Obama Daedalus

shop window
3 floors of out-of-print books, book searches, specializing in fiction. 100,000 books. The Washington Post described the Daedalus Bookshop as “a three-story temple of secondhand lit, a bibliophile’s church tucked away on a curling side street. The steps creak, the nooks are shadowed. Books are piled from dusty floor to shelves that scrape the ceiling.”–visitcharlottesville.org

Python skin

In a 9/12/12 article regarding Moto Saloon the Daily Progress reporter remarked:

Permit opponents, most of whom were older than the bulk of the saloon supporters, argued that the noise problems are undeniable and that they are entitled to tranquility in their own homes.

I wonder if the old folks were wearing orthopedic footwear, had hairpieces, reading glasses and hearing aids? Old people are such a drag on culture and vibrancy.

Managing chaos

three notched road crowd control
President Obama in CHO yesterday. A combination of festival and lockdown but naturally it’s best if it feels like a festival.

Andy Lofton of Obamarocks.org on hand with his product.

I’m guessing this fellow was not a supporter.

A perimeter was established.

Not a good day to cross the railroad tracks.

Watchers were watching.

It takes a village to protect and coordinate for a Presidential trip.

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

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

Eric Geilker and Biscuit

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.


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