iso Peggy Olsen

CHO airport sign

We have the product but we have not had quality creative people.–Susan Payne – Payne, Ross & Associates

Good listening available two hours and fifty minutes into the Charlottesville City Council’s August 20 meeting. Interesting if you are a fan of local politics and Mad Men.

Hear the pitch, hear the clients offer feedback and advice to the Creatives. Hear about placemaking, branding, telling the story, creating the creative, pushing product to screens, authentic experience, extracting more time and money from tourists. Hear political correctness go a round with the copywriter…

Shocking, and I’ll let you go, the hour is late, but I’ll tell you, your number one tourism attraction that comes up from all the statewide surveys that are done is birding, isn’t that surprising?–Susan Payne

My one fervent hope. Please please please do away with the “home of the Cavaliers” sign at the airport. New slogan, new sign:
Charlottesville-Albemarle, for the birds….

Transposition, asphalt commons

yoga
1 mile section of Jefferson Park Avenue temporarily returned to the commons for use by people not in automotive exoskeletons. Yoga in the street.

biker walker

street art
there are 847 acres of road surface in CHO, a sizable canvas

nigerian dwarf
The Nigerian dwarf goat Biscuit

goatherd
Eric Geilker and Biscuit

Labrador
4 y.o. Titan Green drinks.

central place pedestrian mall
Meanwhile on the Downtown pedestrian mall, people share space with equipment responding to a kitchen fire.

reenactor


Charlottesville was established as a gridded town plan from the start. Dr. Thomas Walker was assigned by the County as Trustee, and a two acre public square was set aside for the courthouse at the northern edge of the fifty acre town. The site for the courthouse was selected on a hillside directly above the gridded village, several blocks above Three Notch’d Road or the main street of town. Over time, business activities around the Court Square included taverns, tailors, milliners, a printing shop, a gunsmith, and a jeweler. A portion of the original courthouse (1803) still stands as a part of the current complex of structures. The original twenty-eight block grid corresponds to the following existing streets: Sixth and McIntire on the east and west respectively, Jefferson and South on the north and south. A plan from 1818 indicated east/west streets as 66 feet in width, while north/south streets as 33 feet wide; this plan also indicated a two block by seven block annexation added directly to the north of the original grid.– Ken Schwartz

cat food

fledgling
Without the introduction of the cat control law this little one is dead meat.

Cat at Large No cat shall run at large within the City of Charlottesville and are required to be on a leash.
No owner of a cat shall allow the animal to defecate on public or private land other than his own. Where an animal does defecate on its property the owner of the animal shall regularly clean and sanitize the area and remove all excreta.

seasonal migration


Humans have a highly developed brain and are capable of abstract reasoning, language, introspection, and problem solving. This mental capability, combined with an erect body carriage that frees the hands for manipulating objects, has allowed humans to make far greater use of tools than any other living species on Earth.–Wikipedia

(UVA’s finals exercises this weekend. Walking erect, smart phones in hand, they leave. We are all so sad.)