The question of whether or not to establish a business improvement district (BID) in Old Town, Alexandria, was answered last week when City Manager Mark Jinks announced that the city no longer considered it a feasible option. We explore why he made that decision and why the BID proposal was so contentious among city officials, business leaders and community members.


  • Alexa Epitropoulos Managing editor and reporter for the Alexandria Times, @alexaraewrites.
  • Mark Jinks City Manager, Alexandria, Va.

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