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Redoing the math on affordable housing

Redoing the math on affordable housing

(Photo/Derrick Perkins) When our newspaper — really any media outlet — publishes a mistake, we own up to it and correct the record. If not, how could we expect you, our readers, to trust what we [...]

EDITORIAL: $500K for affordable housing barely scratches the surface

EDITORIAL: $500K for affordable housing barely scratches the surface

(Photo/Derrick Perkins) City councilors righted a bit of a wrong Saturday, agreeing to discuss shunting $500,000 in real estate taxes from the National Science Foundation’s future home into efforts to preserve affordable housing. But they could [...]

EDITORIAL: Though not ideal, state intervention is necessary

EDITORIAL: Though not ideal, state intervention is necessary

(File Photo) Local officials and more than a few parents are up in arms at the prospect of the state taking over the struggling Jefferson-Houston School. But after careful consideration and more than a bit of [...]

EDITORIAL: Waterfront lot is boat club’s domain

EDITORIAL: Waterfront lot is boat club’s domain

(File Photo) Frustrated by years of futile negotiations with the Old Dominion Boat Club regarding its waterfront parking lot, Mayor Bill Euille on Tuesday said the city was prepared to use eminent domain. This would be [...]

Editorial: This instant replay is getting old

Editorial: This instant replay is getting old

Perhaps you’ve heard this one before: A young male with obvious mental health issues and previous episodes of violence is able to legally obtain a gun and ends up killing multiple people. Americans are shocked, saddened [...]

EDITORIAL: Presenting a worthy agenda for city council

EDITORIAL: Presenting a worthy agenda for city council

September is the end of summer, but the month also brings new beginnings. It’s the Jewish New Year, the start of school, the onset of some fiscal calendars and the launch of a new Alexandria City [...]

EDITORIAL: Are we still dreamers?

EDITORIAL: Are we still dreamers?

(Photo/The Library of Congress) Milestone anniversaries afford the opportunity to reflect on the past, assess the present and ponder the future. This process can be personal, as when we remember births and deaths within our families. [...]

EDITORIAL: License-plate database is small potatoes in privacy debate

EDITORIAL: License-plate database is small potatoes in privacy debate

(Photo/File Photo) It is certainly tempting to get up in arms about the revelation that local police have — since 2011 — tracked and stored the location of motor vehicles around the city using license-plate readers. [...]

EDITORIAL: If it’s going to be a hotel, let’s make sure it fits

EDITORIAL: If it’s going to be a hotel, let’s make sure it fits

(Image/City of Alexandria) And just like that, the city’s waterfront is back in the spotlight. Two major developments this month could play a major role in what Alexandria’s Potomac shoreline looks like in a few decades. [...]

EDITORIAL: Upping the ante on affordable housing

EDITORIAL: Upping the ante on affordable housing

(Photo/File Photo) For months, if not years, we have urged our elected leaders to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to the city’s rapidly disappearing supply of affordable housing. There have been [...]