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Old 09-15-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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As an Alexandria resident of 7 years, I have to defend my beloved city. Yes, Alexandria has some ugly parts (Rt 1), but what city doesn't? And it's not so ugly that I won't drive there to go to Krispy Kreme! LOL! There is some crime there and in the Landmark area, but every city has crime. And believe me, coming from Atlanta, Alexandria has been like Disney World as far as safety for me. I've never felt unsafe here. The "red brick" is quaint and historical and most people actually come to Alexandria as tourists because it's so unique and beautiful. I agree, Alexandria is hella expensive, and that's the only fault (although it's a big one) I find with it. But that's just my opinion, just like you not liking Alexandria is yours. Just didn't want to discourage anyone who might want to move or visit here, so offering a balanced viewpoint. But yeah, the cost of living DOES stink.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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That's it. If I don't like Alexandria, then I'd be happy no where. If I don't like SE DC or Detroit, I'd be happy nowhere either. It must be because I need to have everything I want.
Well, according to threads you've started, that's my 'opinion' of you. It may be wrong since I don't know you personally but this is what I gather from the threads you've started.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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And it's not so ugly that I won't drive there to go to Krispy Kreme! LOL!
I completely agree! That one always seems to have the hot light on.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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And yeah, Old Town isn't really and truly Metro accessible.
The Metro is a 15 minute walk from Old Town. Ax kept the Metro out because they didn't want a bad element coming in.

Lack of public transportation and limited car parking is a big drawback to the area.
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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"In Old Town, snooty residents fortunate enough to own 3 sq ft of earth can be seen proudly watering their impatiens "

I really like the look of well tended urban town house front yards. In Old town, in Georgetown, in NYC. They have a certain something that big suburban yards lack.
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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"The Metro is a 15 minute walk from Old Town."

Nu? Ive been in town houses in FFX county that were 20 minute walks from the metro, much less safe and pleasant walks than in Old town alex, I might add, that the realtors claimed were "walking distance to the metro".
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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"Ax kept the Metro out because they didn't want a bad element coming in. "

actually I think the path of the RR right of way the metro uses had more to do with the metro route. At the time the metro system was laid out in the late 60s early 70s, old town was pretty much ALL "bad elements"

Perhaps you are thinking of Georgetown?
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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The Metro is a 15 minute walk from Old Town. Ax kept the Metro out because they didn't want a bad element coming in.

Lack of public transportation and limited car parking is a big drawback to the area.
There is a free shuttle bus (looks like an old trolley) that goes from the river up King Street to the King St Metro.

King Street Trolley | T&ES | City of Alexandria, VA

Alexandria's own DASH bus line is very convenient and augments Metrobus service.

http://www.dashbus.com/

Complaining that Old Town lacks for public transportation is silly - it's no less than the public transportation options elsewhere in NOVA.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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The Metro is a 15 minute walk from Old Town. Ax kept the Metro out because they didn't want a bad element coming in.

Lack of public transportation and limited car parking is a big drawback to the area.
It depends on your definition of Old Town. It sounds like yours starts at Washington St./GW Parkway. To me, once you step off the King Street Metro and look to the east, you're essentially in Old Town.

IMO between four DASH bus routes and the free King Street Trolley, Old Town is served pretty well by public transit. Would-be bad elements can still get to the waterfront if they take said buses from the Braddock Road or King Street Metro stops. My guess is that the powers-that-be, partially encouraged by residents I'm sure, didn't want to interrupt the historic flow of the neighborhood by placing a station any further east.

I'll concede that the density of the area doesn't make parking very convenient.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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There is a free shuttle bus (looks like an old trolley) that goes from the river up King Street to the King St Metro.

King Street Trolley | T&ES | City of Alexandria, VA

Alexandria's own DASH bus line is very convenient and augments Metrobus service.

DASH: Welcome Aboard!

Complaining that Old Town lacks for public transportation is silly - it's no less than the public transportation options elsewhere in NOVA.
Once again, I am slow.
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