2012/01/31

tectonic

Filed under: Charlottesville,slabtown — WmX @ 11:14

Weldon Cooper CHO pop by nhood
The people at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia have posted some fascinating information on demographic trends in the last ten years.
They did an extra fine job with the graphics, the information is readily accessible regarding population shifts, who is moving in, who is moving out. Shocking really.
In CHO, they say the average house price has doubled in the past ten years. Salaries sure haven’t.
And while people are moving into CHO and AlbCo, people in the Slabtown county are moving out.

boarded up house

2012/01/30

her Dogness

Filed under: dogs — WmX @ 14:26

sophia at twelve
Sophia is twelve today.

2012/01/29

day of rest

Filed under: God — WmX @ 13:21

early in the morning
Cross on the west side of I-81 in Virginia, early in the morning, northbound.

afternoon, I-81 cross
Southbound, 1615hrs, more light.

2012/01/28

speculating

Filed under: stinky — WmX @ 12:35

geotechnical
Time didn’t permit interviewing these gentlemen but I speculate that they are checking out the substrata along tunnel route between Riverview Park and Moore’s Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

2012/01/27

pave paradise

Filed under: Charlottesville,development,traffic — WmX @ 13:08


Which transportation projects should Albemarle County and Charlottesville begin planning for now to make it easier for people to travel around the community in the future?–Sean Tubbs.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story on yesterday’s local confab regarding which roads the community builds next. The idea of paving Charlottesville, using it as an intersection between Albemarle County locations seems to have a lot of support. Planners want cars to be comfortable, not to be impeded in their daily course.

meter hookup
I live in a neighborhood built before the introduction of the automobile. The last couple of days have been delightful from a traffic point of view. The water main contractor has been inconveniencing drivers as they cut-through our residential streets, reducing their speed and their number.

flagmen
Single-family residential zoning districts are established to provide and protect quiet, low-density residential areas wherein the predominant pattern of residential development is the single-family dwelling.

corner of Franklin and Market
The utility pole at this location and the stone wall on its right have been chunked down by oversized vehicles cutting the corner (see scrapes on the sign).

signs of transgression

2012/01/24

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Filed under: fauna,riverine — WmX @ 08:59

bald eagle exeunt
Walking Sophia in misty Slabtown predawn, saw two bald eagles sitting in a tree. When I fetched my camera they split. Edmond was wondering whether I was seeing turkey vultures but I’ve never seen one of those with white tail feathers.

2012/01/23

Quercus phellos

Filed under: Charlottesville,flora — WmX @ 09:25

Q phellos grove, CHO mall
Does anyone know the value of these trees? I heard that the timber at Ragged Mountain didn’t have much value, or more accurately, that the value of the Ragged Mountain trees would be realized by the low bidder on the earthen dam.
But what is the value of this downtown stand? What is the replacement plan? Maybe we could let the restaurants and vendors who lease this space sell the lumber to help defray their rental expense?
Have there been any reports from arborists that these juveniles are “in decline”? That is often the way the cutting begins.

2012/01/22

blue dome

Filed under: fauna — WmX @ 00:19

flying in the ceiling of the church


Branta canadensis-wikipedia

2012/01/21

ears up

Filed under: dogs — WmX @ 09:49

sophie elephant rock beach
one of the main things people do wrong with their dogs is anthropomorphize, attribute human thoughts and sentiments to them.
That said, allow me to do wrong.
Sophia here expressing her inner “German Police”.

2012/01/18

there is a website for that

Filed under: Charlottesville,dogs,signs — WmX @ 09:45

bad parking job
The Saluki, perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog, doesn’t know how to park.
There is a website for the Saluki.
There is a website for this parking job.
The Internet is a vibrant place. Everyone agrees. And so it puzzling to run into the Stop Online Piracy Act disagreement. One of those disagreements between intelligent people that would require study to understand.
Someone please explain.
wikipedia blacked out
So, the website for the Saluki is dark today.
NYT Media decoders Carr and Stelter on the shutdown. “Might be a good day for Encyclopedia Britannica”–B.Stelter

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