Arlandria: Intersection of class, language and culture
Situated in Alexandria, right past the Alexandria/Arlington line, and a zip code away from some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city, is the area commonly called “Arlandria.”
It can be pinpointed on a map, and some may recognize the strip of stores and restaurants on Mount Vernon Avenue, which serves as its main street. Yet many people, including those nearby, might not be aware of what—and who—makes up the Arlandria community. Many Latino immigrants have renamed it Chirilagua, after a region in El Salvador where many of the neighborhood’s residents come from.
The diversity and significant Latino population in the Arlandria neighborhood creates a unique intersection of class, language and culture in the inner suburbs of D.C.
– Kate Musselwhite
Arlandria groups open doors to multiple cultures
By Jeremiah Patterson