Dennis Jaffe's Blog

For Your Mom, Grandfather & Niece: Share the Road

09/12/2011 by Dennis Jaffe

What would you like to see done to make our families safer while traveling on foot or on two wheels from Point A to Point B around Alexandria? There are plenty of relevant folks who your ideas might relate to – drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, City planners, state or federal government, real estate developers, our schools or even the insurance industry.


A bicycle hitching post in Old Town, Photo courtesy of Kevin Harber

Environment, Health, Neighborhoods Bicycling, bike safety, biking, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, walking

On, Before and After Labor Day: We Got a Job To Do

09/02/2011 by Dennis Jaffe

 Since Labor Day is "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers" -- and we're all about taking ACTion to improve the quality of life here in Alexandria -- what resources would you recommend to someone look

Alexandria, jobs, labor day, unemployment

An unwelcome guest: How are you preparing for Hurricane Irene?

08/26/2011 by Dennis Jaffe


The key word for today is: Today. 

We won’t know until after she’s gone whether we over-prepared or under-prepared. The prediction for the weekend? She will hit us hard with wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour. 

Get. Your. Home. Ready. Today.

The City of Alexandria provides useful storm updates at, Twitter, Facebook and also by subscribing to its eNews service.

Hurricane Irene is expected to hit our area with heavy rains and gusty winds as early as Saturday evening. 

Food & Shelter, Neighborhoods Alexandria, hurricane irene, prepare, safety, virginia

CANCELED: Martin Luther King Rally & March

08/26/2011 by Dennis Jaffe

martin_luther_king_memorialForty-eight years in the making, the historic official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will have to wait till early Fall. From Dr. King's own prophetic words, "we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

I suppose Hurricane Irene is historic in her own way, too. Anticipation of the storm resulted in postponement of Saturday's march and rally, and the official dedication ceremony planned for Sunday. Some activities today and Saturday are still on, listed below.

Neighborhoods Alexandria NAACP, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Alexandria's a lovable city. And one of the “Most Livable” too.

08/16/2011 by Dennis Jaffe


The City of Alexandria and the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria were recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2011 City Livability Awards.

The award recognizes the leadership, creativity and innovation by Mayor Bill Euille in developing and implementing programs that improve our quality of life in Alexandria. Former mayors selected this year’s winning cities from a pool of over 200 applicants.

Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods Carrie Fesperman, city livability, city of alexandria, Mayor Bill Euille, most livable cities, partnership for a healthier alexandria