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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

By Tom Fulton, Former chairman, Ad hoc committee on Fort Ward To most Alexandrians, Fort Ward Park represents an opportunity to jog, take a stroll, walk the dog, or simply enjoy a rural setting in an [...]

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

By Octavia Brown, Alexandria (File photo) Honest dialogue and deliberation as to how a city spends taxpayer funds by its citizens and employees is fundamental to how a democracy is supposed to work.  To have the [...]

Food truck task force’s work was cut short by City Hall

Food truck task force’s work was cut short by City Hall

By Katy Cannady, Alexandria (File photo) The recent Alexandria Times article on food trucks (“Digging into Alexandria’s food truck initiative”, November 6) stated that members of the city council-appointed food truck task force “claimed” they were [...]