Thursday, November 05, 2009

Hot Flashes

True Blue

Detailed election results from Tuesday's races are now available, and not surprisingly voters in the Durant precinct leaned heavily Democratic. Some two-thirds of Durant voters supported gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds while only a third voted for the successful Republican candidate Bob McDonnell. The split was similar for other statewide races. As the Growler and others have observed repeatedly, this is a neighborhood that typically leans left.

So while Tuesday's results are no surprise, we are still left with the question of why Republicans Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes swept the precinct in Council elections earlier this year.

Was that a fluke? Or was it a protest vote, signaling discontent with City policies in our neighborhood?

Say What?

The Growler was puttering around the cave last night half-listening to NBC News 4 at 11, when the furry ears perked up at a story on the City's proposed ban on more sex shops in Old Town.

The Cranky One was dumbfounded to hear Planning & Zoning Director Faroll Hamer telling the reporter that “There is no intention to shut down either one of the existing shops."

But wait a tick. That's not what's in the staff report on the proposed text amendment, which states "The recently opened store at 1017 King Street is different and should not be allowed to remain permanently... and would be required to close after 18 months."

A Streetcar Named ADAM

Neighbors have been reporting receiving E-mails about a kick-off meeting of the "Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition," which will be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 158 of Bisdorf Building at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The meeting will include information about the latest trends in streetcar projects and is advertised as part of a new initiative to create a regional streetcar network to connect Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax Counties.

Who is behind this new group? Our old friend ADAM (Alexandrians Delivering Smart Growth Around Metro Stations).