Even as the UVA men’s basketball team is gearing up for its season opener November 22 against the University of Vermont, the Cavaliers have been busy shoring up recruits for the 2008-2009 season. And with verbal commitments from three high school players, the 2008 recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best—if […]
Previous coverage: 100 doorbells in 90 degreesVOP workers canvas neighborhoods, fighting predatory lending Back in 2004, Belinda Carter and her husband borrowed $600 from a payday lender. Their van, the couple’s only means of transportation, needed emergency repairs. Two years and nearly $2,000 later, she’d finally paid off the principal and its soaring interest. "You […]
In the end, the Charlottesville City Council moved the Piedmont Family YMCA proposal for a $12 million facility at McIntire Park one step closer…
Wouldn’t it be a nice world if you could restructure something like a prison sentence? "Hey judge," you might say, "I can give you 10 years, but I really need to be out in time for the 2018 Super Bowl—what about sticking me in solitary for a year or so instead?" While mortgages aren’t prison […]
In the early 1980s, Virginia Germino's 12-year-old daughter, unbeknownst to her parents, wrote a letter to the newspaper opposing the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP).
The house at 502 Park Hill St., just north of Downtown, sits up on a hill, sightlines protected by trees. Even if you were to peer around the trees, to really get a good look at the house, you would see a structure that seems to slowly melt into its surroundings. This is not an […]
Describing itself as an "innovative source of news dedicated to serving the University community," the Virginia Sentinel launched its online-only news source October 3 with a story about an Honor Committee report that was released two days prior. The Cavalier Daily, the established student-run newspaper, ran nothing on the report. Starting a newspaper from scratch […]
Dave Phillips, CEO of the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, recently said that the slumping housing market needs an infusion of new homebuyers to jumpstart sales. But a look at two companies’ recently released third-quarter reports, not to mention the seismic uncertainties in the credit market, could make potential homebuyers sit on their wallets and […]
The John D'earth band had just left the stage as a cadre of volunteers and supporters took their places on the risers behind a banner reading "Change we can believe in."
It was a dark and stormy night when Lake Anna residents, staff members from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee (NRC) and officials from Dominion Power met to discuss plans for a third nuclear reactor on Lake Anna.
When Michael Watson, then 55 years old, accepted an unloaded pistol as payment for 24 doses of OxyContin, the definition of a single word came into question. A federal provision criminalizes the "use" of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense and imposes a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five years. Because of the […]
When Kurt Krueger, the president of the Piedmont Family YMCA’s Board of Directors, got up to speak at the October 15 City Council meeting, the first thing he said was that the YMCA and the city have some negotiating to do. The Council is considering a $14 million YMCA facility in McIntire Park, and that […]
If vandalism, drug dealing/using or late-night anonymous public sex is your thing, you’re going to want to listen up: Public park hours are changing. City Council just passed an amendment that will close Bailey and Starr Hill parks at 9pm, and close McIntire, Pen, Tonsler and Washington parks, along with the Downtown Pavilion, at 10pm. […]
Last year, the city gave the developer of a 101', 100-unit luxury condo building on Avon Street 365 days to submit finalized site plans for the project.
Let’s just get this out of the way: There are still a lot of homes on the market in the Charlottesville area. A whole lot. According to the third-quarter report [pdf] by the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR), there are 3,471 homes on the market, 479 more than this time last year and three […]
Previous coverage: Rutherford challenges abusive driver feesCharlottesville judge upheld fees, Institute will appeal As The Rutherford Institute prepares for its appeal in the Charlottesville Circuit Court challenging the constitutionality of Virginia’s abusive-driver fees, other legal challenges across the state are also playing themselves out. The challenges come at a time when state lawmakers are facing […]
Fluvanna County leaders got a shock last month when Furniture Brands International’s Creative Interiors announced that it planned to close its doors in Carysbrook next month, taking its 170 jobs with it. The closing comes at a time when the county’s economic prospects are slim. It also comes at a time when the area’s real […]
In Holly Edwards’ view, hiring a public housing prevention specialist strikes the balance between doing the right thing and doing things right. "You have to have policies in order to provide continuity of care regardless of what your clientele base is," says Edwards, who is the program coordinator for the Public Housing Association of Residents, […]
Just back from Boston, where he caught a Red Sox playoff game, UVA's Michael Klarman sits down with C-VILLE to talk about his new book, interesting cases on the Supreme Court docket and why war plays a larger role in American race relations than you'd think. Here's an edited transcript of the conversation.
After denying a 10-acre soccer facility in northern Albemarle County—and breaking the hearts of shin-guarded kids, who are legion—the county Board of Supervisors is backing a new facility for the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville Albemarle (SOCA).
There was something almost impish in the way City Councilor Dave Norris cast his vote to approve an easement for the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP). In the two or three seconds between the clacks signifying the four other councilors votes and the time his vote registered on the board, Norris seemed to grin at the surprise […]
Earlier today Ken Boyd had stood in front of microphones and TV cameras and promised to walk more. It was part of the kickoff for the Local Motion program, encouraging Charlottesville and Albemarle citizens to exercise. Right now, Boyd is already making good on his promise. He walks along the side of the road in […]
The toss itself is at once casual and perfect. The dog biscuit has just enough arc to land about 6′ in front of the barking dog in the driveway, bounce once and then find enough purchase on the blacktop to skid to a stop at the dog’s feet. Mid-bark, it bends its head down to […]
During the 1960s, city planners and developers bulldozed hundreds of predominately African-American communities across the nation to make way for freeways, public buildings and private development. Such projects were grouped under the name “urban renewal,” though they displaced thousands of citizens nationwide. Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill was one of those communities. Maurice Cox, UVA architecture professor […]