what remains?


drunken spider

Filed under: development,fishbones — WmX @ 13:55
Carlton Avenue

Here in the hinterland we run our utilities in the air. It is the cheapest way.
Akin to keeping our inventory of used auto parts in the front yard.
Some of the poles are owned by the Dominion, some are owned by the telephone people?
Providers who want to run wires and cable rent space.

A Green City
Charlottesville citizens live in a community with a vibrant urban forest,tree‐lined streets, and lush green neighborhoods.
We have an extensive natural trail system, along with (a) healthy rivers river and streams.
We have clean air and water, we emphasize recycling and reuse, and we minimize storm‐water runoff.
Our homes and buildings are sustainably designed and energy efficient.–Council Vision 2025



strip mall backside

Filed under: architecture,development,signs — WmX @ 15:41
albemarle square backside

the backside of this local mall is more interesting to look at than its front side


stump and rump

Filed under: bipedal,development,dolls,environment,trees — WmX @ 08:58

oak stump man in a suit rump
“Streets and their sidewalks, the main public places of the city, are its most vital organs.” The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jane Jacobs


The giving tree

Filed under: bipedal,development,Uncategorized,Urban Planning — WmX @ 07:40

street stump
“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” Shel Silverstein.
In 1975 Charlottesville developed a street tree plan.
It was never implemented.
The way we get many of our street trees is making developers plant them,
when the development requires a site plan.
But when the required tree dies, does anyone replace it?
Street Stump!


transportation services

Filed under: development,dolls,Urban Planning — WmX @ 13:03

man in a bear suit
The sense of enclosure and the shade these trees provide helps to make “mode-shift” more inviting.
Park the car and walk. Sadly, when individuals in this allee have been cut down in recent years
they have not been replaced.



Filed under: development,Urban Planning — WmX @ 06:40

wire sign cars landscape sitework road
Utilities, site, signage, vehicles in and out, landscape and grading plan, road. OK. Done. A new place.


framework street?

Filed under: architecture,development,neighborhood,Urban Planning — WmX @ 16:18

Ian Lockwood
I wish I was going to Buffalo next week for CNU 22 , confab of new urbanists. My closest approach
was sitting in a room with Ian Lockwood this past week.

framework streets
Ian shared his transportation philosophy, spoke earnestly about connectivity, and showed a map
that alternately intrigues and terrifies. What exactly is a framework street? Reserving judgement until it is
possible to learn more. Does the finish detail of the Duke of Gloucester Street qualify for a modern framework street?

Some new wine doesn’t belong in the old bottle.


Sacajawea and the Crane

Filed under: damage,development,dolls — WmX @ 00:16

statue CHO VA
These three souls are surrounded by asphalt on top of a hill where formerly stood a neighborhood.



Filed under: development,signs — WmX @ 13:20

thankyou note
We pause to count our many blessings…

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