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Getting their feet wet

Getting their feet wet

Despite an unexpected power outage that threatened to postpone the debate, seven Democratic City Council candidates defended their visions for the future of Charlottesville before a sizable crowd at Jackson P. Burley Middle School on July 20. Asked about whether he would support a dredging-only plan for the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir (pictured), candidate Brevy […]

The show must go on

The show must go on

In what Meadow Creek Parkway opponents are calling a victory, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdrew a permit last Wednesday for key components of McIntire Road Extended (MRE), one of the two city portions of the Meadow Creek Parkway (MCP). The permit, which allowed for the creation of a sewer crossing and culvert, was necessary for construction of the long-debated roadway.

Bumpy ride

Bumpy ride

Will 2011 mark the beginning of a rebound for the local real estate market? A few recent numbers suggest so. For some local experts, shifts in the behavior of both buyers and sellers point towards a more stable and calculated market.

An unmovable feast

An unmovable feast

Imagine a bigger Charlottesville market—one that expands from its current location between South and Water streets into an adjacent lot. Now imagine that Downtown market site surrounded by new housing, retail and office space. That vision is precisely what the City Market Task Force recommended to City Council in a work session last Thursday night. […]

Another Moonscape?

Another Moonscape?

Much like the Hollymead Town Center development, the new project at the intersection of Hydraulic Road and U.S. Route 29 North will displace significant amounts of soil and vegetation to make way for 1.2 million square feet of retail, commercial and residential space. But unlike Hollymead, Edens & Avant, developers for The Shops at Stonefield, […]

July 2011: Real Estate

 Falling in love makes people do foolish things. Falling out of love, however, can be a calculated business transaction—at least in real estate. What happens to a homeowning couple’s largest asset when they file for divorce? “It will always depend on the couple’s financial situation,” says Tanja Milanovic, local real estate agent with Roy Wheeler […]

Down, but not out

Down, but not out

Last week, in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville, five homeless men claimed that City Council’s soliciting ordinance unlawfully restricts panhandling on the city’s Downtown Mall. With the support of the ACLU of Virginia and local legal representation, the plaintiffs claim that the ordinance violates their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights—free speech and equal protection.   […]

The sweetest thing

The sweetest thing

Charlottesville’s School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is trying to improve nutrition in schools by limiting the amount of sugar, as well as sodium and hydrogenated oils, in students’ lunches and snacks. To that end, SHAB—a group that guides the School Board on matters of student health—has significantly revised the school district’s 2006 Wellness Policy, and […]

Election update: Dede Smith declares

Election update: Dede Smith declares

Dede Smith, perhaps best known for her opposition to a new earthen dam at the Ragged Mountain Reservoir and her equally vocal advocacy for restoring Rivanna Reservoir capacity through dredging, officially announced her City Council candidacy on Monday at Forest Hills Park.