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Old Town Alexandria Named to Top 10 Downtowns List

Residents "get to experience every day what millions of visitors come to see," according to Livability.com.

Livability.com said: "...anyone walking through Old Town will experience the area's modern, hip vibe." Photo courtesy of Livability.com/by Cameron Davidison
Livability.com said: "...anyone walking through Old Town will experience the area's modern, hip vibe." Photo courtesy of Livability.com/by Cameron Davidison
Old Town Alexandria was named to a Top 10 Downtowns list from Livability, a company that "explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit."

Old Town came in at #5 on the list. Provo, Utah was #4 and Frederick, Md. #6.

Here's what Livability had to say about Old Town: "More than 7,000 people who live in downtown Alexandria, Va., commonly called Old Town, get to experience every day what millions of visitors come to see – one of the best preserved examples of Colonial architecture in the country. Cobblestone streets and century-old buildings evoke memories of the past, but anyone walking through Old Town will experience the area's modern, hip vibe."

The article mentions The Birchmere, Torpedo Factory and Old Town Theater as special arts venues in the area, and lists the median home price at $427,500. The article also mentioned that Old Town has been the setting for date nights for the President and first lady.

Patch Reader March 19, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Thousands of people come in and out of Old Town everyday. 400 additional people are not going to be the ruination of it. From what I've seen of the Olin landscaping plans, further investment along the waterfront will enhance rather than degrade Old Town. The two new hotels will be blocks apart from each other. And many of us have been saying for a long time that we'd like more places to drink and dine along the water, and the proposed development will help with that. Great care and attention has been taken to ensure that plans and architectural details are consistent with Old Town's historic environment. Admittedly, the details of the EYA proposal for Robinson South are too preliminary to determine whether it's right for Old Town, but as far as City Hall's concerned, it's made good choices in developing and implementing the waterfront plan.
Camrn March 19, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Living in Old Town is an exceptional experience, but not for the reasons given in this "rating". Living amidst Colonial architecture is not why we commit to stay. There is no dominant "modern, hip vibe". What makes Old Town worth living in is the easy access, by walking, of numerous gourmet grocery stores that are well-priced; friendly, intelligent and funny neighbors; a sense of shared values for things that really matter; ease of access to peaceful river parks (soon to be disrupted by massive over building), and large trees and charming small gardens. No surprise we came in number 5 -- the infill building has been without character or distinction; small merchants are being "priced out of the market" by chain stores; the lifestyles and upscale preferences of Old Town's taxbase are being completely ignored - despite well-done and credible market studies.
JamesOnThePotomac March 19, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Patch Reader - You are nothing more than a shameless builder trying to cover his tracks.
Patch Reader March 19, 2014 at 09:34 PM
James: You're wrong, but I'm glad to know you hold me in such high regard.
Scooby's Doo March 19, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Stay classy people.

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