Cooking in Belmont

franklin street looking south
At 10:15 this morning members of the JADE task force executed a search warrant at 706 Franklin Street. Three individuals were detained. Materials were removed from what appeared to be a operational laboratory engaged in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Franklin cordoned off
Traffic control cordoned off 500 feet of Franklin Street and established a perimeter. The Fire Department and Hazardous Materials Team handled decontamination.

inbound or outbound?
View from Mason Street looking east. Not able to say what is in the containers. Mr. White?

taking down the decon tent
The operation was winding down around 1330 hrs.

windblown footware
Found this footware just outside the Police perimeter.

last picture show

vinegar hill theater exterior
Sunday 2100 hrs. Moviegoers approach Vinegar Hill Theater, one last time. A very different experience than the multi-screen, acres of asphalt Movieplex.

vinegar hill theater blackboard
Not the place you go to see Wolverine. Human scale. Vinegar Hill Theater manager James Ford thanked long time supporters in advance of Frances Ha, the final movie.

audience watches final credits roll
Credits roll. The lights go out on independent cinema in CHO.

mice and men

installing pipe beneath Carlton AV
All manner of development activity afoot in Charlottesville. One of the Planning Commissioners commented on it last night, I didn’t write the exact number down, but there are something like a thousand “dwelling units” fixing to appear on the real estate market. Another Planning Commissioner asked how we were coming on meeting the proposed Comprehensive Plan goal of having 15% of that new housing affordable. There wasn’t an answer readily available to that question. Most of the housing being built near UVA is constructed to do liposuction on the students’ parents wallets. No one ever builds affordable housing for UVA workers near the U. There is some affordable housing coming on line, JABA’s Timberlake Place in the Woolen Mills and Habitat’s Sunrise Park, 1/4 mile south of Timberlake, in east Belmont-Carlton. (so roughly 5% of the 1000 units are affordable)

MJH redo
Not all the development is residential. CFA remodeling is rocking along at the former Martha Jefferson.

holding ponds
Not all the development is roofs for sleeping/working people. Over on the sewer side of town Big doings. RWSA has been successfully addressing multiple issues. They have increased Phosphorous and Nitrogen removal from their effluent, an excellent development for the Rivanna River, the James and the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, they’ve constructed a wetland, they are fixing to unleash a tunnel boring machine and they have made major strides in odor control, keeping the stink on site.

Lee Quill
In every direction there are people planning…

vortex participant
…tackling long range issues. How do we reconnect the people to the river. How do we make the street a place that’s good for more than squashing possums and exercising fire engines? How do we restore streets to their commons status?


How do we incorporate green infrastructure and low impact development practices into our cheat the cookie building culture?

background Monticello foreground Harry A. Wright's INC
How do we move to excellent urban planning?

Water Street extended

The purpose of this report is to help to establish guidelines and a strong basis for a street tree planting master program for the city of Charlottesville .
Most people in Charlottesville recognize the value of trees in the cityscape, and the fact that much of the existing beauty and character of this city is due to its mature trees. As the city has grown, however, this aspect of its growth has been neglected…We therefore feel that the solution to the problem is within reach at this point, and we are convinced that now is the time to act to correct the problem where it already exists, and to reverse the trend in future development before it becomes too extensive and costly.–excerpt from the introduction of the Guidelines For A Street Tree Planting Master Program For Charlottesville Virginia (1975)

parade

Milo Bechtel-Scott of Free Union

We have a “dogwood festival parade” in Charlottesville. I love a parade. People in the street. Music.

Florettes Majorettes, Richmond, VA

A communal celebration, in the daylight. The nearest we get in the Old Dominion to a second line.

Tuba

Charlottesville High School band

Lexie the Pomeranian

Bring you flag, your dog, your children your vehicle

Woody Berry, the man inside the Lion

I saw a former work colleague getting ready with the lion suit. Woody has been a Lion’s Club member for 32 years.

Tiny Miss Scottsville

Great anticipation rules. Wearing the tiara.

Pete Carey


Rodney Gallagher


Abigail Griswold


Market Street

A perfect day for a parade, cool temperatures, California quality light.

burnout

The main excitement was some vapor and engine noise from a biking contingent. Alas, breaking traction is frowned upon in the Old Dominion.