City of Alexandria

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The City of Alexandria has been a smart growth community for over 200 years with its grid of walkable streets and mix of residential, civic, and business activity. Recognizing that the only way to deal with modern traffic and its limited land area is to apply a similar approach today, the city is focused on creating walking and biking-friendly, mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment.

Alexandria is making great strides with investment in new transit corridors and “complete streets” with bike lanes, better sidewalks, and safer crossings. More bike lanes, in particular, will help support the growing number of people who bike to work and around town, including those using Alexandria’s new Capital Bikeshare stations. Redevelopment plans are in place for Braddock Metro, Potomac Yard, the Beauregard Corridor, and parts of the Eisenhower Valley. With the continued attractiveness of the city, Alexandria is also seeking to partner with developers to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing.

Our Work in Alexandria

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

ADUs – including backyard cottages or a small apartment in your main home –offer less expensive housing options than renting or buying a single-family home because of their smaller size. CSG supported Alexandria’s ADU policy as a way to expand housing options, affordability, and accessibility in city neighborhoods. Learn More >>>

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Better walking, biking, and transit

Alexandria continues to work towards Vision Zero designing safer streets, reducing speeding, and completing missing pedestrian and bicycle connections and making transit easier to use and more reliable. In September 2021, the City launched a redesigned DASH network and began offering free fares! The city recently approved an updated Alexandria Mobility Plan focuses on increasing walking, biking, and transit options, while making our streets safer for all users and modes. The city is also undertaking a study, called Duke Street in Motion, to improve mobility options from Landmark Mall to the King Street Metro, including plans for bus rapid transit.

Transit-Oriented Development

Alexandria continues to partner with the community in creating transit-oriented plans for a number of areas in the city. Plans are underway for redevelopment of Landmark Mall into a walkable, mixed use community to include a new NOVA Alexandria Hospital, a transit station, and affordable housing. In addition, plans for Potomac Yard, Braddock Metro, Eisenhower East and Beauregard as coming to fruition. In Potomac Yard we see new development and a walkable grid of streets, the Potomac Yard Metroway, and new Metro station under construction. The Braddock Road Metro neighborhood plan is already resulting in new residential and retail projects transforming an area of warehouses into a revitalized community with public spaces and parks, and pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets. The Eisenhower East plan is expanding upon the Carlyle redevelopment and bringing new residents and retail life to the area.

Potomac Yard Metro Station. Image: City of Alexandria

Latest Happenings

Feedback on Potomac Yard Metro: WMATA hosts public forum near proposed Metro station

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) took the Potomac Yard Metro Station discussion outside of City Hall and into the affected neighborhood for the April 30 public hearing at the Corra Kelly Recreation Center. The project had as many detractors in the crowd of local citizens as it did supporters.

Support for Sherwood Hall Lane bike lanes and traffic calming

We the undersigned organizations are writing in support of the proposal to include bike lanes and other traffic calming measures on Sherwood Hall Lane between Fort Hunt Road and Route 1 as part of the repaving project. The project is an excellent opportunity to improve safety for all users, including those who walk, bicycle and drive along Sherwood Hall Lane. Today the road offers overly wide travel lanes for extended stretches, inviting speeding and putting pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and other drivers at risk.

Are bike lanes safe?

WASHINGTON-- After more than six hours of debate, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a plan to add bike lanes on King Street on Saturday. The plan adds lanes west of the King Street Metro Station between West Cedar Street and Highland Place. The decision culminates months of hotly contested

King Street Bike Lanes testimony to Alexandria City Council

Thank you. My name is Stewart Schwartz, and I am the Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. We are a 17-year-old non-profit and the leading voice for smart growth in the DC region, with expertise in transportation, land use and affordable housing. As a professional, and as a full-time resident of Alexandria for over 20 years and part-time for a few more, I have participated extensively in Alexandria planning including Potomac Yard, the Wilson Bridge, Beauregard, Braddock Metro, and more. I am very familiar with the stretch of King Street in question.

Letter of support for Alexandria’s King Street Bike Lanes

Mayor Euille and Members of Council: I have been quite surprised and concerned that opponents to safe, connected bike lanes on King Street between the Metro and Janneys Lane have elevated the issue to make it a national cause célèbre in conservative circles with extremely hostile OpEds in the Wall Street Journal and the American Spectator. They are bringing negative publicity upon Alexandria and threaten the ability of our city to attract young, well-educated, creative, entrepreneurial workers that are so critical to the future of our economy and tax base. Alexandria has been making great progress in bringing sustainable new development, investing in new transit, setting up bike-sharing, and more, but this particular debate is casting a shadow on that progress and will chase away the creative economy workforce and the businesses they attract...