Alexandria, Virginia: Duke and Van Dorn Streets to Get Makeovers with road diets

It will be a while before bulldozers start ripping up asphalt making room for plant-filled medians with bike and scooter lanes, but change is finally coming to Alexandria’s West End.

In a four-hour community discussion Saturday, January 26, planners at last laid out some concrete specifics for the future, thanks to the parcel, including Sears, finally being under the ownership of one entity, the Howard Hughes Corporation. As City Manager Mark Jinks remarked, “Negative market forces and the divided ownership of the 51-acre Landmark Mall site have prevented the City’s adopted plans from being implemented over the last two decades, [but] the timing is now right for re-planning so that the mall site can be redeveloped.”