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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

City Council and Planning Commission members reviewing Zoning for Housing/Housing for All proposal (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

Alexandria kicked off the start of its legislative session with a bang: the debut of the Zoning for Housing/Housing for All proposals.

The program aims to reshape major parts of Alexandria’s zoning policies to boost affordability and accessibility in local housing. Some of the proposals grabbed headlines, such as the elimination of single-family-only zoning, but others were dubious of the proposed changes.

More details also emerged on the WestEnd Alexandria project replacing Landmark Mall, such as permits for a new central plaza, playground and more.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Notes: Alexandria woman competing on ‘Golden Bachelor’ show for single seniors (12356 views)
  2. Pavilions, open space and more retail proposed for old Landmark Mall site (8291 views)
  3. JUST IN: Alexandria zoning overhaul gets lukewarm reception from city leaders at public debut (5492 views)
  4. Alexandria karate studio battles Fairfax zoning to open dojo near Springfield (4280 views)
  5. Notes: Outlandish new ‘Milkshake Bar’ opens in Old Town (3796 views)
  6. Notes: Patent and Trademark Office downsizing puts Alexandria’s largest landlord in hot water (3,422 views)
  7. EXCLUSIVE: City manager’s office stripped grievance panel’s authority amid police hiring controversy (2610 views)
  8. Poll: What do you think of the new Zoning for Housing/Housing for All proposals? (1,414 views)
  9. Alexandria City Council to consider permanently allowing big events on consecutive weekends (1,327 views)
  10. Alexandria City Manager appoints new Director of Transportation and Environmental Services (1,317 views)

Recent Stories

A 34-year-old Alexandria man has been charged with allegedly attempting to abduct a woman in Old Town earlier this month. At around 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, a 30-year-old…

Is the Alexandria School Board too big? Should their elections be staggered and three-year terms increased? The entire structure of the Alexandria School Board could soon be upended, as these…

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (600 Wolfe Street) is hosting a pair of staged reading events over the next two weeks to commemorate the murder of Matthew Shepard and raise…

Alexandria Police are investigating a robbery outside a Bank of America ATM  in the West End. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 30) in the 500…

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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