“Alexandria is Changing”

October 18, 2017 at 8:39 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Part of LCNV’s curriculum focuses on helping learners increase their engagement with the local community. In Northern Virginia, English language provides the key to understanding local history and the changing landscape. LCNV learner Shahnaz shows just how powerful English can be in understanding the reasons behind development and a shifting community with her 2013 essay, “Alexandria is Changing”. An Alexandria, VA resident, Shahnaz writes about the changes she has seen over a twelve year period near her home, and the pros and cons of these changes. Living in a growing region can present new challenges and opportunities, and the ability of LCNV’s learners to voice their thoughts in English makes for stronger communities.

“Alexandria is a very old city in Virginia. It was established in 1749. There are a lot of historical places in Alexandria, such as the George Washington Memorial. I have lived in Alexandria for about twelve years, and I have seen a lot of changes in the city.

Old Town is a very beautiful part of Alexandria. There is a dock because the city is by the Potomac River. There are many restaurants, shops, and an art center called the Torpedo Factory. The area is more popular now than when I first moved here. Parking in Old Town is very expensive now and harder to find than before. There are also more people and it is busier.

My neighborhood has changed, too. They have built more houses and added more traffic lights because there are more cars, buses, and trucks. In the twelve years since I have been here, I have seen many changes. I like the development in Alexandria, but I don’t like the traffic. Even with the traffic, I am happier here than in my country.”

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