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Cohousing creates community (and density)

Cohousing creates community (and density)

When it came over from Denmark in the early 1980s, it had a difficult name with a host of consonants and the letters “a” and “e” squished together. For lack of a more pronounceable name, the American patrons of a type of intentional community dubbed it “cohousing.” Central Virginia’s first cohousing development is springing up […]

Staff union opens membership to faculty

Staff union opens membership to faculty

The Staff Union at UVA (SUUVA) launched a new campaign to sign up faculty members on May 16. The union is 6 years old, and traditionally, says Jan Cornell, SUUVA president, it has only been open to UVA staff. Now, though, it has opened its membership to faculty. “We need their support,” says Cornell. “America, […]

The web on Webb

Allow me to continue the lovefest that has recently swelled around Virginia Senator Jim Webb (C-VILLE joins in here). As the Democratic primary plays itself out (ohgodpleaseend), VP talk about Webb has increased.

Pencils down

Just received an e-mail from Edward Gaynor, the head of Collection Development at the Special Collections Library at UVA, about the UVA Quiz on this week’s cover. I didn’t tell Gaynor this, but I’ve always harbored dreams of becoming a librarian, especially since they’ve become so cool.

Water fight

Back in February, I wrote about the rift between environmental groups over the water supply plan, a riff that revolved around the idea of dredging. That seems to have died down since then, huh?

Red dirt alert!

Red dirt alert!

Amid the great swatch of red dirt, five houses are springing up in Belvedere. The 675-unit development, which has billed itself as a green project, is beginning a five- to six-year build-out. Cass Kawecki of Stonehaus, Belvedere’s developer, says the initial five houses will be move-in ready by June. The village green will be opening […]

Final exam

Final exam

1. How many books does the UVA Library contain? [answer] a. A little over 5 millionb. 2.5 millionc. Counting would spoil the Library’s magnificence d. The only book necessary, partner, the Bible 2. Who was the last UVA basketball player drafted into the NBA? [answer] a. Roger Mason Jr.b. R.J. Reynoldsc. Ralph Sampsond. George “Peach […]

Tuition goes up while Feds eye endowments

Tuition goes up while Feds eye endowments

As Virginia universities’ tuitions continue to climb, they do so amid calls from Republican U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, for universities to spend more of their endowments to make college more affordable. The total price of education for in-state students at UVA will increase next year by 7.3 percent. […]

Who lives on the Lawn, anyway?

Who lives on the Lawn, anyway?

Despite the big hoo-ha from students when President John Casteen gave fundraiser extraordinaire Bob Sweeney a spot on the Lawn, the pavilions still serve as an all-star gallery for UVA professors. But just who are these powerful few? The list includes a well-known talking head, an endowment head and a handful of deans. All pavilion […]

Final exam

Final exam

1.) It’s true, the UVA Library boasts 5.1 million books, along with 17.3 million manuscripts (civil rights icon Julian Bond’s among them) and 152,487 maps. If you were to read two books a day—and never take a day off to be hung over or arrested—it would take you roughly 6,986 years to read all of […]

Council decides not to decide on big house

When Charlottesville City Council declined to step into the middle of a dispute over the construction of an ambitious, environmentally friendly house that north Downtown neighbors argue is too large, it may have just delayed the inevitable. On May 5, councilors voted 4-1 to (ready for this?) not vote on an appeal brought by residents […]

Would you give this man a job?

Would you give this man a job?

Former Democratic governor Mark Warner rolled into town May 6 as he kicked off his campaign for U.S. Senate. After being introduced by a triumvirate of local Dems named Dave—Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris, Councilor David Brown and state Delegate David Toscano—Warner took the stage. He wasted no time in trumpeting his record as governor: turning […]

Does UVA really need a CVS?

Does UVA really need a CVS?

On April 29, the deal was done. Late-night music at the Corner icon Satellite Ballroom will make way for late-night cigarette and condom purchases. Goodbye indie rockers, local musicians and the crown jewel of the Charlottesville music scene. Hello national-chain behemoth CVS. Local businesses Just Curry and Higher Grounds will have to vacate the Anderson […]

Sabato silent in Post and Times

Sabato silent in Post and Times

If there is one phone number saved into political reporters’ cell phones, at the top of their speed dials, burned into the muscle memory of their collective index finger, it is that of UVA politics professor and director of the Center for Politics Larry Sabato. Even way back in 1994, The Wall Street Journal called […]

City looks long-term for affordable housing

City looks long-term for affordable housing

Since 2006, the number of affordable housing units priced under $100,000 in Charlottesville dropped by over 300, from 479 to 144 in 2008. During that time, the city’s focus on affordable housing has shifted from providing housing to middle-class residents to addressing the lack of low-income housing and its homeless problem. From that focus, two […]