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Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« on: April 03, 2014, 03:00:01 AM »
Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia



Alexandra, VA is the epitome of a virbant multimodal friendly urban community. Like many communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, its neighborhoods are compact and walkable.  However, unlike what many Jaxsons envision urban living to be, the city's buildings are generally low-rise, despite having a population density of nearly 10,000 residents per square mile.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 08:57:05 AM »
The Torpedo Factory, I trust, is a prototype for what the Artery folks have in mind for the Armory.
The tourist would realize at once that he had struck the Land of Flowers - the City Beautiful!

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 09:44:39 AM »
Alexandria just last month resolved an issue that had been blocking the redevelopment of their waterfront, so things should begin moving now:

https://www.alexandriava.gov/Waterfront

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The city’s waterfront plan, which passed after a pitched battle in early 2012, aims to remake the Old Town waterfront into a busier, more pedestrian-friendly and publicly accessible space. New hotels, residences and some retail development are expected.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/alexandria-is-likely-to-act-on-waterfront-plan/2013/10/07/55d41b26-2f99-11e3-bbed-a8a60c601153_story.html

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 10:05:24 AM »
Old Town Alexandria was my first stop out of college.  I was blown away by being able to get to the Smithsonian in 10 minutes without a car.  That's really the only time we used Metro, though.  Otherwise, it was much, much easier to do our big (non-grocery) shopping by car in the Huntington area five minutes away. Crossing the beltway on Richmond Highway into the Huntington area feels like Jacksonville.  It seems pretty unsafe for pedestrians and is unbelievably auto-centric.  Add that to the fact that we taught at a school in Anacostia (SE DC) and we only used Metro on weekends.  The way the Metro is set up, we would have to ride all the way in to Central DC (L'Enfant Plaza) and then back out of the city to Anacostia.  A 10 minute car ride turned into a 50 minute Metro ride.  So, even in a city with so many transit options, we couldn't live in Old Town and work where we worked and effectively use public transit to commute. 

Granted, most people that live in Old Town are not commuting to the ghetto, but still.   ::)

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 01:02:00 PM »
Page 2 pic of the George Washington Masonic Memorial shows an old Coca-Cola Building on the left..
Looks about the same size as the one that sitting empty in the Springfield Warehouse District..
Has anyone been inside to see the condition of the structure?  I'd love to see that building saved!

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 11:41:44 PM »
Very informative article. It seems like Alexandria gets all the right breaks to make it the destination it is. First Metro's having the Blue/Yellow line routed along the CSX right of way may have under-served Alexandria transit-wise, but it helped the center city keep it's historic feel giving it a more hipper, trendier vibe. And then the decision to redevelop all that abandoned rail yard land around King St. station paid off in spades when the US Patent Office decided to consolidate all their operations there.

To add to all that, the new billion-dollar MGM Grand casino being built across the river has the potential of bringing even more visitors to Old Town Alexandria - a great escape for tourists seeking a more charming and authentic shopping/dining/nightlife experience compared to the antiseptic, cookie-cutter blandness that is called National Harbour.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2014, 01:47:30 PM »
Alexandria is essentially the St. Augustine of Washington: it's not too far south, has lots of touristy things to do, and retains a sense of its historic roots and character.  However, it can be easily reached by Metro, train, bike or bus (and supposedly, soon by BRT). 

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2014, 01:53:00 PM »
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"Crossing the beltway on Richmond Highway into the Huntington area feels like Jacksonville.  It seems pretty unsafe for pedestrians and is unbelievably auto-centric. "

I couldn't agree more.  When I lived in Huntington last year because of Metro access and rental affordability, one goes from a very quaint but effective urban setting in Alexandria to the Southside/Phillips intersection without the mall in Huntington (although there is the Super-WalMart).  It's an absolute traffic nightmare, and becomes difficult and even unsafe to walk or bike.  I cannot tell you how many times I had thought my life was done crossing intersections in Huntington.  There are so many unneccesary stop lights and odd-angled intersections that it just make everything a nightmare.  Cross just north of the Beltway, and the problems seem to mysteriously disappear. 

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2014, 11:37:31 PM »
Lived in Alexandria for a year recently. It's not all as nice as pictured.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Alexandria, Virginia
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2016, 08:09:18 PM »
Having a good italian dinner in Alexandria tonight in Old Town.

Enjoying it! Not sure about anyone else, but I am liking it down by the Torpedo Factory.