Alexandria is a City of vibrant neighborhoods. The Old Town North neighborhood has its own unique character and rich history. Located in the northeastern park of the City, Old Town North is bordered by the Potomac River to the east, Oronoco Street to the south, the southern end of Daingerfield Island to the north, and Washington Street generally to the west. Old Town North is home to two important cultural institutions – The Art League and MetroStage – as well as businesses in the creative sectors and to residents who enjoy the cultural activities that take place in the area. In April 2018, City Council approved the establishment of an Arts and Cultural District in Old Town North, one of the Small Area Plan’s implementation recommendations.
The Old Town North Small Area Plan establishes North Fairfax Street as an Arts Corridor, where public art installations and arts and cultural uses are concentrated to create a critical mass of creative uses. This corridor is intended to attract all types of creative uses, such as visual and performing arts venues, galleries, and studios, as well as businesses or stores in creative fields such as media, marketing, handcrafting, art supply, and design. These uses serve to strengthen the corridor’s sense of place and the vitality of the creative economy.
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