Laura Longhine



This week, 3/25

This week, 3/25

At press time, there were fewer than a dozen cases of COVOID-19 in our health district. But the virus’ disruption to our everyday lives and livelihoods is already well under way. As we all struggle to adjust to this new normal, C-VILLE talked with local artists whose careers have been turned upside down by the […]

A Bodo's employee wiped down a railing on Sunday, March 15. On Monday, the bagel shop announced a temporary move to take out only.

This week, 3/18

A week ago, schools were still in session, the bars and restaurants were full, and most of us were going about our everyday lives, albeit with a growing sense of dread. Here at C-VILLE Weekly, our most pressing problem was what to do with a multi-page cover story we’d prepared for the book festival, which […]

There's now a clear legal path forward for the removal of Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue.

This week, 3/10

Sunday marked the end of Charlottesville’s Liberation and Freedom Days, a week of events intended to commemorate the arrival of Union troops in Charlottesville in 1865. Though you’d never know it from our public monuments, for the majority of Albemarle residents those troops heralded freedom, not defeat (at the time, 53 percent of our local […]

This week, 3/3

A week ago, federal health officials warned that the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. was inevitable, and that Americans should prepare for the possible shutdown of schools and other institutions. President Trump then contradicted those warnings, saying the virus was “very well under control in our country.” A few days later, he cast concern […]

This week, 2/26

Almost 20 years ago, clergy members at downtown churches became concerned about the men and women they frequently found sleeping in church doorways when they arrived at work in the morning. As faith leaders, they wanted to provide a better kind of shelter, so they teamed up with the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the […]

This week, 2/19

Less than a week after county resident Richard Allan was arrested and charged with two felonies for stealing Court Square’s modest slave auction block marker, The New York Times Magazine ran a new story from its 1619 Project on the issue of slave-sale sites nationwide, and how inadequately we commemorate the horrific tragedies that happened […]

This week, 2/12

Richard Allan III, who has the long white ponytail and gentle manner of an old-school hippie, came to our office on Friday afternoon to confess. Before he allowed himself to be turned in to the police, he wanted to explain, for the record, why he’d pried the slave auction block marker out of the sidewalk […]

This week, 2/5

The news is bad. I don’t mean any news in particular, though you can insert the latest crisis you’re most concerned about here (the extension of Trump’s racist travel ban, which has already affected more than 135 million people, including many families split between continents? The gutting of the Clean Water Act? The refusal of […]

This week, 1/29

We all need good health care, but too many Americans don’t get it, and a big part of the reason is its crippling expense: Despite strong employment, the number of people without health insurance has grown under President Trump, to 27.5 million in 2018. And even for those who have insurance, high deductibles and limited […]

This week, 1/22

Some places get a hold on you, and you never recover. This week, our Q&A asking how the place you’re from has shaped you, garnered the most responses from ex-New Yorkers. As a Jersey girl-turned-diehard New Yorker myself, this is easy to understand. Growing up, “the city” was the center of the universe, the place […]

This week, 1/15

Last July, Republican state lawmakers shut down a special session to address mass shootings in just 90 minutes, refusing to consider any gun regulations until after the election. Voters, in response, booted them out of office. Less than a week into the new legislative session, the now-Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee advanced multiple gun control measures […]

This week, 1/8

To no one’s surprise, most of us who set New Year’s resolutions fail (88 percent, according to one study). And yet, we keep making them. It seems there’s something irresistible about the idea of a new year; a new chance to wipe the slate clean and start all over as stronger, thinner, healthier, kinder, more […]

This week, 12/27

New Year’s is generally a good time to reflect back on the year that’s passed, and we do that in this issue, with a second look at some of our most-read stories and best photos, along with our favorite local recordings and books and the restaurants we said hello and goodbye to. Books and music […]

Photo: Zack Wajsgras

This week, 12/18

“It’s hard to know how to navigate all the different things coming our way on the global and national stage,” Stephen Hitchcock, the executive director of The Haven told me recently. “To understand how to think well and live well in light of the systems we’re entangled in. It can feel almost paralyzing.” That’s one […]

Kitchen manager Dee Dee Slezak arrives at 5am to lead a team of volunteers, who make “magical breakfasts” out of food donations from Trader Joe’s, Market Street Market, and various local restaurants and caterers.

