ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria


Del Ray residents form a chain around a tree in Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Del Ray, June 22, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

This week’s highlight was a cross-section of some of the most popular ALXnow topics: crime, zoning, and local restaurants.

The top story was a pair of thefts at 7-Elevens that occurred almost concurrently across town. The first was a burglary at 2018 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray where the suspects allegedly broke into the store’s ATM. In the second, three men in all-black entered the 7-Eleven at 4610 Kenmore Avenue and one displayed a handgun and demanded cash.

One of the other big topic this were changes coming to Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. The park is going through a number of changes that aim to make it usable for more of the year, though there were concerns about things like the synthetic turf creating a heat island. ALXnow readers were pretty divided on whether or not the synthetic turf change is a positive one.

The other major change at the park that sparked some outrage is the removal of an old oak tree — though the exact age of the tree is debated. The tree is one of 40 being removed from the park to create expanded parking and bleachers.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Burglary and robbery at two Alexandria 7-Elevens Thursday morning
  2. What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: June 23-25
  3. Notes: New townhouse project on Seminary Road to start development next month
  4. Mount Vernon Trail-adjacent office could become cyclist-themed outdoor venue
  5. Arlandria bar Hops N’ Shine emerges from City Council battle with mixed results
  6. Alexandria City Council settles turf war over Simpson Park
  7. Benny Diforza’s Pizza is coming to Del Ray
  8. Del Ray residents decry tree removal at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park
  9. Notes: Indian Prime Minister visits Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood
  10. Permit filed for Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Alexandria’s West End