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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Former Vice Mayor Bill Cleveland at a protest at City Hall, Aug. 28, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

One of the biggest stories of 2023 for Alexandria will likely be the city’s plans to reshape housing zoning, and this week largely set the board for the upcoming months of discussion and argument.

The city’s Zoning for Housing/Housing for All plan hasn’t officially been unveiled yet, that’s coming at a meeting next Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop it from dominating the conversation this week.

On Monday, a group of Alexandria residents rallied outside of City Hall in protest against the plan. The rally, led by The Coalition for a Livable Alexandria, primarily featured residents expressing concerns about added density likely to come with a push to create more housing units in the city.

The next night, a panel of experts provided a look at the current state of housing in Alexandria, with data showing a steady rise in rents and conversations about how housing supply impacts affordability.

The discussion is likely to continue over the next few months as the plan heads to a final City Council vote on Nov. 28.

The most read stories this week on ALXnow were:

  1. Once a one-stop shop for model trains, Whistle Stop Toy & Hobby in Fairlington now caters to all hobbyists
  2. Four-story apartment building proposed in Old Town Historic District
  3. Notes: Patent and Trademark Office downsizing puts Alexandria’s largest landlord in hot water
  4. Group opposing Alexandria zoning reform hosting rally tonight in Old Town
  5. Alexandria residents rally against controversial Zoning for Housing plan
  6. New sandwich shop opens in Old Town
  7. Alexandria launches public comment process for Eisenhower Avenue changes
  8. UPDATED: Alexandria police investigating multiple shootings
  9. Six months in, Alexandria’s guaranteed income pilot is helping locals with the necessities
  10. Notes: Alexandria police captain files lawsuit over racial bias in promotions

Recent Stories

(Updated 2:25 p.m.) The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is investigating a suspicious death at The Bloom at Braddock Apartments on the 900 block of North Henry Street in the Braddock…

Got any spare drugs? In an effort to curb misuse, Alexandria is asking residents to drop off expired prescription medication on Saturday (April 27). It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back…

Alexandria’s City Council will approve its fiscal year 2025 budget in a little more than a week, and important actions will be taken between now and then. On Wednesday (April…

Alexandria is seeking community feedback on a series of changes to South Pickett Street in the West End, including new pedestrian safety measures and protected bike lanes. The project would…

To celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week (May 6-10, 2024), Clean Air Partners is working with A Few Cool Hardware Stores to exchange DC, Maryland and Virginia residents’ gas-powered lawnmowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers at select Ace Hardware locations in the region. DMV residents who turn in their gas-powered lawn tools will receive a FREE Ego Power+ replacement including batteries and chargers, while supplies last.

Compared to gas, electric lawn equipment can reduce emissions, noise pollution, health risks and maintenance costs and time. The program aims to remove about a hundred gas-powered polluting tools from yards in the greater Baltimore-Washington region.

The exchanges will take place the weekends of May 17-19, 2024, and May 31-June 2, 2024, at A Few Cool Hardware Stores network of employee-owned Ace Hardware stores in the DC and Baltimore metro areas. To participate and get your free Ego Power+ lawn tool, sign up at to reserve your tool and select your trade-in date and location.

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Pro Coro Alexandria – To the Sea

Join Pro Coro Alexandria, the chamber choir of the Alexandria Choral Society, this Saturday for our concert, “To the Sea.” Experience a variety of songs from beloved choral classics like “Shenandoah” and “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?”

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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