Community meeting in Alexandria, Virginia on recent homicide in the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood at Charles Houston Rec Center
Recently, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, hundreds of neighbors from the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood and across Alexandria, Virginia attended a community meeting led by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) that addressed the recent ‘shots fired’ calls, shootings and the first homicide of 2015.

APD called the meeting after Shakkan Elliott-Tibbs of Woodbridge was shot and killed in the 700 block of North Fayette Street, which is only a few blocks from where the meeting took place.

APD is asking neighbors to join them for a community meeting on Wednesday, July 29, at 7:00 PM, at Charles Houston Recreation Center. APD will be following up on neighborhood concerns expressed at the community meeting held on July 6.

This incident happened at the Braddock Road Metro Station. Kudos to Metro for taking action on this. Have you ever experienced something like this with a Station Manager?

Via WJLA

Metro is taking action after an altercation between a Metro rider and a Braddock Metro station manager, that was all caught on tape.

In the video, which was filmed back in May, you hear the man say his daughter is going to have an accident if she doesn’t use the restroom.

As the two men are walking, you hear the altercation play out, including the station manager yelling at the man, and the man yelling back “don’t touch me.”
Metro says they apologized to the customer.

Read more at this link.

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Community meeting in Alexandria, Virginia on recent homicide in the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood at Charles Houston Rec Center
Last night at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, hundreds of neighbors from the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood and across Alexandria, Virginia attended a community meeting led by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) that addressed the recent ‘shots fired’ calls, shootings and the first homicide of 2015.

APD called the meeting after Shakkan Elliott-Tibbs of Woodbridge was shot and killed last week in the 700 block of North Fayette Street, which is only a few blocks from where the meeting took place.

The meeting started out in the large meeting room but, organizers quickly realized a bigger room would be needed so they moved the meeting to the gymnasium. You can see more photos from the meeting at this link.

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APD Chief Cook
The Alexandria Police Department (APD) held the first-ever ‘Community Walk with the Chief‘ last night in the West Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia area in the Braddock Road neighborhood and included the James Bland development.

Police Chief Earl Cook, along with APD Commanders, Captains, and Officers, walked in the West Old Town community with residents of the neighborhood to discuss issues in the community. The ‘walkabout’ is modeled after a long-running program the Richmond Police Department instituted.

Last night’s issues the community brought forth included traffic problems (speeding), drug deals/drug use in the neighborhood, disorderly conduct problems, the use of cameras in the neighborhood, and the recent string of ‘shots fired’ calls in the neighborhood. APD plans more walks like this in other areas of the City as the Chief wants to get out and chat with the public. Chief Cook mentioned he’d also like to get his Sector Commanders out more frequently in the community so expect to see more walks like this in the future.

Here are a few photos I took on last night’s walk (see below). You can find more photos at this link.

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Flooding at Braddock Road & North West Street in the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia
Flooding in the Braddock Road neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, especially at the Braddock Road & North West Street intersection seems to be getting worse (see photo above). While residents have identified flooding as a problem (PDF) in the past, what has the City done to rectify the issue?

Check out the photo above, taken by a follower, during last night’s intense storms. Is it just me, or does the flooding in this area of Alexandria seem to be getting worse?

Feel free to sound off about this topic, or any other topic you want to discuss in the comments below.

(Photo by @MollyGannon on Twitter)

City of Alexandria Police Department
Via APD, the Alexandria Police Department investigated a report of ‘shots fired’ in the area of N. Fayette and Wythe Streets (see below) late last night. After witnesses interviewed, probable fireworks. See this update from APD on the recent string of ‘shots fired’ calls.

(Photo by Cliff, on Flickr)

Braddock Interim Open Space - Open!
The City of Alexandria Departments of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities and Planning and Zoning will hold a public workshop and neighborhood walk on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to kick-off planning for the one-acre neighborhood park within the Braddock Metro Area Plan (PDF). The workshop will be held at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The City hired the firm of Andropogon and Associates to work with the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group and community in developing a design concept for the neighborhood park. The workshop will include a brief community walk around the site and opportunities to share and discuss ideas for the park.

Visit the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation project site at this link for additional information about the future of the park, including the guiding principles for design approved by the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group.

For additional information on this workshop, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator at 703.746.5493.

(Flickr Pool photo by DearEdward, on Flickr)

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