Old Town needs more attention

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Old Town needs more attention
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By Christa Annett, Alexandria

In response to Jimm Roberts’ recent letter (“We need citywide referendums on costly public projects,” October 2), I wanted to join the disgruntled Old Town residents who resent the lack of input in decisions regarding redevelopment and costly public projects that city councilors, without proper consultation, imposes on taxpayers.

It seems to me that spending on projects that spur economic development takes priority over maintenance and improvements in the historic district — the pride of Alexandria.

Our dismal looking roads are a disgrace and in desperate need of a complete overhaul. Our third world electrical wiring should be underground by now. Our cash-strapped DASH bus service needs restructuring.

Old Town is the showpiece of Alexandria, attracting millions of visitors and supplying us with substantial tax revenue. Unless we agree to give this lovely area the attention it deserves, I worry that our fancy advertisements about the beauty of this town may come as a disappointment to those who visit.

If our elected leaders continue to focus their attention away from our decaying jewel, then they fail their obligation to preserve and protect our historic heritage.

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