Sunday, September 06, 2009

Summer's End

The Growler hopes readers are enjoying this beautiful Labor Day holiday weekend.

All in all, it's been a great summer for the neighborhood. As the Cranky One observed earlier, houses are selling briskly, battered properties are being foreclosed and restored to respectable life, and the corner of Queen and Fayette has never been this peaceful in years. Hunter-Miller Park now truly belong to families and children.

For that, we owe a debt of thanks to the Alexandria Police Department, and to former Chief David Baker who listened to our concerns and took effective action. We hope that the new Chief, Earl Cook, will do the same.

It would be comforting to think that the City is finally on our side. However, the battle for autonomy and respect will have to continue. There are still power players in Alexandria who wish to impose their stale vision on our community.

For those browsing the Web over the weekend, check out a new article in the latest edition of the Old Town Crier, written by Parker-Gray resident and local historian Sarah Becker. Her column this month is about the 100th anniversary of the nation's first planning conference, but has a few pointed observations about planning in our community.