Archive for 'Our View'

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

(Photo/Chris Teale) Alexandria may be just a river’s width away from Washington, but like many cities farther south, the city has a very complex history when it comes to race, slavery and the Civil War. In [...]

Our View: Extending meter limits along upper King Street is a good start

Our View: Extending meter limits along upper King Street is a good start

(Photo/Jennifer Powell) City council’s recent decision to allow longer hours at parking meters in West Old Town is good news for patrons and proprietors of businesses in that part of Alexandria. The change, which allows motorists [...]

Our View: Old Town needs its theater

Our View: Old Town needs its theater

(File photo) In the buildup to the release of “Jurassic World” earlier this month, a wry critic noted that the first three “Jurassic Park” movies could be summed up as, “Dinosaurs eat people,” with some of [...]

Our View: A toast to Nora Partlow, the neighborhood coffee pub queen

Our View: A toast to Nora Partlow, the neighborhood coffee pub queen

(Photo/Chris Teale) Today, many residents take Alexandria’s retail corridors like Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray and King Street in Old Town for granted. But they weren’t always hubs of bustling business and activity. Two decades [...]

Alexandria Times endorses Democratic candidates for mayor, delegate

Alexandria Times endorses Democratic candidates for mayor, delegate

This year’s race for the Democratic nomination for mayor has been unprecedented in modern Alexandria politics. In this election, two accomplished, credible challengers — Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg and former Mayor Kerry Donley — oppose incumbent [...]

Editorial: It’s time for resident-only parking around the Carr hotel

Editorial: It’s time for resident-only parking around the Carr hotel

(File images) Waterfront redevelopment is about to start, whether Old Town residents are ready or not. Work on the 120-room Carr City Centers hotel at the foot of Duke Street will begin this fall, which means [...]

Editorial: Body cameras for Alexandria 
police are worth a closer look

Editorial: Body cameras for Alexandria 
police are worth a closer look

(File Photo) Whether you are aware of it or not, police officers often use technology to track our movements and record our behavior. Why can’t we do the same to them? Over the course of the [...]

Editorial: Closure is in sight following Severance murder indictments

Editorial: Closure is in sight following Severance murder indictments

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Nothing rattles a community as much as unsolved violent crimes. Moreover, if those crimes happen to be seemingly random murders, committed across a swath of neighborhoods around midday, nerves give way to terror. Such [...]

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

(File Photo) War is messy. Armies move. Cities fall. Homes burn. People die. War is an unfortunate, but apparently unavoidable, part of the human condition. And it seems to us that — based on the tragic [...]

Editorial: Labor Day provides a much-needed pause

Editorial: Labor Day provides a much-needed pause

This weekend marks the traditional, if not the calendar, end to summer. Though life is never slow in the D.C. area, in July and August the pace is more of a jog than a sprint. From [...]