Graelyn Brashear

Graelyn Brashear began her career in journalism at New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, where she covered municipal beats for number of Jersey Shore towns, wrote features, and formed a deep attachment to newsrooms and the kind of people who fill them. She moved on to online news network in 2010, where she served as a local editor for the small town of Barnegat. She joined C-VILLE as news editor in March of 2012, and while she remains the staff's token New Jersey apologist, she's very happy to be back in her native Charlottesville.

Nelson County residents protest Dominion's planned natural gas pipeline outside an August community meeting in Lovingston. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Dominion formally announces pipeline partnership

Dominion Resources has formally announced it will pursue its planned natural gas pipeline through Virginia as part of a multi-billion-dollar partnership with North Carolina electricity giant Duke Energy and two other energy companies. The proposed 550-mile pipeline, previously called the Southeast Reliability Project, is now dubbed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Until the formal partnership announcement […]

Musictoday founder Coran Capshaw helped facilitate the sale of the company, according to the CEO of Musictoday's new owner, San Francisco-based Delivery Agent.

Spinning off: Musictoday buyer promises expansion

Crozet-based music merchandising company Musictoday has been snapped up by San Francisco e-commerce firm Delivery Agent, and while locals are mum on the deal, the CEO of Musictoday’s new parent company says the buy will mean growth and jobs in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Musictoday was founded in 2000 by Charlottesville’s Coran Capshaw, the Dave Matthews […]

There was standing room only in the 650-seat auditorium at Nelson Middle School Tuesday night as residents gathered to hear county officials talk to Dominion reps about the company's proposed natural gas pipeline. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Hundreds turn out to hear Nelson supes grill Dominion on pipeline

“Virginia is for lovers, not pipelines.” “You shall not pass.” “Humpback wails over pipelines.” The gauntlet of signage on the sidewalk outside Nelson Middle School Tuesday evening ahead of the community’s first public meeting with representatives from Dominion Resources made the sentiments of hundreds of local residents clear: They don’t want to see the company […]

Suspended: Spectra is halting its plans to build a natural gas pipeline through Virginia. The proposed route, which came close to Albemarle and would have cut through James Madison’s Montpelier, angered environmentalists and historic preservationists.

Spectra suspends pipeline proposal

Spectra Energy has suspended efforts to build a $4 billion, 427-mile natural gas pipeline through Virginia, a spokesman confirmed this week. The Houston-based company was one of three so far this year to float proposals for gas pipelines cutting through the Commonwealth. Its pipeline would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, skirting Albemarle […]

Atlantic editor Scott Stossel (left) talks during a panel on magazine writing with (left to right) journalist and short fiction author Wells Tower, VQR contributing editor Delphine Schrank, and VQR deputy editor Paul Reyes. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Counter-programming: Talking with The Atlantic’s Scott Stossel at VQR’s writers conference

The Virginia Quarterly Review hosted its first-ever writers’ conference last week, a four-day retreat at the Boar’s Head full of workshops and public panels with a host of big names in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Atlantic editor Scott Stossel, journalist and short story writer Wells Tower, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Claudia Emerson, Slate senior editor […]

The Atlantic, a mixed-use, mixed-income development from architect-developer Bill Atwood, is planned for the 400-500 block of West Main Street. Image courtesy Southern Cities Development

Mix it up: Developer-architect Bill Atwood takes aim at West Main

Waterhouse building designer Bill Atwood is taking another stab at a multi-story mixed-use development near downtown, and while he believes he’s got a plan for a project that will push West Main Street in the right direction, some are raising concerns that it could put traffic pressure on the surrounding neighborhood. The Atlantic, which will […]

Spectra Energy’s proposed pipeline route could affect both Montpelier and the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District.

Pipeline vs. preservation: Spectra route’s path through landmark sites ‘baffling,’ say stewards

Two companies are floating plans for natural gas pipelines through Central Virginia, and while community groups and conservationists are raising environmental concerns about both, it’s outcry from historic preservationists in the Piedmont that could form the earliest challenge of the Commonwealth’s new status as a gas throughway. Houston-based Spectra Energy’s proposed $4 billion, 427-mile pipeline […]

Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo: John Robinson

Capitol chaos: What just happened in Richmond?

“We have a budget—that’s the good news,” Del. David Toscano said Monday afternoon. The House minority leader and Charlottesville rep was on his cell, en route to Richmond for an evening legislative session to vote on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s budget vetoes. The good news, at least for any remaining hopes of bipartisan agreement on Medicaid […]

Year-over-year percent change in school population: Like Tandem, many private schools around the country experienced a steep drop in enrollment post-recession—made all the more noticeable when graphed against the steady enrollment at public schools—but are now seeing their student numbers climb.

Local private schools see growth post-recession

Early this month, the Albemarle County Planning Commission heard from not one but two private school headmasters at its regular meeting in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building. The institutions themselves were very different: Tandem Friends School, a 44-year-old Quaker middle and high school, and Regents, a small Christian K-through-12 academy founded in 2010. […]

Construction on Market Plaza is set to begin next summer. Photo courtesy Woodard Properties

What will Charlottesville’s new City Market look like?

After years of study and debate, the Charlottesville City Council is poised to pick a design for a permanent home for the City Market, the weekly farmers’ market that has occupied the municipally owned parking lot on Water Street since 1993. Four proposals are in, each including multi-story mixed-use residential and commercial buildings with space […]