Carlyle is a unique mixed-use community in Alexandria, accommodating a dense assortment of uses including high-rise residential complexes, large floor-plate office buildings, a luxury hotel, and retail establishments.  Just west of Old Town, the neighborhood includes a variety of natural and urban open spaces and parks, a balance of jobs and residents, and a retail/entertainment center, serving both a local and regional market.  Carlyle is now considered a new city within a city, with distinctive architecture, and a mix of businesses, residences and retail.  It is a vibrant commercial and residential community.