Blocks away, a world apart: Latino immigrants shape and meet the needs of the unique Alexandria community
| By Kate Musselwhite |
Arlandria is easy to miss. The Spanish-language signs end almost as quickly as they begin after crossing over into Alexandria from Arlington on Mount Vernon Avenue. Before you know it, you’re in the midst of typically quaint Alexandria areas like Del Ray and historic Old Town. Just blocks away, these neighborhoods seem worlds apart.
Alexandria resident Margaret Lorber, who has worked for years with the Arlandria community and the city’s schools, said many are unaware of what goes on in the neighborhood.
“You just can’t believe how many sides there are in Alexandria,” she said.