new asphalt


I think there used to be a median with trees on route 29.


This new asphalt, District Avenue, runs northwest off Rt. 29 to two-hundred and fifty “luxury apartments” under construction, now leasing.

…living at its finest located in Charlottesville, Virginia, just steps away from The Shops at Stonefield – the new gathering place for Charlottesville residents. We’re close to everything and a haven from it all.–Stonefield Commons


Not sure of the name of this one. McIntire Road Extended? Meadowcreek Parkway? On the east edge of McIntire Park.

DMZ


Walking in the County southeast past the shops at Stonefield. Enjoying the new sidewalk and trees. Headed home. Arriving at the “Main Street” of the County, US Route 29, the neighborhood model takes on a new light. How is the pedestrian meant to cross into Charlottesville? Carefully. Not sure exactly how many lanes there are, standing on one side they are a challenge to count. Big asphalt. Twelve lanes?

run!
There are lots of hashmarks scattered about the intersection, providing guidance to motorists about how to negotiate the DMZ. I didn’t see a crosswalk.
It seems that “transit” in the county means four wheels and a motor. If you have the misfortune to engage in bipedal locomotion, be fleet of foot. What momma said. Look both ways before crossing this road.

In an alternate reality.


scary


My fears regarding the future of neighborhoods? Cut them open to get to the golden eggs, trade them for a handful of magic beans, shrink National Historic Districts and ADC’s to the size of handkerchiefs, widen roads, install sewage pipes in the air, cut down the trees, fire engines everywhere. Anything is possible.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story:

LRTP

segmented highway through a park
The Cville Bike mApp project is a regional bike mapping project developed by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, in partnership with BikeCharlottesville, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia. It will allow transportation planners to better understand how cyclists use the current transportation system. Cyclists will use the App to map their ride and then upload the data. Staff will use the uploaded data for mapping to determine, key cycling corridors, barriers and routes.–TJPDC

(kick-off ride for the mApp. Local cyclists parallel the John Warner Parkway.)

Rt 29 No

detention pond
I received a request from China for pictures of Charlottesville so I biked north via the John Warner Parkway to our “Main Street”, the curiously named Seminole Trail. Why is it named that? No one seems to know.
Most likely it was a trick. Mad Men work, advertising to attract the gullible.
It is a remarkable area, this Seminole Trail, a land of many lakes and places to shop. The lake above was built in association with the newly constructed Arden Place. The name sounds so wonderful, Arden, garden, ardent, verdant…
Arden has some advertising literature which really nails the essence of this area…

Neither urban, nor rural.
 Rather, uptown vibrancy.
Arden Place is a luxury Charlottesville apartment community offering unparalleled levels of quality and service. Located off Route 29 No. in the center of the area’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment, you’ll find you have more time to spend on what is important to you.

bad mulching practice
Headed South on the Seminole Trail I encountered Wildlife. One wonders why these creatures would prefer a parking lot to the aquatic expanses of a detention pond?

mother of all mudpuddles
This is an informal detention pond on the west side of Route 29.

detention pond
This is a formal detention pond in the course of construction. At a later date nature band-aids will be added to its gently sloping sides.
Possibly geese seek out parking lots because they are upstream of these ponds, closer to the source (rainfall) and therefor comparably pristine?

pedestrian
In the course of my three mile ride along Rt 29 (from Arden Place to Barracks Road) I saw one pedestrian.

nassau street
Ended my ride in the East Belmont/Carlton section of Charlottesville.

(Please, if you can direct me toward a silviculture resource for dry ponds and extended detention dry basins do so. It seems that these pits offer new ground for growing fabulous specimen trees in an urban setting.)

pave paradise


Which transportation projects should Albemarle County and Charlottesville begin planning for now to make it easier for people to travel around the community in the future?–Sean Tubbs.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story on yesterday’s local confab regarding which roads the community builds next. The idea of paving Charlottesville, using it as an intersection between Albemarle County locations seems to have a lot of support. Planners want cars to be comfortable, not to be impeded in their daily course.

meter hookup
I live in a neighborhood built before the introduction of the automobile. The last couple of days have been delightful from a traffic point of view. The water main contractor has been inconveniencing drivers as they cut-through our residential streets, reducing their speed and their number.

flagmen
Single-family residential zoning districts are established to provide and protect quiet, low-density residential areas wherein the predominant pattern of residential development is the single-family dwelling.

corner of Franklin and Market
The utility pole at this location and the stone wall on its right have been chunked down by oversized vehicles cutting the corner (see scrapes on the sign).

signs of transgression

Interceptor Anastomosis, Contractor Jamboree

Caterpillar 330C hydraulic excavator
Metra Industries people unload Cat 330C at the intersection of the Meadowcreek Parkway and Melbourne Road.
This area is jumping. So much going on. Is the incoming machine bound for the McIntire Road Extended work area, the Meadowcreek Parkway work area, county land, city land? Will it be working on the Meadowcreek Interceptor, or the 7,000 linear foot Schenk’s Branch Interceptor?

Who is the big boss, the high overseer? Did He/She call buyers in Melbourne Park and let them know their view of the Schenk’s Branch valley and McIntire Park was soon to be replaced with acres of scalped earth and finally, a highway?

left bank, Schenk's Branch