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Out of the Attic: From opulent home to military hospital and back again

(Photo/Library of Congress) The massive Italianate villa dating back to the Civil War visible in this photograph still stands at 511 Wolfe St. In the early 19th century, a much smaller, two-story wood-frame house — owned [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: It all adds up to a better Alexandria

Alexandria in ACTion: It all adds up to a better Alexandria

By John Porter (File Image) Time for a quiz: What do the following numbers mean for Alexandria? 24 — 9 — 7,516 — 9,969 — 121 — 1,031,282. No, they are not the winning numbers for [...]

The Business Plan: Every week is Small Business 
Week in Alexandria

The Business Plan: Every week is Small Business 
Week in Alexandria

By Bill Reagan The week of May 12 will be celebrated as Small Business Week across the nation. It is a time to highlight the importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy. Alexandria has reason [...]

A dyed-in-the-woll Alexandria

A dyed-in-the-woll Alexandria

(Photo/Library of Congress) William Gregory III, the eldest son of a respected wool factory owner of Kilmarnock, Scotland, was born in that city in March 1789. He came to Alexandria in 1807 to work as a [...]

Out of the Attic: From cutting edge to obsolete in a decade: Hotel George Mason

Out of the Attic: From cutting edge to obsolete in a decade: Hotel George Mason

In the mid-20th century, the primary lodging house in Alexandria was the elegant Hotel George Mason, built in 1929 on South Washington Street. It was just across Prince Street from the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office, [...]

The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path

The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path

By Bill Reagan What do I want to do when I grow up? It’s a question that is often asked by adults in jest, but the reality is that relatively few adults approach career choices methodically. [...]

Out of the Attc: The road to Alexandria’s commercial success

Out of the Attc: The road to Alexandria’s commercial success

Despite its short length, Commerce Street, the diagonal thoroughfare connecting King and Duke streets between South Peyton and Fayette streets, has a long and colorful history. The three-block long street is associated with the area known [...]

My View: Taking military intervention off the table is a strategic mistake

My View: Taking military intervention off the table is a strategic mistake

By Denise Dunbar (File Photo) I recently saw a bumper sticker that read, “War is not the answer.” Could five words strung together possibly be more inane? Of course, we all wish there was no such [...]

My View: How a prank almost sunk the Port City

My View: How a prank almost sunk the Port City

By Daniel Lee (File Photo) Taking military intervention off the table is a strategic mistake When seven British warships dropped anchor along Alexandria’s waterfront in late August 1814 (yes, the War of 1812 lasted past New [...]

Senior Corner: Designing roads for 
an aging population

Senior Corner: Designing roads for 
an aging population

By Jerry King If you follow transit issues in this city, no doubt you have heard the term “complete streets” tossed around. But what is it and how does it apply to seniors? The complete streets [...]