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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 […]

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Council stops interchange dead in its tracks

Council stops interchange dead in its tracks

Way back in July, Charlottesville had grand designs on breaking ground for the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP) in the fall of 2008. Fast forward nine months, and the birth of the controversial parkway through a park is still far off in the distance. At an April 21 City Council meeting, where 30 of the 34 public […]

Your tax dollars, at work

Your tax dollars, at work

Worked for city for: Three yearsResides in: Charlottesville Job title: Director of Communications, a.k.a. the city spokesman. Barrick oversees media relations in town, runs the three local access TV channels, works as a liaison for the Police Department and manages the internal communications of City Hall. Ric Barrick Best of times: “I love the most […]

CHS students will ride for free

As gas prices and sea levels rise, Charlottesville is expanding free public transportation to high school students. Starting June 5, the city will let current CHS freshmen, sophomores and juniors ride Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS) buses free for a year as a part of its Demonstration Program. CTS will also provide free bus rides to […]

Residents question Hope shelter

Two residents of the 10th & Page neighborhood where the Hope Community Center is located urged councilors Monday night to take a closer look at the homeless shelter in the residential neighborhood. The community center, which acts as a shelter for the homeless during the night

Why can’t city and county recycle together?

Why can’t city and county recycle together?

As the deadline nears for the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) to release its final report on its solid waste strategic plan, there is one idea that the head of the RSWA isn’t considering. It hardly seems controversial—consolidating curbside trash and recycling pickup in the city and county—but because of an 18-year-old agreement, it’s off […]

Damn the downturn, full fundraising ahead

Damn the downturn, full fundraising ahead

When you’re trying to scratch out a billion and a half dollars, the last thing you want to see is an economic downturn. So how has our recent financial malaise affected UVA’s $3 billion capital campaign? Let’s just say University fundraisers haven’t exactly been forced into selling pencils and apples on West Main Street. UVA […]

Partisans bicker over execution word choice

Partisans bicker over execution word choice

Among the P.R. flotsam and jetsam swirling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s April 16 decision on lethal injection, a semantic battle over the death penalty continues in Virginia. On April 1, Democratic Governor Tim Kaine granted what he called “a temporary reprieve” of the April 8 execution of Edward Nathaniel Bell while […]

Picking through your curb-side recycling

Picking through your curb-side recycling

When the general manager of the Tidewater Fibre Corp (TFC) recycling facility in Chester stands up in front of 15 visitors and says that 95 percent of the facility’s work is done by manual labor, he is to be believed. Citizens of Charlottesville: Recycling all your plastic, metal and paper may be doing its part […]

City backs federal Department of Peace

What was the line that Claire from “Six Feet Under” uttered about her languishing high school compatriots? “I wish that just once people wouldn’t act like the clichés that they are.” Well, file this resolution from the City of Charlottesville in the Claire Fisher folder: On April 7, City Council passed a resolution supporting the […]

For Region Ten, more money means more responsibility

For Region Ten, more money means more responsibility

 First in a two-part series on mental health reform Spurred by last year’s mass shooting at Virginia Tech, state legislators this spring unanimously passed a package of bills that will bring more people into a mental health care system that is already stretched thin. While the state gave the Department of Mental Health roughly $42 […]

Residents upset over graveyard vandalism

Residents upset over graveyard vandalism

Knocking down headstones and tagging memorials with spraypaint may not bother the dead, but it sure does piss off the living. A recent round of vandalism in Maplewood Cemetery has angered nearby residents and reopened a sore spot between them and the city that stretches back for the better part of a decade. Maplewood, just […]

Bad gets worse for alleged I-64 shooter

Bad gets worse for alleged I-64 shooter

The month of March ended badly for Slade Allen Woodson. On March 31, Albemarle County police charged Woodson with five additional felony counts connected to the I-64 shootings, the same day he was denied bail in a Waynesboro courtroom. Woodson now faces a total of 17 felony counts, 15 in Albemarle and two in Waynesboro. […]

Cav Daily to get grown up ads

Previous coverage: Cav daily sues Virginia ABC over alcohol advertisingUse our guide to brand-name drinking on the Corner! Just one of the many things protected by the freedom of speech? Advertisements for booze in college newspapers. Last week, a federal judge struck down a Virginia state law that prohibits student newspapers from running advertising for […]