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Notes: Alexandria considering new dedicate bike lane connecting Duke Street and Eisenhower Avenue

Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: The forecast for Friday includes sunny conditions with a high temperature near 81 degrees. A north wind will blow at around 7 mph. During Friday night, the weather will be clear with a low temperature of around 59 degrees, accompanied by an east wind ranging between 3 to 6 mph.

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Holland Lane project map (image via City of Alexandria)

Holland Lane isn’t as flashy as the Duke Street or Eisenhower Avenue that bookend it, but Alexandria still might show the street a little love amid improvements to the two other streets.

Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services tweeted yesterday that the city is collecting feedback on what could make Holland Lane better.

“Both the adopted Eisenhower East Small Area Plan and the Proposed Bicycle Network in the adopted Alexandria Mobility Plan call for a dedicated bicycle facility on Holland Lane,” the city’s website said. “A bike lane would not only improve safety for people biking, but could create opportunities for enhanced pedestrian crossings and traffic calming as well.”

Earlier this year, the City of Alexandria voted to move forward with a new transitway on Duke Street — though it will be west of where Duke intersects with Holland Lane. Alexandria’s also in the early stages of planning for changes to Eisenhower Avenue.

📈 Thursday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Aug 31, 2023.

  1. Notes: Patent and Trademark Office downsizing puts Alexandria’s largest landlord in hot water
  2. New sandwich shop opens in Old Town
  3. Alexandria police ask for help identifying suspects in Saturday’s shooting in Old Town

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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).

ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.

This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.

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If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!

In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!

We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.

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Family Fun Fall Fest

Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!

This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA

2023 Alexandria Fall Festival

Food trucks, bounce houses, pony rides, magic shows and more at the 2023 Alexandria Fall Festival, an Alexandria Living event presented by The Patterson Group. Join us at River Farm on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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