

The Alexandria Police Department said in a release that a handgun was confiscated from a student at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (530 S St Asaph Street) today. According to the release:…

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The Alexandria Police Department (APD) arrested Robert Walker, a 34-year-old D.C. resident, for a carjacking just a few blocks away from APD headquarters and striking a police vehicle. Police said…

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Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Annual Gala & Auction

Do good while having a good time at the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria’s 38th Annual Gala and Auction at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. The fun begins with a 2-hour open bar reception while mingling with 499 other Alexandrians who

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