2014/04/02

Exurbs

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

thankyou note
We pause to count our many blessings…

2013/11/10

under the asphalt

Filed under: artifact,development,road — WmX @ 09:59

peebles block portsmouth ohio
Paving bricks are larger…typically 9 ” by 4 “, and much heavier.  One paving brick weighs almost 10 lbs each.  They have at least twice the “crush strength” of typical bricks, and are fired at a higher temperature, which results in an exterior coating that makes them more impervious to water.–Keith

(in the course of infrastructure changes on W Main some of Charlottesville’s old road history is unearthed, paving brick)

2013/07/11

Fred Payne

Filed under: development,people — WmX @ 09:44

Fred Payne file photo April 09

Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday (July 3) to hold a public hearing on Aqua Virginia’s proposal to provide water and sewer to Zion Crossroads – though the county administrator and country attorney strongly oppose the plan.–Fluvanna Review

Interesting story out of Fluvanna County. (Jobs, water, rivalry, not listening to the attorney… Fluvanna Review has the story)

2013/07/01

Elemental

Filed under: architecture,development — WmX @ 00:26

stairhall
City Walk, stubbed out.

2013/06/23

UV degradation

Filed under: change,development,signs — WmX @ 09:14


After six years exposure to the Virginia climate this Kleeman sign suffered structural failure. A physical remnant of the 2007 Council election.


A physical result of several elections, construction of a road through a park.

2013/06/12

defenestration

Filed under: architecture,development — WmX @ 08:44


From the south side of the CSX tracks the new parking garage at City Walk looks like a data center for the cloud, no windows. The absolute lack of fenestration will be appreciated by residents of building 4, beginning to rise out of the ground south of the garage. The 332,728 square foot building 4 is slated to contain 230 “units”.

2013/05/30

closing in

Filed under: architecture,change,development — WmX @ 14:10

UVA chiller
I briefly worked at UVA hospital. I loved the view. After a 14 hour shift, what was left of me would emerge onto Lee Street. I could look down Lee Street, 120 degrees SE and see Monticello Mountain 3 miles away.

Psalm 121. Levavi oculos. 
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills; from whence cometh my help? 
2 My help cometh even from the LORD, who hath made heaven and earth.

Now, looking down Lee is the 36.5 million dollar chiller approved by UVA’s Board of Visitors three years ago, currently under construction.


This is a work in progress. Once it is all finished the landscape and architecture magicians on UVA’s staff will possibly render it beautiful.

2013/05/20

mice and men

Filed under: development,environmental justice,Urban Planning — WmX @ 07:51


Tonight, last thing on the agenda, Council considers housing for the last people on anyone’s mind.


A developer from Richmond has applied for a special use permit to locate 102 apartments on the eastern and western edges of the former H.T.Ferron ready mix plant on Carlton Avenue.


Tonight, Council will hold a public hearing and discuss the proposed 2013 Comprehensive plan. These plans make a difference. With the new
millennium came a comp plan came high density zoning around UVA and along certain corridors in CHO (Main Street) where services are available.


Was there a memo, was there planning that called for density on the Carlton Avenue corridor? Is Carlton Avenue a corridor. Is it a catchbasin?

2013/05/15

mice and men

Filed under: Charlottesville,development,stinky,Urban Planning — WmX @ 11:49

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?

2013/05/06

big crane

Filed under: development,fishbones — WmX @ 20:34


Precast stair/elevator shaft on the left lifted up by crane. City Walk site.

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