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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Advocates for greater affordable housing support at a City Council budget hearing (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

Affordable housing has been top of mind for Alexandrians in recent weeks.

Along with fully funding Alexandria City Public Schools’ budget, affordable housing was one of the big discussion points at a budget meeting on Monday. Residents from Arlandria/Chirilagua and other neighborhoods spoke to the City Council about the human impacts of salaries not keeping pace with rising housing costs. Residents shared stories of being forced from their homes as gentrification creeps into the neighborhood.

This year marks the first time since 2010 that assessments on multi-family residential properties have declined, which city staff said could mean rent levels stabilizing, if not declining, thanks in part to widespread new apartment construction. While it’s bad news for the city’s budget, it could be good news for renters if that translates into rent prices remaining stable.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Affordable home ownership lottery for new Old Town development opens this week (9096 views)
  2. Sex offender held without bond after alleged sodomy/abduction in Old Town (3884 views)
  3. Notes: New Parisian-themed wine and beer garden opens in Del Ray (3879 views)
  4. No bond for suspect after allegedly breaking clerk’s nose at West End 7-Eleven (3392 views)
  5. Neighborhood poll reveals widespread opposition to Potomac Yard arena (3168 views)
  6. Alexandria City Council rejects controversial Del Ray ADU proposal (2923 views)
  7. Southern Living ranks Alexandria in Top 25 ‘Best Cities in the South’ (2324 views)
  8. Affordable housing and school funding are top priorities at crowded Alexandria budget meeting (1790 views)
  9. Alexandria City Council advertises maximum 4-cent ceiling for tax rate increase (1777 views)

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