Let’s get things off to a preposterous start with this story about how the uranium industry will study its own safety.
A mere hour or two after I posted last Wednesday, I got a phone call from Creigh Deeds’ people.
Shake your groove thing with the designingest crowd in town, not once but twice. But first, some edification.
Four candidates will receive financial support through local Realtors’ backing.
John Kluge’s donation of an extensive collection of Australian aboriginal artworks, presented to the University of Virginia in 1997, was extraordinary. So it makes sense for the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, born from that gift, to pay tribute to the man on the occasion of his 95th birthday. What’s successful about this celebratory exhibition is […]
All of Chris Regan’s new students are wearing laceless shoes. Adidas sandals, flip-flops, woven plastic slippers. They also wear paper wristbands, like hospital patients, and black-and-white-striped uniforms. It’s the first day of class: 9am on a Tuesday in February. The students slouch in plastic chairs as Regan writes her name on the board. In […]
For most homeowners, “D.I.Y. project” means painting a spare bedroom, maybe putting in a light fixture. For Daniel Kuttner, it meant building a house. From steel. By himself. Daniel Kuttner used 18-gauge steel to build a house in Meadowbrook Heights. He designed the floor plan to be easily modified. “There was an ease to this,” […]
Locals may have rallied for a Trader Joe’s a few years back, but we never asked for this. Urban Outfitters opened in May in what used to be the Hardware Store, which to be sure was a little hokey, but was joyfully, thoroughly, undeniably local. It was a family-run business where you could get anything […]
With a grant from the likes of National Geographic, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of enthusiasm for other folks’ enthusiasms, Charlottesville’s own Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen gallivant around the country documenting, through photos and video, the oddball festivals and celebrations that mark small-town life. The World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska; the […]
On January 31, something remarkable happened: A line of idling cars backed up from the Crutchfield parking lot onto Route 29N, filled with folks just itching to do a good deed. Over the course of six hours that Saturday, locals dropped off 109 tons of computers, stereos, phones, VCRs and other gadgets for recycling. We […]
No self-respecting college town (or—let’s just say it—liberal oasis) can properly be without a core group of folks who are out there spreading the gospel of cooperative living and non-fossil-fuel transportation. It’d be like having no health food store. Meet your local ambassadors of the friendly fringe: Kassia Arbabi and Sky Blue. The two are […]
UVA architecture and engineering students made sleeping shelters out of the stuff that’s probably in your recycling bin right now. Back in September 2008, some beautiful and smart new ways to repose in the great outdoors sprouted in the yard of UVA architecture prof John Quale. They were the creations of architecture and engineering students […]
Scanning the highest-end real estate listings at mycaar.com is an eye-opening experience. Are you toiling at two-and-a-half jobs to keep up with your ballooning mortgage payments, knowing you owe 40 grand more than your house is actually worth? Or saving up for your very own double-wide in Buckingham County, from which you’ll be commuting 50 […]
Call it the ultimate red dirt alert. Several years ago, during development of Hollymead Town Centre on 29N, a large swath of bare ground sat with no vegetation. Seasons passed, and every rainstorm washed away more soil. “We live downstream from Hollymead Town Centre,” said Scott Elliff, a director of the Forest Lakes Community Association, […]
Last week, C-VILLE reported on what the local community has spent thus far to develop a much-scrutinized water supply plan. As a July 27 update on our website indicated, we received a key piece of information after the print deadline for the story had passed: the amount that the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) […]
Five years ago, David and Jordan Phemister were feeling pretty good about what they’d just bought: an 800-square-foot bungalow in a prime Belmont location. Built in 1920, it still had original flooring and plaster, plus a charming front porch. Though it was small, it was enough space for the two of them. The Phemisters travel […]
It’s been more than a month since the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) announced on June 25 that it had fired Gannett Fleming, the engineering firm that developed the community’s water supply plan approved in 2006. What does the change mean for the ongoing debate about the plan? Unsurprisingly, it depends whom you ask. […]
We beat Asheville! We beat Jacksonville! We beat friggin’ Bowling Green!
Your latest round of reading suggestions, in honor of last night’s salad.
And now, it is time for a brief rant.
People who are buying houses have plenty to think about. There’s the matter of how much to offer and what type of mortgage to take out. There’s the need to get a home inspection and consider whether any problems —leaky roof, sagging porch—are worth asking the sellers to fix before closing. You have to arrange to move from wherever you’re living; you have to get termite, water and septic tests; you have to deal with title companies and insurance companies and interest rates and points. And all this comes after the decisions about who your agent will be and, of course, which property you want to buy.
One of the great things about being an architect, it seems—aside from the chance to design one’s own dwelling—is the ability to discuss that dwelling in all kinds of interesting terms. A courtyard is enclosed by one of three L-shaped concrete walls that form the structure of Parcel X, Peter and Nancy Waldman’s North Garden […]
Just getting to the house that Richard Hewitt is building for himself and his wife requires some work. The road starts out innocently enough, skirting a Crozet apple orchard, but quickly devolves into a rock-strewn, rutted beast which climbs a steep mountainside to the wooded spot that is Hewitt’s homesite. It’s here that the real […]