At risk

June 22, 2010 the Charlottesville Planning Commission added Franklin Street to the City’s sidewalk priority list. Franklin is one of twelve North South pedestrian paths across the railroad. These railroad crossings are of particular interest because they focus vehicle and pedestrian activity in a confined area.
Since June 2010 the bike/ped facilities at Meade Avenue/Carlton Road, at 1st Street SE, at Shamrock Road and at JPA have been upgraded.

Pedestrians on Franklin Street are left to their own devices.

Even though there are straightforward fixes available.


My favorite aspect of the Look3 festival is hearing photographers talk. They’d run slides while the photographer on the spot would converse with an interviewer. Honesty, humility and reverence made multiple appearances during these conversations: the format is revelatory, productive and beautiful.
Local resident, photographer and National Geographic photography editor at large, Nick Nichols, was one of those interviewed. Pausing here as he prepared to exit stage right.