Our City embarked, some time ago, on a Code Audit and the “Streets that Work” plan. Staff, Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees, many people involved. We’ve been visited by smart coders, enlightened engineers and other luminaries. The gradual transition to a lovely Commons is in process. Since electrification at the beginning of the 20th C we’ve grown accustomed to the overhead infrastructure. The utility poles block our sidewalks, the wires divide the sky. Stormwater and wastewater infrastructure was in the ground. But oh, what is this? A handy above ground casket, looks like New Orleans.
Used to be, the water meter was in the right of way, under the sidewalk, accessed by a meter cover (visible in Google’s 2008 Street View photo). The water meter has risen! Into a concrete box. Why?
In a work session the Albemarle County Planning Commission discussed the Charlottesville Woolen Mills property. Seems like they get it. The buildings and the location are a treasure. More than a place to make license plates. A property whose careful rehab and reuse could be pivotal in efforts to reconnect with the Rivanna River.