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Death by "livability?"

Death by "livability?"

 In 2007, Charlottesville and Albemarle government officials identified sustainable development as a priority in their respective comprehensive plans. Last October, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) received nearly $1 million in federal grant money to start a “livability” plan and help both city and county achieve those goals. Now, however, members of the Jefferson […]

Perkins' lie

Perkins' lie

When Johnathan Perkins wrote to the Virginia Law Weekly and alleged that two white UVA Police officers mistreated him—an incident he later admitted to be false—he described a feeling of shame at being singled out.   Charlene Green (pictured), program coordinator for the city’s Dialogue on Race, says Perkins’ motives may be unclear, but his […]

Mixed reactions to mixed-income

Mixed reactions to mixed-income

When Habitat for Humanity broke ground on Sunrise Park in March, the city took a big step towards addressing nearly a decade of affordable housing anxieties. However, the Sunrise model—affordable units tucked into a mixed-income, mixed-use site—hasn’t fared as well for other local developers. Roughly half the units in Sunrise Park, located near the Carlton […]

Let gays raise?

Let gays raise?

Following the recommendations of Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia Board of Social Services recently voted against nondiscrimination regulations that would have allowed gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. The vote is particularly significant for Charlottesville and Albemarle County, where adoption numbers have risen during the past three years and […]

Stench rises in Woolen Mills

Stench rises in Woolen Mills

One month ago, the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority (RWSA) was poised to launch a study of two plans for expanding the Rivanna pump station, which transports sewage to the Moore’s Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The first would keep the sewage pump in the Woolen Mills residential neighborhood and near the foot of Riverview Park […]

Peace of mind

Peace of mind

Inside the crowded Long Beach Performing Arts Center, on a stage that hosted the likes of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former U.S. military commander Stanley McChrystal during the preceding 48 hours, Albemarle County school teacher John Hunter interrupted his speech to take attendance. What did Albemarle County gifted teacher and World Peace Game creator […]

Mind your Mann-ers

Mind your Mann-ers

Mann, who received $485,000 via five federal and state grants for his research, is a popular target for global warming skeptics, who don’t like his temperature modeling.

When the Levy breaks

When the Levy breaks

Last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) split the Choice Neighborhood grants among 19 recipients—Baltimore, Memphis, Philadelphia and…well, not Charlottesville.

The relativity of recklessness

The relativity of recklessness

On a fall night in 2009, a UVA student named Darren hopped a fence at the Carl Smith Center football stadium. Wearing a climbing harness, he made his way to the base of a light tower, one of four that illuminate the field during UVA football games. He attached a carabiner—a small, metal clip used by […]

Trump buys Kluge winery operation for $6.2 million

Trump buys Kluge winery operation for $6.2 million

The Trump Organization, headed by business mogul and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump, bought the bulk of the Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard at auction last week. While The Donald didn’t make a personal appearance, a team of business advisors purchased more than 700 acres, along with the old and new vineyards, the winery, labels […]

Huguely defense lines up 20 witnesses for hearing

Huguely defense lines up 20 witnesses for hearing

One year ago this week, George Huguely notched his final points as a member of the UVA lacrosse team. The fourth-year student assisted on a goal against the University of North Carolina, and then scored one of his own during a home loss to Duke in front of a crowd of 8,000. Within weeks, Huguely […]