Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!
☀️ Today’s weather: Expect sunshine and a high of 48 degrees during the day, accompanied by a gentle north wind blowing at 3 to 6 mph. The night will be mostly clear, with the temperature dropping to a low of around 31 degrees and calm winds.
🚨 You need to know
A consultant report (page 19) about the new Potomac Yard arena found the nearby Metro station could see crowding of 60-90 minutes after events unless significant upgrades are made to the station, NBC4 reported.
A transportation plan presented last week said a widened bridge, new escalators, and additional fare gates would be added to the station. Those upgrades are estimated to cost between $35 million and $70 million.
Even with the new escalators and fare gates called for in the transportation plans for the site, NBC reported the station could still have heavy crowding for 30-45 minutes after events.
Despite prior concerns raised by Metro GM Randy Clarke, the Potomac Yard Metro station has been one of the central pillars of the arena development’s transportation plans — especially given that the arena will have deliberately low levels of parking to encourage the use of public transit.
📈 Tuesday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Feb 6, 2024.
- Woodrow Wilson Bridge opening planned Thursday night (4285 views)
- E. Glebe Road closed after vehicle overturned in Lynhaven neighborhood (3065 views)
- Man out on bond after allegedly brandishing handgun and assaulting neighbor in Braddock area (2307 views)
🗞 Other local coverage
- APPLY NOW: Alexandria’s Office of the Arts Accepting Applcations for Program Grants
Zebra (Tuesday @ 6:44 pm)
- Alexandria City High School Hosts America’s Largest Indoor Rowing Championship
Zebra (Tuesday @ 3:21 pm)
- National Rowing Competition Draws 1,500 Athletes To Alexandria
Patch (Tuesday @ 1:00 pm)
- New Restaurant Planned At Closed Rubia’s Tacos Location
Patch (Tuesday @ 12:12 pm)
- Presidents Day at Mount Vernon Features Free Admission, Presidential Library Open House, Historical Demonstrations, and More
Zebra (Tuesday @ 10:43 am)
- Alexandria Cancer Survivor To Stand Up 24 Hours For Cancer Fundraiser
Patch (Tuesday @ 10:21 am)
- New Pop-Up Retail Space to Open This Spring
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 6:48 am)
- NCO Creative’s Art Loft Opens
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 6:44 am)
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
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A look at the smallest and largest homes sold in Alexandria last month, January 2024.
The City of Alexandria wants federal help to make the stretch of Seminary Road northwest of I-395 safer. The City Council is slated to review a grant application to the…
Here’s your weekly look at the events, live music, and entertainment that are happening around Alexandria this weekend; enjoy! Are you organizing an event? Submit events to ALXnow. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY…
While pro-Potomac Yard arena advocates and lobbyists are making the rounds in Richmond, a group of locals are also knocking on doors in the legislature fighting against the arena. Former…
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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM
Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.
Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.
Again this year, The Critical Mass, LLC, the Made in ALX store and local Ukrainian-American artists are throwing a Pysanky Party — and partnering on a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Razom for Ukraine.
The free event, from 5 –