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Alexandria Working Against a Slowdown

Alexandria developments hope to reverse job loss trends.

When asked how Alexandria’s doing, interim City Manager Mark Jinks’ reaction is tepid. The good news is that income is high, as is hotel occupancy, but it basically stops there.

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Arlington Aiming To Rebound

Arlington looks for new industries, double-downs on contracting.

With an average of 20 percent office vacancy across the county, it’s clear that the exodus of federal government jobs has impacted Arlington. Local neighborhoods have struggled with their own losses and have, in turn, found a diverse range of solutions to try and rebound.

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Supporting Music in Alexandria Schools

Award-winning violinist helps Alexandria Public Schools play its biggest concert.

Every elementary, middle, and high school in Alexandria, 18 schools in total, came together on Janu. 7 for the biggest concert in the school system’s history: 370 students, 200 of them from local elementary schools, 170 from middle and high schools, participated in Electrify Your Strings (EYS).

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Appalachian Trail: As ‘Wild’ as It Gets for Area Hikers

Film boosts interest in hiking.

After hiking a few miles into the Appalachian Trail's southernmost point in Georgia, Yorktown High School alumnae James Randle came to a realization of what an enormous task he was taking on, attempting a thru-hike on the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

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Bald Eagles at Great Falls Rebuild Fallen Nest

New nest is visible from Potomac, Md. or Great Falls, Va. national parks.

The current pair of adult Bald Eagles at Great Falls have rebuilt their nest, which fell or blew down last spring. For at least 20 years, Bald Eagles, although surely not the same two birds, have been nesting on Conn Island, which is the large tree-covered island in the middle of the Potomac just above the cofferdam, up river from the Great Falls themselves.

Backyard Dreaming

Local tastemakers say winter is the best time to plan an idyllic backyard retreat.

Spring may seem light years away from the frigid January temperatures, and lounging in your backyard is probably the last thing you want to do at the moment, but landscape designers say now is the time to start planning a summer retreat.

2015 New Year Remodeling Resolutions

Improving long-term living needs and future home value.

After all the holiday festivities have passed and the ball has dropped to ring in the New Year, many homeowners are inspired to tackle resolutions that relate to their living space.

Alexandria Real Estate: 2014 Top Sales

Alexandria Real Estate: 2014 Top Sales

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A Kitchen with a View in Arlington

Cramped space transformed into open, airy oasis.

When a local couple decided to purchase a home to accommodate their growing family, they settled on a property in north Arlington. While the charm of the 1960s’ home appealed to them, some of its quirky spaces needed new faces, particularly the kitchen.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 119 homes sold between $1,954,870-$198,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: December, 2014

Springfield Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 128 Springfield homes sold between $816,000-$160,000.

Springfield Home Sales: December, 2014

Reston Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 82 Reston homes sold between $1,220,000-$171,500.

Reston Home Sales: December, 2014

McLean Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 90 homes sold between $4,065,309-$135,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: December, 2014

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 67 homes sold between $1,220,000-$173,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: December, 2014

Great Falls Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 23 Great Falls homes sold between $2,400,000-$573,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: December, 2014

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