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OUT OF THE ATTIC: Recalling the final resting place 
for escaped slaves

OUT OF THE ATTIC: Recalling the final resting place 
for escaped slaves

(Photo/City of Alexandria) After the Union occupation of Alexandria in May 1861, the celebratory mood of secession quickly turned to despair and residents who supported the Confederacy fled southward. But by 1862, Alexandria had become a [...]

Senior Corner: Did you know that hoarding is a recognized medical condition

Senior Corner: Did you know that hoarding is a recognized medical condition

By John D. Catlett Did you know that hoarding is a recognized medical condition? It is associated with various obsessive-compulsive disorders, but there’s not a single known cause. Hoarding has become more prevalent in recent years [...]

Out of the Attic: What happened to one of Washington’s 
local watering holes?

Out of the Attic: What happened to one of Washington’s 
local watering holes?

(Photo/Library of Congress)  The public open space today known as Market Square was a jumble of buildings in the 19th and early 20th centuries and bisected by two alleyways. Sharpskin Alley connected North Fairfax and Royal [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: Giving where your heart is

Alexandria in ACTion: Giving where your heart is

By John Porter Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, a special time to demonstrate our love for those who mean the most to us in a variety of creative ways — big and small. Love is certainly a [...]

My View: Do we believe in second chances?

My View: Do we believe in second chances?

By Burke Brownfeld (Stock Photo)  Over the last few months, I have tried to come to a better understanding of what happens when a once-incarcerated person is released and confronts the daunting task of returning to [...]

Out of the Attic: The house that George didn’t build

Out of the Attic: The house that George didn’t build

(Photo/Library of Congress) Originally built by former President George Washington, the small house at 508 Cameron St. still pays homage to its 18th-century heritage — down to the last detail. The work is good enough that [...]

MY VIEW: The uphill battle of finding work after prison

MY VIEW: The uphill battle of finding work after prison

By Burke Brownfeld (File Photo)  Several months ago, I went on a quest to understand the challenges faced by ex-offenders returning home from prison. As a former police officer, I understand the business of fighting crime [...]

Move Along: Upending the social order on our roads

Move Along: Upending the social order on our roads

By Jonathan Krall (File Photo)  While not intentional, biking and walking upset the transit social order. According to conventional thinking, roads are for cars, slow drivers are “bad drivers,” and cyclists and pedestrians should stay out [...]

Out of the Attic: A victim of urban renewal

Out of the Attic: A victim of urban renewal

(Photo/HABS/Library of Congress) The First National Bank opened its doors at 503-507 King St. 100 years ago, featuring architecture in a classic revival style with bronze and marble details as well as modern safety enhancements. Located [...]

MY VIEW: Catching criminals is one thing; releasing them is another

MY VIEW: Catching criminals is one thing; releasing them is another

By Burke Brownfeld (Stock Image)  When I was an Alexandria police officer, I spent my days navigating rough neighborhoods and hunting down wanted felons. I caught the 14-year-old kid who had just shot another teenager in [...]