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Jim Moran Returning to Del Ray

Longtime Virginia congressman moving back to the same Alexandria neighborhood where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) is returning to live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the same community where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago.

“It’s about coming home,” said Moran, who announced he was moving to Del Ray at Monday’s Del Ray Business Association luncheon. “I’ve always appreciated the way the community embraced me as a single father and supported me when I first ran for council in 1979 coming out of the Del Ray Citizens Association.”

Moran, who served as mayor of Alexandria from 1985 to 1990, is currently living in Arlington County’s Shirlington neighborhood. The 12-term congressman said his son, Patrick, recently moved out of the apartment, leaving Moran on his own.

“I don’t need a two-bedroom apartment anymore and I’d rather be part of a community,” Moran said. “I also need space for all my books. I have about 10,000 of them. I’ve had to place a lot of them in storage. … I suppose there are worse compulsions.”

In the late 1970s, Moran purchased a house in Del Ray in the 200 block of E. Oxford Avenue for $32,000, he said. The same home sold for $775,000 earlier this year, according to Alexandria real estate records.  

Moran said 17 banks refused to grant him a loan to purchase his first Del Ray home more than three decades ago. At the time, the neighborhood was redlined.

"Banks wouldn’t lend to a white person who wanted to live in Del Ray. I notified the Department of Justice, who contacted every bank and told them their lending practices were going to be monitored,” Moran said. “It has changed from a neighborhood that was shunned, very much considered to be on the other side of the tracks from the people in Old Town, to one that is tony and very much a place to raise a family.”

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Harold Ferguson April 19, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Which might be how Mansin learned that violence is OK. Just like the kid Moran choked might have been set down a dark path by a supposedly honorable adult facing no consequences. Assaulting children is wrong, period. Beating your wife is wrong, period. Moran is bad news, period.
McBrinn April 19, 2013 at 04:40 PM
You're attributing an armed robbery in Montana to a single momentary interaction between two individuals 15 years earlier in Virginia? Is that right?
Lewis April 19, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I just clinked on the link and read it, including this nugget: ""I saw Congressman Moran carrying a black male in a choke hold" said Kelly Cheeks, a parent who was at the Center when Mr. Moran walked in." Choke hold??? I guess you can't be too careful with an 8 year old who might commit crimes 10 years later. And maybe McBrinn was on hand and informed the congressman that the 85 lb. child was "from the projects", since that is apparently super-relevant.
Leslie Hagan April 20, 2013 at 02:59 AM
CCB- in answer to your question, I do indeed refute your charges. You failed to produce a single reliable source to back up the two stories. Nor, for that matter did any of your cohorts.
Ben Clay April 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM
You're claiming that because Jim Moran his "Minority Report" style telepathic powers that told him an 8-year child would become a criminal when he grew up, Moran was justified in engaging in a freelance "Scared Straight" program and choking the child? Is that right? Moran is a thug who somehow convinces local liberals to sell out their beliefs to keep him in office. But there's no chance of a Republican (at least, those that get nominated by the local decrepit party) being elected, so why not tell him to take a hike and replace him with a Congess(wo)man whose interest in women and minorities isn't limited to wrapping his hands around their necks?

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