Members of Sweet Briar’s freshman class including Kat Perry, front center, and Jules Sudol, rear center, are devastated by the decision to close their school. Photo courtesy Kat Perry

Alumnae fight back over planned closure of Sweet Briar College

A week after Sweet Briar’s board of directors announced plans to close the 114-year-old women’s college in Amherst, shock and grief among students, faculty and alumnae has given way to anger, defiance and questions about the basis for the decision. “I just think it was handled so badly,” said Sweet Briar biology professor Lincoln Brower, one […]

Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Photo: Jack Looney

Proposed 13-cent tax on downtown properties is a no-go—for now

Plans for a downtown business district funded by a 13-cent tax on properties on and near the Downtown Mall have been put on hold after numerous property owners objected. But proponents of a Community Improvement District (CID), researched and proposed by a committee of Downtown Business Association (DBA) members, hope there’s still a future for […]

What makes tech take off?

What makes tech take off?

In our first-ever Tech Issue, we’re taking a look at four relatively young startups whose founders chose to root them here. Their reasons for doing so are varied, and so are their ventures. But whether they’re in app development or designing cancer cures, they share an outlook we see again and again among local technology […]