Where you’re always welcome: In an increasingly expensive city, downtown day shelter The Haven is a model of community and ‘radical hospitality’

Photos by Zack Wajsgras In January, The Haven will celebrate 10 years of serving homeless and extremely low-income people in the heart of Charlottesville. As the Downtown Mall has been revitalized, the area has become increasingly expensive, home to luxury residences like C&O Row and the 550. The Haven, in a 19th-century church at First […]

This week, 12/11

Last Friday, the city held its annual tree lighting ceremony downtown, setting “Spruce Springsteen” aglow with 20,000 LED lights. The event was held at the Pavilion this year instead of midway down the mall, with the addition of beer tents, bouncy houses, and a children’s train. Whether you found the expanded event extra festive or […]

Photo: Skyclad Aerial

This week, 12/3

On Monday night, City Council took another step in its plan to tear down Guadalajara and Lucky 7 and build an $8.5 million, 300-car parking garage on Market Street, just a few blocks from an existing parking garage . The move is part of a larger project to keep the county courts downtown, in which […]

This week, 11/27

Seven years after “Let it Go” earwormed its way into the minds of children everywhere, the eagerly awaited sequel to Disney’s hit movie Frozen has finally arrived. If you have young kids, you’ve probably already seen it, but if not, it makes for surprisingly resonant Thanksgiving-week viewing, especially here in Charlottesville. In Frozen 2 (spoilers […]

This week, 11/21

As the current City Council’s term winds down, it’s clear that some things will be left for a new council to wrestle with, while other long-standing issues have, perhaps surprisingly, been resolved. Implementing a new kind of zoning south of downtown, a project especially championed by Councilor Kathy Galvin, will have to wait until next […]

This week, 11/13

Last week, Virginia Democrats flipped both the House of Delegates and the State Senate, giving the party control over Virginia’s government for the first time in a generation. It’s a change that really started in 2017, when Dems captured 15 Republican seats in the House of Delegates, the biggest Democratic shift since 1899. That election […]

This week, 11/6

Here in Charlottesville (and surrounding counties) the music scene tends to be dominated by bluegrass, cover bands, and mainstream rock. That makes the alternative genres that manage to exist—from hip-hop to metal to punk to jazz—especially valuable. This week, photographer Zack Wajsgras presents a project he’s been working on for several years, documenting the local […]

Dr. Jalane Schmidt and reporter Lisa Provence outside the courthouse. Photo by Jenny Mead

This week, 10/30

“The plaintiffs: Who’s who in the fight to keep Confederate monuments” was a fairly straightforward feature story we published in March, about the 13 people and organizations suing the city over council’s vote to move the Lee and Jackson statues. As I wrote in an editor’s letter back then, “Much blame (not to mention death […]

This week, 10/23

At my first Virginia Film Festival, back in 2015, my husband and I had two children under age 5, one car, and one 10-ticket pass to the festival (thanks to a winning bid at our daughter’s preschool silent auction). The logistics were stressful, but being “forced” to make it to 10 movies in one weekend […]

This week, 10/16

It’s finally feeling like fall, and as the days get cooler, our thoughts turn to food. And drink. While some might consider the Charlottesville food scene an “endless festival of self-congratulating gluttony” others of us just plain enjoy it. For our annual food and drink issue, Living and Special Publications editor Joe Bargmann, who also […]

Photo: Skyclad Aerial

This week, 10/9

“New York is older / And changing its skin again / It dies every ten years / And then it begins again.” I love that line (from a song by The National) because it rings so true; New York is notorious for recreating itself, and to live there or ever have lived there is to […]

”Rumors of War” is currently on display in Times Square. In December, it will move to its permanent location on Arthur Ashe Boulevard 
in front of the VMFA. (Photo: Kylie Corwin)

This week, 10/2

A few weeks ago, while driving past West Main and McIntire Road, my 5-year-old daughter peered out the car window and asked who those people were on the statue. “That’s Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea,” I replied. No, she insisted. “There’s only two.” Lamely, I offered the party line: “Well, you can’t see Sacagawea very […]