Chances are, more of you reading this are currently on shaky ground with your mortgages than two years or even one year ago. It’s not likely that you’re feeling too great about it, either. But you’ve got to face facts. Shelley Murphy, director of program services at the Piedmont Housing Alliance, will tell you in […]
Having a back porch is all well and good, but when one’s kitchen is tiny, one may start to eye up the verandah as an area ripe for colonization. Such was the case at landscape architect Gregg Bleam’s 1938 house in Lewis Mountain. Designed by Milton Grigg, the original structure had a cramped 8’x8′ kitchen. […]
And now, the second installment of Green Reads for this week! From the New York Timesâ€™ Dot Earth blog, a list of reader recommendations for what Obama should do on behalf of the planet when he takes office.
Both Charlottesville and Albemarle have new green feathers in their caps. The Virginia Municipal League’s Green Government Challenge, under which both localities have gotten certified as “Green Governments,” may not itself stop the ice caps from melting, but it did encourage cities and towns statewide to step up their game on sustainability. Assets like the […]
O.K., puppies, here’s the latest roundup of green items from around the web. From Inhabitat, one of those techno-stories that sounds almost too good to be true.
If there’s one thing the green movement isn’t short on, it’s talk. At first glance you might think that the certification of Charlottesville and Albemarle as “Green Governments” by the Virginia Municipal League is another example of hot air tinged green, but I think it’s probably a little more substantive than that.
The campaign in which the environmental conversation largely amounted to “Drill, baby, drill” is over. I’m definitely glad about the results, but I did wish for more concentrated talk about environmental issues.
When you walk up to the front door of Melissa Wiley’s Belmont house, you’re struck by a sense of tidiness: old railroad ties are stacked into low walls, well-tended plants are arranged just so, and the grass is lush. Walk through the house’s central hallway, with its checkerboard paint job, and keep going out the […]
A decade ago, Brynne and John Potter were house-hunting and showed up at a certain Locust Grove property with little enthusiasm. “We didn’t like it on paper,” Brynne remembers. Upon walking in the ranch house’s front door, the couple were greeted by thick carpets that had absorbed the effects of long-term smokers and multiple cats. […]
Here’s your latest roundup of environmental news from around the web: Our local green guru gets some tough love, and an architecture prof calls out sprawl.
Check out this editorial from the Lynchburg News Advance. If it doesn’t make you feel shocked by the yawning divide between the Charlottesville bubble and most of the rest of Virginia, you either commute from outer Fluvanna or you’re a tougher bird than I am.
For several years, I’ve known Tamra Harrison Kirschnick as a painter of tangled plant life. The pieces of hers I’ve seen in the past have been large, single canvases, so it was a pleasant shock to enter her current solo show and find that it consists of arrangements of smaller paintings. In each of the […]
It’s not for the elitist—to use a term now much in vogue—to judge The Bridge’s current group show. Snobbery won’t warm to the punky, screw-your-MFA attitude of some of these artists; refined tastes might wince at these garish hues; believers in tight curation will note more than a few pieces they might have left out. […]
A wee roundup of favorite green reads from the recent world of cyber. Greywater systems, urban bears, and a local no-buy pledge.
The glorious weekend we just had was proof that fall’s an excellent time to be in the garden. Even if you’re not shepherding seedlings toward a stellar broccoli-producing career, you can be getting some education that’ll serve you well when spring rolls around again.
You can’t just make a house tight as a drum and congratulate yourself on not wasting energy anymore. Yeah, it’s great to know that the A/C and heat aren’t just escaping through underinsulated walls. But really tight, efficient houses can have moisture problems if they’re not built correctly.
And now for the coolest news of the day. We used to have, on our property, a big area of young trees and briars and weeds. Now, that area has been cleared. By goats!
Fifty feet behind the home of Will Kerner and Catherine Dee are busy railroad tracks. Across the tracks lies an industrial area. In the other three directions, the property is surrounded by a city neighborhood. Nonetheless, it’s an incredibly calming place. The house, which Kerner and Dee moved into when it was finished just over […]
It’s like Cab Calloway says to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi near the beginning of The Blues Brothers: “Boys, times are bad.” Local home values are mostly going down. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now the property of Uncle Sam. And the broader economy looks shakier than it has in a very long time. […]
It’s not your usual student housing. That dorm feeling—hard surfaces, the smells of bleach and beer—seems very far away from the cosy Jefferson Park Avenue house where six people, most of them UVA grad students, make their cooperative home. They’re members of CHUVA (short for Co-operative Housing at the University of Virginia), meaning they pool […]
In a town that loves its organics and all-naturals, and is stuffed to the gills with supermarkets, one of our least-froufrou grocery chains is making a bid for the gourmet granola crowd. That would be Food Lion, the store you’ve formerly known to occupy a rung on the grocery ladder that’s slightly below Giant and a tick above I.G.A. In other words, nothing fancy.
So, when you are geeky about composting like we are, you wind up getting excited over some pretty weird things. A week ago, we were in a certain local restaurant and spotted a big bucket of compostables. “Hey, can we have that?” I asked. And they literally started giggling with delight.
So, as you may have heard, there’s this ginormous new power line that’s been proposed for Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This issue has an unusual personal resonance for me, since the Pennsylvania portion of the 500-volt line was slated to pass directly over my dad’s house.
In the second panel of Rosamond Casey’s 10-panel exhibition of Capitol Hill imagery, “Men In Suits: A Day on the Hill,” there are no men in suits. Instead, there’s a conference room with chairs in rows and a microphone at a podium, and then a second image of two pay phones. It’s incredibly evocative, practically […]
Permit me a brief moment of bragging. I am as proud as any farm wife with a brand-new ribbon from the county fair, because this summer I conquered my fear of canning food. Well, it wasnâ€™t exactly a fear; just the uncertainty that comes from not knowing much, except the fact that if you screw it up, you could die of botulism.
If you want that bronzed look without lying poolside, you’ve got your tanning beds and your fake tan creams. And then there’s a rather different option: the Ceremony of the Sun treatment at Neroli Spa (984-3450). The heart of this $130 treatment is Elemis Total Glow Self Tan Treatment, a product that “works at a […]
I was out of town last weekend, and blissfully so, but there was one local event I was sorry to miss: the Heritage Harvest Festival at Tufton Farm. This celebration of all things edible and local is put on by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Fortunately, ABODE’s kitchen columnist Lisa Reeder was there, handing out local apples and taking in the scene. Here’s her report: