This space has been quiet for some time. Two years ago we moved to Alexandria to raise our family. We needed a bigger house, better schools, less crime, easier parking, etc. We miss our neighbors and the neighborhood. We miss the vibrancy of city life: the restaurants, the galleries, the shops. An ideal place to live would combine the best of both worlds. For now, we'll try to bring a little bit of the best of city to the suburbs.
Also in the past two years, the city council in their infinite wisdom repealed the vacant property tax. "Unintended consequences" was the supposed reason. Allegedly, some occupied residences were mistakenly classified as vacant. People have written to this blog claiming as such but refuse to give their addresses even though real estate tax records are open to the public. Repealing the tax is throwing the baby out with the bath water. I suspect developers, like felon Douglas Jemal, objected to the recent uptick in enforcement and applied pressure on their favorite city councilmen (Jack, Mike). The tax could have brought in $150 million a year.
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