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NEW! July 2010: The sounds of silence

NEW! July 2010: The sounds of silence

 He may have toured Europe and the Caribbean playing bass for bluesman Corey Harris, but Houston Ross is firmly rooted here at home. A Charlottesville native, he lives just over the Fluvanna County line in a small brick house that holds four generations of his family: his mother, his daughter, three grandchildren and a godson—plus […]

June 2010: Action at the edges

June 2010: Action at the edges

 Thirty-one years ago, Roger Voisinet moved to Charlottesville from Montreal. He lived near Sugar Hollow, at one end of the single road that bears many names: Sugar Hollow Road, Garth Road, Barracks Road, Preston Avenue, and Market Street.    “Like any newcomer, I would explore the city,” he remembers. One fall day, he was biking […]

June 2010: Passive House: the next frontier

June 2010: Passive House: the next frontier

 For several years, the terms “green building” and “LEED” have been all but synonymous. Considered the gold standard (or, in some cases, platinum) for sustainable design, the LEED program has made inroads nationally, with lots of local buildings now LEED-certified. Many others are recognized under EarthCraft, EnergyStar, and other programs. Now, a group of home […]

May 2010: Designing woman [with video!]

May 2010: Designing woman [with video!]

“When I got here,” says Jeannine Lalonde of the Walker Square condo she began renting in 2005, “there was one guy upstairs, and the next door neighbor moved in the same weekend. It was my first time living in new construction; it was a ghost town.” She kept waiting to meet people, but even power […]

May 2010: The little kit that could

May 2010: The little kit that could

“Living carefully, purposely, frugally just. makes. sense. And is tons of fun.”  Green living enthusiast Copeland Casati wrote that recently on her blog, and it’s as good a summary of what she and her family are up to as you could find. For the moment, this clan—pink-haired, tech-minded Copeland, her German-born husband Christoph and their […]

April 2010: Green Living

April 2010: Green Living

What’s black and white and green all over? Answer: the new column called Green Living. It’ll have much in common with the Green Scene blog I’ve been writing for a year and a half on c-ville.com, but Green Living will be most at home in the print version of C-VILLE Weekly. Consider this page a […]