Bill

William Stone Weedon (July 5, 1908 – May 13, 1984), was a scholar, university professor (philosophy, mathematics, logic, linguistic analysis), and U.S. Navy Officer.

William Weedon was an individual not bound by conventions. He was a member of the Albemarle Garden Club at a time when the club had only one other male member.[8] He won a Blue Ribbon Prize in a flower arrangement contest by placing a solitary rose inside a horse’s skull.–Wikipedia

UVA May 24, 1981

George H.W. Bush gave UVA’s commencement address in 1981. Lots of hand made signs greeted him:
STOP U.S. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIRD WORLD HUNGER AND TORTURE
U.S. GUNS KILL U.S. NUNS
THIRD WORLD RIGHTS
IRA
STOP THE NIXON NONSENSE
HUMAN SERVICES NOT MISSLES
Stop the Nixon nonsense? Nixon had been out of office for seven years.

The text of Bush’s speech is available. Of interest to the Charlottesville City Council, Bush spoke about the importance of basic civility in dealing with each other in public affairs.

Slow way home

schoolchildren in Okinawa
saw a movie yesterday written by UVA professor Leonard Shoppa,

poster
  In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school every day, unaccompanied by a parent.  In the United States, just 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, and most are driven to school by a parent.

smart cae
The Slow Way Home explores this divergence, examining how American families have largely given up on keeping our streets and public spaces safe enough for children, while Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society.

pair formation

anderson brothers building
Spring is here. Pair formation. Grackles abound. Students move into spring territory, on the ledge of the Anderson Brothers Bookstore building.

Oh! On the subject of Architecture! Read about Andres Duany’s visit to Charleston where he takes on Preservation Groups, the Fire Marshall, the B.A.R., the Zoning Code, Charlotte and Atlanta , Architects and Traffic and Parking

Main Street Indeed

SARC walkers
Monday January 13 UVA School of Architecture students and faculty walk where angels fear to tread,
a five mile trek north from the Ivy Road “Seminole Trail” intersection to the Rivanna River.

intersection Zan and Trail
The pedestrian infrastructure along Route 29 is 99.9% installed.
Where then are the pedestrians?
During the two hour walk the folk from UVA encountered a handful of indigenous bipeds.
The majority were runners wrapped in spandex, plugged into hydration equipment.
Several were seated at CAT bus-stops, visual and aural hooked to cell phones and iPods.

TV Journalist
The event was covered by the Daily Progress and Channel 29, from automobiles.

under the Fashion Square Oaks
The throng makes its way north at 2.5 mph. While US 29 might appear visually interesting at 45 mph, at walking speed its lack of amenities is notable, there is nothing to see or do other than preserve one’s physical safety.

meatza pizza
The strip is a visual wasteland.

Woodbrooke
One constant along the way were the looks of disbelief that the group of pedestrians received from the rubber tire populace.

Stellar what
Even the newest development along “Main Street” offers slight comfort to bipeds.

fuel
This store featured an inviting, human scale facade.

uva-announcement
Sunday, January 19, students will present their proposals at the Carver Rec Center, 605 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Charlottesville Tomorrow covers the winners
Color photos of the Route 29 trek by Sanjay Suchak
Charlottesville Tomorrow coverage