Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!
☀️ Today’s weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 5 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5 to 14 mph becoming north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
🚨 You need to know
ALXnow isn’t the only one doing a public survey: the City of Alexandria launched a new questionnaire for the new Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative.
The Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative is a an ambitious overhaul of the city’s zoning code with an eye toward rebuilding it from the ground up with an emphasis on affordability and equity.
The Zoning for Housing side of things focuses on expanding housing production and affordability in general.
The Housing for All component, meanwhile, looks at the history of discriminatory housing policies that can still be seen in home ownership across the city. The goal of the initiative is to try to mitigate the effects of past exclusionary zoning.
The change comes at an interesting — if contentious — time for housing zoning discussions. In Arlington earlier this year, the County Board voted on changes that would allow multifamily structures in what was formerly considered single-family zoning.
Alexandria’s questionnaire asks what types of housing the city needs more of and opinions on whether the city needs to expand the range of affordability.
The questionnaire is open until Monday, June 19.
📈 Tuesday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 23, 2023.
- Alexandria retunes financing as Landmark Mall site infrastructure costs jump 40% (3018 views)
- Police Chief says there’s a ‘plethora’ of guns on the streets of Alexandria | ALXnow (1189 views)
- Fair warning, driving this weekend is likely to be a pain (1108 views)
- New tool helps Alexandrians find off the beaten path public art (186 views)
🗞 Other local coverage
- Kismet Modern Indian Unveils New Spring Menu
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 4:05 pm)
- Beautiful Sunsets, Sunrises In VA, DC Result Of Canadian Wildfires
Patch (Tuesday @ 12:57 pm)
- Public Art Is All Around Alexandria. Learn More About What You See With New Interactive Tool
Zebra (Tuesday @ 12:46 pm)
- Virginia Railway Express Goes Free On Fridays During Summer
Patch (Tuesday @ 12:01 pm)
- Arts & Crafts Fair Set for June 3
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 7:35 am)
- Growth & Healing Hub Opens to Serve Youth with Mental Health Needs
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 7:19 am)
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
- 5:00 pm: Music in the Beer Garden
- 8:30 pm: Late Night Trivia
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Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.
Spring Fling at Rising Sol Yoga School
Join us for a day of FREE hot yoga. Experience our class styles and meet our teachers. Buy a bite at the Bake Sale to benefit The Carpenter’s Shelter, peruse some special vendors, take advantage of in-person only discounts on