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Three Cheers for Four Corners: Last night, Alex 1805, the new blues and jazz lounge located on the corner of 3rd and Desoto in Downtown Alexandria, held its first annual Caribbean Nights block party. From an anonymous writer in Cenla Antics: "Let's roll said...

If there is any doubt in anyone's mind as to whether or not Alexandria can be the shining city on a hill, you needed to be at the corner of 3rd and Desoto last night. I, for one, have gone from cautiously optimistic to frankly excited. We really are worth saving. Think about it."

Seriously, this is not an understatement. The turnout was amazing. Horatio promised free admission for people wearing white linen, and so everyone was decked out, including yours truly. I don't think I have ever seen an event quite like this here in Alexandria. Great music. Great food. I'm not sure how many people were there, but I'd guess that there were several hundred in and out throughout the night.

It not only proves that Alexandria can be the "shining city on a hill;" it was also an incredible display of unity for our city.

The Town Talk ran a great story about the success of the Arna Bontemps Jazz Concert... if they had only stuck around for a few more hours, they would have had the REAL story of the day: Downtown's coming back.

Now if we can just convince Horatio to run for office....