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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

A new mural by El Mac at the corner of 901 King Street in Old Town (staff photo by James Cullum)

It was a busy week for meetings in Alexandria.

There was a seven-hour meeting on Tuesday where the City Council voted to move forward with the design for the Duke Street Transitway. The Transitway will reconfigure portions of Duke Street to have center-running bus lanes, along with a host of other transit and pedestrian/cyclist improvements. At the meeting, the plan had its share of supporters, detractors, and those in the middle who supported parts or nearly all of the plan but had specific concerns about pieces of the proposal.

A City Council-School Board joint work session also became tense after city leaders expressed frustration over a “contingency” in the Alexandria City Public Schools budget that held some funding in reserve unless the City of Alexandria adhered to a set of demands from the school district. The School Board voted on Wednesday to replace the language in the operating budget to remove that contingency.

At any rate, we’re tired and the boss is on vacation today, so we’re heading out early. We’ll see you on Wednesday!

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Police: Argument at Alexandria City High School led to teens shooting each other
  2. There’s a new mural at 901 King Street in Old Town
  3. Alexandria City Council votes to move forward with Duke Street Transitway after marathon meeting
  4. Senators Warner and Kaine task Southern Towers owners to resolve eviction conflict with residents
  5. Next stop for the Duke Street Transitway: Alexandria’s City Council
  6. Man assaulted and robbed inside McDonald’s on S. Van Dorn Street
  7. What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: June 30- July 4
  8. Alexandria wins fight against water company over surcharge
  9. Alexandria School Board walking back budget ‘contingency’ after scuffle with City Council
  10. JUST IN: Alexandria Police searching along Four Mile Run for grand larceny suspect

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