Afternoon Links: Alexandria Aces, Eiffel Tower of Old Town, and More

by Lee Hernly, Editor
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For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area. Here are five (5) news items that caught our eye.

In the News:

Is this historic building remodel the ‘Eiffel Tower’ of Old Town? No one at the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting on July 5 had any reservations about replacing the aged and dilapidated structure at 1604-1614 King Street that currently houses the Gazette Packet and the Dust Farm skate shop and museum. But the ongoing question is whether the new building should stick to the historic stone facade or take a risk on iron latticework. For local residents and members of the BAR, it’s a decision that will set precedent for the future architecture of upper King Street. (Alexandria Gazette)

Union group trying to stop Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, sees Amazon the way some Rust Belt workers see global trade — as a threat to American jobs. (WaPo)

Metro Riders Take Advantage of ‘Tap In – Tap Out’ Metrorail riders have a lot to gripe about lately. Higher fares, fewer rush hour trains and shorter operating hours top the list of complaints, but commuters are taking advantage of one of WMATA general manager Paul Wiedefeld’s first customer-friendly initiatives. (WAMU)

Alexandria Aces Lose to Bethesda in Cal Ripken League Classic  In a 15-inning marathon, the Bethesda Big Train tied the Alexandria Aces at the top of the division as they walked off the Aces 6-5. (Mont. Co. Sentinel)

Speed cameras debuted on the Beltway today Speed cameras are coming to the Capital Beltway for the first time in its history. MDOT spokesman Charlie Gischlar told WMAL that the cameras will be installed in a work-zone near Suitland Road, on the southeast portion of the Beltway, as part of a bridge replacement project. (WMAL)

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