2015/08/18

Five men

Filed under: Charlottesville,government,Urban Planning,zoning — WmX @ 15:52
MCWWTP

Coleman, Davis, Michie, Scribner and Weinberg. Who were these five men? 55 years ago Council didn’t entertain “matters from the public” or make announcements about Women’s Equality Day. This Monday in January ’58 Councilors were considering legislation that would open the gates to a flood of Federal money that would wash away one neighborhood and blanket a second with stank.
How were those decisions made?
Historians- write our small town’s zoning history!

RESOLVED THAT JAMES E BOWEN JR., CITY MANAGER OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA BE AND HE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO EXECUTE ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE SAID APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL GRANT FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS
UNDER U. S. C. 466 ET SEQ. IT BEING THE AGREEMENT OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE THAT IF A FEDERAL GRANT FOR THE PROJECT IS MADE PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT (33 U. S. C. 466 ET SEQ.), THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE WILL PAY THE REMAINING COST OF THE APPROVED PROJECT; AND THAT THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE WILL PROVIDE PROPER AND EFFICIENT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE APPROVED PROJECT AFTER COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF.
MR. DAVID J. WOOD JR. ADDRESSED THE COUNCIL AND PRESENTED THE WORKABLE PROGRAM FOR URBAN RENEWAL AS PREPARED BY HARLAND BARTHOLOMEW AND ASSOCIATES. ON MOTION BY MR. WEINBERG, SECONDED BY MR. MICHIE, THE MAYOR WAS AUTHORIZED TO EXECUTE THE LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL TO THE HOUSING AND HOME FINANCE AGENCY.
–Charlottesville City Council Minutes, January 6, 1958

2015/07/08

City Council

Filed under: Charlottesville,politics — WmX @ 07:30
matters from the public

I went to my first City Council meeting when I was 45 years old.

2015/06/28

Monticello, Saunders Trail, VDOT, Route 20 South

Filed under: Charlottesville,traffic,Urban Planning — WmX @ 15:56

Saunders trail

Walked to Monticello this morning on the Saunders trail. Lots of pedestrians out. Encountered 114 people on the way up the mountain, 130 on the way down.



Saunders trail lot

People enjoy walking in a place where cars are disciplined and there is canopy overhead. The great paradox is that to find such a place they have to drive to it. The Saunder’s Trail Parking lot was packed.



bike hell

Long range City and County plans envision a bike ped connection to the Saunder’s trailhead. Meanwhile, from Charlottesville one must walk or bike 4000+ feet on the VDOT Route 20 South straightaway. A road that is a killing field for cyclists and walkers. There are no provisions for users other than motorists. The vehicles are in max velocity mode. Taching up for I-64, or in a post interstate frame of mind, four lane divided highway, high speed merges, go go go!

2015/06/25

Panhandling Planter

Filed under: Charlottesville,Urban Planning — WmX @ 11:39
charlottesville downtown plantless planter

This planter near the “central place” of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall seems to support fauna more often than flora.

2015/06/15

Look3

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 08:39
Look3

Look3, three days, three artists, photo-festival in Charlottesville. Exhilarating and exhausting.

2015/06/13

Soth and Weegee

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 10:39
Look3

Alec Soth and Weegee #look3festival

2015/06/06

CHO Ambassadors

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 00:36
dueling golfcarts

Two months after removing fountain-side benches in an effort to curb panhandling and alleged inappropriate behavior on the Downtown Mall, city officials say they are taking another step toward making Charlottesville a safe, welcoming place. City Councilors recently voted to adopt a Downtown Ambassadors pilot program–Laura Ingles

How is that program working out?

2015/05/25

the Cloud

Filed under: Charlottesville,culture — WmX @ 09:04
vaping

Tracey demonstrates an alternate cloud, not full of data. Smoke Brake Vapes 108 2nd ST NW

2015/05/11

Coragyps atratus

Filed under: Charlottesville,fauna,Urban Planning — WmX @ 08:40

vulture profile

The black vulture (Coragyps atratus) also known as the American black vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America.–Wikipedia



vultures on the roof

Humans like to anthropomorphize animals. In that vein, the vultures are very mannerly. They wait their turn at the table.



vulture eying morsels

Density (check) City services (check) Food options (check) Walkability (not really a concern) Sustainability (check)



at the table

Connectivity (check) Mixed use and diversity (check) Traditional neighborhood structure (check) Smart transportation (check) Quality architecture and urban design (?)

2015/04/26

Jefferson Lodge #20

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 14:30

Masons

The Masons float, Dogwood Festival 2015. Masons in the year 2000



Masons

These gentlemen do gravitas effortlessly.

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