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Get Ready to Paint the Town Beautiful! 

Photo of 2023 residential award winner in Central Alexandria, Va. (Photo courtesy ABC)

By Yanique Revers, ABC

Alexandria, VA – Attention all residents, business owners, and lovers of Alexandria’s charm – it’s time to unleash your creativity and nominate your favorite properties for the 2024 Beautification Awards!

The Alexandria Beautification Commission is looking for the most eye-catching, jaw-dropping displays of beauty across our city. Whether it’s a quaint residential garden, a commercial property that utilizes sustainable practices, a stunning architectural masterpiece, or a vibrant community space, we want to hear about it!

This year, we’re increasing the excitement by introducing a new nomination consideration: balconies visible from the public right of way! That’s right—those charming, overlooked spaces are getting their moment in the spotlight. Imagine strolling down our streets and being greeted by a cascade of colorful blooms and artistic flair—pure urban magic!

Judging will focus on everything from the lushness of native plant materials to the creativity of design while also looking for green initiatives. Whether you’re a green thumb guru or a design diva, there’s a category just for you!

Ready to Nominate? Here’s the scoop for the 2024 Alexandria Beautification Awards: Properties visible from public areas are eligible, but previous winners within five years, properties for sale, and those heavily involved with the Beautification Commission are not. Judging criteria include design, sustainability, maintenance, and neighborhood context. When nominating online, describe why the property deserves recognition. Consider eco-friendly practices like renewable energy and native plants. Awards categories include Architecture, Community, Residential, and Commercial.

Don’t delay—nominations close at 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 24, 2024. Gather your inspiration, snap some photos, and submit your nominations online now at www.alexandriava.gov/Beautification. Let’s make Alexandria shine brighter than ever before! Let’s come together to celebrate the beauty of our beloved city – because when we beautify, we all thrive!

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