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Welcome to The Guide

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page VA02

Alexandria and Arlington County can be a little bewildering for newcomers, as well as for people who have lived here a long time. To help you navigate, we are back with another year of The Guide.

This special edition of AlexandriaArlington Extra, produced by a team of Washington Post editors, reporters, editorial aides, photographers and artists, provides a general guide to the area.

We have included some special features. One is an article by Post gardening expert Adrian Higgins, who explains which trees grow well in this area. Three special pages offer a guide to the region's professional sports teams. Columnist John Kelly provides the lowdown on how certain bridges got their names, and food writer Nancy Lewis surveys some of the restaurants in the area.

As large as The Post may seem to readers, there is never enough space to print everything. For example, religion is a big part of our community, but we did not have the space to list every faith institution.

Many features that regularly appear in Extra can be found today at www.washingtonpost.com/alexandria or www.washingtonpost.com/arlington and will resume in their regular spots in the April 28 issue.

We hope you enjoy The Guide and find it helpful. We welcome your suggestions and will be updating The Guide on washingtonpost.com/theguide as new information about the community becomes available.

-- Victoria Benning

Editor, Alexandria-Arlington Extra

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