Chris Hubbard’s Platform
Chris Hubbard for a Healthier, Pedestrian-Friendly Alexandria
Not only will Chris bridge the professional gap that exists on the Alexandria City Council, he will cultivate a healthier, pedestrian-friendly lifestyle by using his unique architectural-medical background to invoke the following advancements:
With three decades of experience in “pedestrian-friendly” (transit oriented and environmentally friendly) architecture, planning and development, Chris has a lot to offer the neighborhoods of Alexandria when it comes to addressing some of its unique issues, such as free visitor street parking in Old Town, particularly the east end, complete walkable mixed-use/income, sustainable neighborhoods in Landmark, Potomac Yards and other areas, and schools in Potomac Yards and elsewhere. He will promote a healthier, pedestrian-friendly lifestyle by reducing car use; air, water and noise pollution; and safety hazards, while encouraging other of modes transportation such as transit, bike riding, walking and boating. Walkable, mixed use/income planning on Brown or grayfield transit orienetd sites contributes toward a healthy environment. He will contribute towards economic sustainability through tax revenues from new complete - executed correctly -walkable, mixed use/income neighborhoods in Landmark and Potomac Yards, proper compensation to the City for development burdens in Transportation, schools, playing fields and affordable housing and proper management of retail.
Living a Healthier Lifestyle
Chris will promote a pedestrian-friendly (transit oriented, environmentally friendly), street scene to enhance social connectedness and a healthier lifestyle. Establishing a satellite City office (possibly as part of a walkable, mixed use, mixed income Landmark redevelopment) in the west end will continue to bring people together, while encouraging grocery store educational and incentive partnerships will support healthier lifestyles in lower-income communities. Healthy school lunches with less processed foods and more fresh fruits and vegetables will help kids concentrate better. Furthermore, as a son whose mother wishes to age at home, Chris wants to push aside obstacles to 24/7 home care, and advocate this healthy strategy as a better quality of life. And Alexandria has a lower than national average of tree canopy area. Trees are very important for health: they filter pollutants from the air, oxygenate the air, looking at them lowers blood pressure, they give off organic compounds which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, are cooling and give shade and reduce storm water run-off to waterways as they absorb large amounts of water.
Having a Schools-First Mentality
With his kids enrolled in the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) spanning 8 years , Chris is committed to improving schools. With years of institutional knowledge of the school system, he will multiply successes and divide short comings in ACPS. To gain in economy and efficiencies, he will endorse safety upgrades, prompt maintenance and renovations and teacher appreciation and pay. Healthier school lunches with less processed foods and more fresh fruits and vegetables can help kids concentrate better.
Offering Affordable Housing
Chris believes that people who work in the community - particularly first responders and teachers - should be able to live in the community. That’s why he will cultivate market-rate affordable mixed-income housing, in efficiently designed smaller units. Mixed income housing offers positive role models for children, especially those who value education and use it as a pathway for success. This strategy doesn’t increase taxes for residents; it simply makes smaller residential units affordable.