June 22, 2010 the Charlottesville Planning Commission added Franklin Street to the City’s sidewalk priority list. Franklin is one of twelve North South pedestrian paths across the railroad. These railroad crossings are of particular interest because they focus vehicle and pedestrian activity in a confined area.
Since June 2010 the bike/ped facilities at Meade Avenue/Carlton Road, at 1st Street SE, at Shamrock Road and at JPA have been upgraded.
Pedestrians on Franklin Street are left to their own devices.
Even though there are straightforward fixes available.
Franklin and Broadway. The sign is advisory in nature, not a sign that the police enforce.
And so…. Franklin and Market. The tractor trailer driver mashes Betty Lou’s front lawn, knocks on doors. Residents on Market Street move their autos so the rig can make the turn he has been advised not to make.
Rashard and Myrle of Masonry Structures repair 90 year old wall on the west side of Franklin. The wall, over the years, has sustained damage from motorized vehicles.
City neighborhood streets are used as an interchange by regional motorists. Getting from point A to point B in the County? Drive local streets through the neighborhoods (in this case Woolen Mills and Belmont), avoid collector streets and traffic signals.
domestic architecture, Woolen Mills neighborhood.
Participants in the Danger Zombies! 5k run flow west on Market a.k.a. Woolen Mills Road a.k.a. the Rivanna Turnpike
I live in a neighborhood at the foot of Monticello, in a house built by James Starkes. James was working for the Charlottesville Woolen Mills in 1860, eight years before the mill took that name. Eight tenths of a mile west of the Mill site we have new a new neighbor, the Black Market Moto Saloon. The proprietor of the Saloon hopes to secure a special use permit to operate a Music Hall
September 26, Neighborhood Development Services, in conjunction with Moto proprietor, M. Frankovich, conducted a “sound test”. City Councilors and Planning Commissioners plus police and NDS staff were on hand. Only thing missing was the source of the Moto’s big sound. No drums, no bass, no amps, no musicians on stage. Just a svelte PA system and a dismounted bison head.
What did the sound test find? Moderate sound spillage to the street.
Jessica Cunnington of Channel 19 reporting the Big Story. She said it never got too loud near the “Woolen Hills” neighborhood.
The proprietor of a recently established restaurant-bar at the gateway of the Woolen Mills neighborhood hopes to acquire a discretionary permit from our City Council to operate a “Music Hall”.
Party advocates are thrilled by the prospect of a small venue (150 legal capacity) with a big sound.
Peoples’ needs/desires are in conflict. The clients of the Moto Saloon want to drink and dance, the Moto proprietor wants to make money. The residents of the neighborhood want to sleep at night.