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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

This week, Alexandria officials dove in on several major issues around town, from responding to crime to dealing with declining school enrollment.

In the same week as Alexandria saw more high-profile crimes — an armed robbery and armed carjacking — Alexandria Police Department Assistant Chief Easton McDonald said the department will be increasing its presence in high-crime areas, having weekly walks through neighborhoods where major crimes are occurring, and organizing more community cook-outs.

Meanwhile, city and school leaders reviewed a report indicating that stagnation in student enrollment is a trend rather than a post-Covid anomaly.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Police investigating armed carjacking in Old Town, vehicle recovered in Fairfax
  2. Police respond to another shots fired and armed robbery over the weekend
  3. Alexandria public school enrollment stagnation puts scrutiny on capacity-boosting projects
  4. Alexandria Police unveil strategy to combat crime surge
  5. Alexandria officials say some property owners discriminating over eviction assistance
  6. No bond for Fairfax County man arrested for West End shooting and allegedly eluding police
  7. Cut-through no more: Duke Street changes yield significant results for nearby residential streets
  8. Coastal Flood Watch issued for Alexandria
  9. Notes: Alexandria City High School expansion hits construction milestone
  10. Detroit-style pizza chain coming to Lynhaven

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