FYI Alexandria - March 20, 2019

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City Council Eliminates Car Tax Decals

On March 16, the Alexandria City Council voted to eliminate the requirement that vehicle owners display a windshield decal to indicate payment of the personal property tax. Current windshield decals may be removed, and decals will not be issued for future vehicle registrations or renewals. As automated license plate readers, data exchanges, and specialized contractors become more effective ways to administer the tax, the unpopular decal has become less important.

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New Waterfront Park Opens March 30

City Council invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the interim Waterfront Park on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 11 a.m., at 1 King St. The celebration will continue with festivities from 2 to 9 p.m. to mark the opening of Mirror Mirror, a new sound-responsive, interactive public art installation. The new park combines the original King Street Park and Waterfront Park sites with the sites of the former Old Dominion Boat Club building and parking lot to create a seamless transition between Old Town's historic retail corridor and the water.

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City Prepares for Spring with Pothole Patrol and Neighborhood Cleanups

The City is getting ready for warmer weather with its annual spring beautification efforts, including pothole repair, bulk trash collection, and mulch delivery. These City services begin in April, starting with the annual "Pothole Patrol," and Spring Cleanup collections. Following a harsh winter season, the City has devoted additional resources to pothole repair. By adding additional staff overtime, the City aims to repair each pothole within 72 hours of receiving a report. When the City's spring pothole blitz begins on March 25, most potholes will be repaired within 48 hours of report.

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City to Host Meeting on Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan

The City will host the first of a series of community meetings on Monday, April 1, to share information and answer questions related to Virginia Tech's planned Innovation Campus, which will involve updates to the Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Vision Plan. The April 1 meeting will be held at the Oakville Triangle warehouse (444 Swann Ave.), from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting will include a site overview, and topics include the project schedule and process, and a discussion of the academic vision and programming.
NOTE: This meeting has been postponed. For more information, visit

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Alexandria Teen Pregnancy Rate Decreases

The city's adolescent pregnancy rate decreased by 21 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) annual presentation of Alexandria's teen pregnancy data. Health Department Director Dr. Stephen Haering, who recently presented the findings, noted that the work of ACAP and its partners, along with the increased use of long-acting reversible contraceptives contributed to the decline.

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Virtual Information Session on Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

On February 21, the City held a virtual information session with Virginia Tech to outline plans for the university's Innovation Campus in Alexandria, and to answer related questions from the public. The panelists were Stephanie Landrum, President and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership; Karl Moritz, the City's Director of Planning and Zoning; and Brandy Salmon, Founding Managing Director of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus.

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