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City council has overreached again with eminent domain threats

City council has overreached again with eminent domain threats

By Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: It didn’t take more than a Texas second for City Councilor Paul Smedberg to make a motion after the 69th speaker, Frank Fannon, had given his [...]

The Business Plan by Bill Reagan: The benefits of shopping local

The Business Plan by Bill Reagan: The benefits of shopping local

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Alexandria’s Black Friday campaign and the national Small Business Saturday promotion are great opportunities for all of us to shop local this holiday season. American Express launched the Small Business Saturday [...]

Police Chief: Rosemont ‘as safe as any community’

Police Chief: Rosemont ‘as safe as any community’

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Though authorities remain without a suspect in the shooting death of transit policy expert Ronald Kirby, Police Chief Earl Cook reiterated at a Thursday neighborhood meeting that Rosemont residents need not [...]

Early business leader blindsided by the Panic of 1819

Early business leader blindsided by the Panic of 1819

(Photo/Library of Congress) Continuing the story of Adam Lynn Jr. from last week’s Out of the Attic — which described his residence at 518-520 King St. — is the nearby “tenement” he built at 532 King [...]

Dealing out public property comes with high risks

Dealing out public property comes with high risks

To the editor: A man dedicated to public service and parks, Bill Dickinson — formerly the head of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority — almost singlehandedly saved Hensley Park from privatization. However, this could happen [...]

A fresh start on North Columbus Street

A fresh start on North Columbus Street

By Derrick Perkins (Image/William Cromley) Local developer William Cromley is headed back to the drawing board after meeting with critics of his plan for a rundown parking lot on the 300 block of N. Columbus St. [...]

Denying accused killer bail exacts punishment before conviction

Denying accused killer bail exacts punishment before conviction

To the editor: The Alexandria Times’ July 11 article by Julia Brouillette (“Patterson denied bond”) relates that a former Arlington County sheriff’s deputy, Craig Patterson, was denied bail in Alexandria Circuit Court. Yes, a death is [...]

A complex proposal

A complex proposal

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) When it comes to the prospect of a massive, privately owned sports complex going up on public parkland, residents say the devil is in the details. The St. James Group, a [...]

Don’t count out T.C.’s best and brightest too early

Don’t count out T.C.’s best and brightest too early

To the editor: Responding to the Alexandria Times article “From T.C to TJ?,” June 27, how dare school board member Pat Hennig denigrate the bright and achieving students of T.C. Williams by saying, “… to be [...]

Staying at home in Alexandria by Jane King

Staying at home in Alexandria by Jane King

Alexandria touts itself as being close-knit as well as environmentally conscious. Yet what you find week after week in its newspapers is the extolling of ‘gentrification’ … ” Most of us who live in Alexandria think [...]