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Yes, Virginia, there are rats on the Downtown Mall.

Mall rats: Does the Downtown Mall have a rodent problem?

Many Charlottesvillians spent the last few weeks enjoying a festive holiday season on the Downtown Mall. But have we been strolling, shopping, and dining in the company of species Rattus? No question the mall has rats—the place is packed with restaurants, which means food waste, which means rat heaven. And just so you know, the […]

Michael Payne is urging the city to get rid of fossil-fuel investments. Photo by Eze Amos

Divestment: Charlottesville considers dumping fossil-fuel holdings

In the wake of recent U.N. and U.S. government reports on the catastrophic environmental damage already attributable to climate change, the City of Charlottesville has been challenged to divest from investments in the fossil fuels industry. Local activist Michael Payne proposed several steps the city could take to address climate change, including divestment from holdings […]

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia performed the second of two annual holiday concerts at Old Cabell Hall on Sunday, December 2. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Listen Up: Classical music is alive and well in Charlottesville

As Charlottesville’s character has broadened, so has its classical music scene, which is now largely driven by community efforts to build the culture. When Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach began transforming the sounds we were used to hearing, 250 years ago, people said it was the death of classical music,” says Benjamin Rous, music director of […]