Manager's Report - April 25, 2014

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Spring Street Smart Campaign Launches

Street Smart is an annual public education, awareness and behavior change campaign in the Washington, D.C., region.  The spring campaign, which takes place from April 14 to May 11, uses radio, newspaper, transit advertising, public awareness efforts, and law enforcement to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition to the region-wide awareness initiative, Alexandria conducts pedestrian and bicycle trainings for all DASH bus drivers, holds targeted enforcement events at problem intersections, provides safety information at Local Motion events, and posts safety messages in English and Spanish on DASH buses. 

Update: Citywide Street Sweeping & Spring Cleaning

Litter, debris, and leftover grit from winter’s road maintenance can clog storm sewers and pollute our lakes and rivers. Each year at the beginning of spring, crews from the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services increase efforts to clean city streets, helping to keep our neighborhoods and commercial corridors clean and protect our waterways. This year’s effort began March 24 and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete at least one pass of cleaning the City’s 560 lane miles of streets. To date, staff has worked approximately 21 days during March and April, sweeping and cleaning a total of 95 lane miles.  Additionally, more than seven tons of grit and debris have been collected and disposed. City crews are posting “No Parking” signs in some neighborhoods and conducting commercial corridor sweeping, which will take place at night from 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.  Residents may request street cleaning on their block by using Call.Click.Connect., or by calling 703.746.4357 (HELP).

All Alexandria Reads: When Washington Was in Vogue

Alexandria Library invites its community to read When Washington Was in Vogue, by Edward Christopher Williams, in April and May.  The book is a feature of the Library’s annual “one book, one community” spring event, All Alexandria Reads (AAR).  The lost novel, recently republished, depicts the vibrant social life of Washington’s upper class African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and jazz age. AAR enters its seventh year of creating shared experiences through reading, featuring programs and discussions that relate to the themes of the book. The time period of the novel serves as the cultural backdrop that led up to the 1939 Alexandria Library sit-in, which the institution celebrates in its 75th anniversary year.

City of Alexandria Observes Days of Remembrance

The City of Alexandria will observe the Days of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah, for the victims of the Holocaust at noon on Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Market Square, 301 King Street. This year’s theme is “Memory, Arts, and the Future,” and the Ceremony Speaker is Susan Johnson, PhD, Head of School for Commonwealth Academy. The Alexandria City Council hosts the annual ceremony as part of the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, April 27, through Sunday, May 4. This is the 27th consecutive year that the City has held the Days of Remembrance ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Vola Lawson Lobby on the first floor of City Hall, 301 King St. For additional information, contact the Office of Special Events at 703.746.4343.

New National Science Foundation Headquarters Chosen as “Best Real Estate Deal of 2013”

The Washington Business Journal has selected the new National Science Foundation headquarters in Alexandria as the “Deal of the Year” in its roundup of “Best Real Estate Deals of 2013.”  The write-up called the NSF’s search “as intense as they come.”

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