Archive for 'Opinion'

City council sets dangerous precedent in Harris Teeter deal

City council sets dangerous precedent in Harris Teeter deal

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) Normally, the legal process affords a governing body with a systematic bias plausible cover.  Only occasionally does a matter arise where the governing body must choose between maintaining its systematic [...]

Learning from Alexandria’s past redevelopment mistakes

Learning from Alexandria’s past redevelopment mistakes

By Bert Ely, co-chair, Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront (File photo) I hope you all saw the WETA documentary, “Discovering Alexandria”, which was shown three times earlier this month.  If you missed it, you can see [...]

Editorial: All communities must work to improve race relations

Editorial: All communities must work to improve race relations

(File photo) The issue of race relations in America is so complex and emotionally charged that it is easy to get lost in the weeds. It is a cauldron roiling with a multitude of elements, some [...]

Body cameras prevent mistreatment

Body cameras prevent mistreatment

By Ali Gatlin, Alexandria The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record [...]

Metroway already a great city investment

Metroway already a great city investment

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) Arlington County’s decision to ditch the contemplated Columbia Pike streetcar in the face of continuing opposition, which the developers and speculators lamented, but the residents who might be displaced and [...]

The missing connection in Oakville Triangle

The missing connection in Oakville Triangle

By Alex Phillips, Alexandria (File photo) I am writing to express my disappointment and frustration with city officials who have bowed to a vocal minority of Del Ray residents regarding the development of the Oakville Triangle [...]

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

By Burke Brownfeld, Alexandria (File photo) I am a former cop, but I am also an advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. This puts me in a unique position with the recent high profile cases in [...]

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

(File photo) Many Alexandrians were surprised Monday when news broke that our capable city manager, Rashad Young, is leaving after only three years on the job. Young, 38, can hardly be blamed for jumping at the [...]

Parking in Old Town must help retailers thrive

By Elizabeth Todd, founder, The Shoe Hive; co-founder, The Old Town Boutique District Alexandrians take great pride in our thriving downtown commercial district. Most municipalities our size around the country can only dream of one day building such [...]

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria This detailed view of the intersection of North St. Asaph and Princess streets, lifted from what may be the earliest aerial photograph of Alexandria’s downtown that was taken in 1919, shows one [...]