City buses aim to run on time

Dude, where\’s my bus?
For years, people forced to rely on Charlottesville\’s public transportation have found the service doesn\’t quite live up to City Hall\’s “world class” slogan. Riders reported eight-hour journeys from Downtown to Wal-Mart and back, and last year an independent consultant confirmed that riders (and potential riders) had zero faith that the Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS) could get them anywhere on schedule.

What is affordable housing?

“The inherent problem is the dirt, and the dirt is too expensive. Unless the government owns the dirt we have a problem.” The comment from local developer Dan Walters sparked some chuckles and quite a few nods of agreement from the 100 or so people crammed into the upstairs chamber at Baja Bean for Left of Center’s monthly meeting. On Tuesday, May 9, the new youth-centric Democratic group took on the topic of affordable housing—one of the most severe issues facing the City of Charlottesville as it deals with continued growth and inflated real estate costs.