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Old 11-17-2008, 03:49 PM
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So my wife and I are going to be moving to Alexandria in a couple of weeks. I just got a job at the PTO, and we'll be living nearby, almost across the street from the Eisenhower metro stop. We're really looking forward to the move, but are somewhat apprehensive. Quite a few people have shared some disturbing stories of crime, bad neighborhoods, gang activity, etc going on in the area. I realize that all of these stories need to be taken with a grain of salt, but I'm still somewhat concerned. Is the general area we're moving to safe? Are there any neighborhoods/areas we should avoid? Also, I like to run a lot - if anybody knows of any trails in the area that I could put a few miles in on, I'd appreciate it!
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:53 AM
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The area around PTO is probably the safest dense part of all of Alexandria, which has a pretty low rate of crime overall, so you should be fine. There may be stories about certain parts of Alexandria being bad, but they aren't near PTO.

As for running, I see people jogging around the African-American Heritage Park, and there's also a paved trail along Eisenhower that goes up to Cameron Run Regional Park and beyond.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:30 AM
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As already said, the area around the PTO is safe. Most the problems with crime or gangs are further south on rt. 1 or out near Landmark (i.e. nowhere near you). That area is definitely not a "bad" area and is a good location for enjoying Old Town at a slightly better price. When moving we considered buildings in the Carlyle/Eisenhower complex and really liked what we saw.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:16 AM
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To reiterate what others have said, no problems at all around the PTO. It's a little quiet at night as the retail and nightlife options have not fully developed but Old Town is close enough.

People may have indeed been speaking of the unincorporated section of Alexandria in Fairfax County - as opposed to the City of Alexandria - as being a relatively dangerous place, particularly down the Route 1 corridor. Route 1 is not exactly the OK Corral but if you can afford to live in the Carlyle area then that would certainly be a better choice.
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