2015/06/18

A million cubic feet

Filed under: environment,neighborhood,stinky — WmX @ 10:10

CAT 740B

Work was paused temporarily Monday at RWSA’s excavation for members of the public to visit the site, the location of the future Rivanna pumping station.



nobody looks good in a hardhat

First up. Schooling from Dr. Richard Gullick on this great project, using gravity to transport waste water to the sewage plant instead of building a massive pump station adjacent to residences, a state scenic river and a park. The influent to the new pumping station will flow through a pipe in a tunnel bored through 1600 feet of bedrock.



big hole

Attendees at the edge of the excavation.



release the Kraken!

The tunnel boring machine, the mechanical star in our community drama of doing the best, not the cheapest, thing. Enduring thanks to the public and the RWSA Board for this outcome.

2015/06/17

Bass + b&w

Filed under: music,night — WmX @ 08:56
Larry Fink Beats show

Exhibition cave in the BankAmerica building, Charlottesville. Magical setting for images by Larry Fink.

2015/06/16

Franklin Street, ongoing

Filed under: government,meetings,traffic,Urban Planning — WmX @ 11:32
2005 WMNA President Allison Ewing

Ten years ago in May we marked up maps of the Woolen Mills talking about safety and quality of life as it relates to the City right of way in our neighborhood. There have been many entries in this discussion.
There was a moment of hope a year ago 6/16/2014:

Ms. Szakos moved to approve a six month pilot from Market St. to the driveway of the existing business with appropriate signage, conduct a traffic study, and engage citizens and businesses. Ms. Galvin seconded, with the addition of a clearly marked pedestrian pathway. Ms. Smith said we should be sure we give adequate notice to the neighborhoods. The resolution passed. (Ayes: Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None.)

Never happened.
Since that time the Bike-Ped master plan revision has been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission. County and City meet to discuss the Rivanna corridor and planning issues along their joint boundary.
Last night as part of its consent agenda Council approved funds for a sidewalk on Franklin.
The Code audit, Standards and Design Manual revisions, the Streets That Work initiative, these hopeful initiatives seem to be MIA.
The new director of Neighborhood Development has a very full plate.

2015/06/15

Look3

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 08:39
Look3

Look3, three days, three artists, photo-festival in Charlottesville. Exhilarating and exhausting.

2015/06/13

Soth and Weegee

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 10:39
Look3

Alec Soth and Weegee #look3festival

2015/06/12

honey wagon

Filed under: signs,stinky — WmX @ 07:54
septage hauler

septage hauler

2015/06/11

Guard cat

Filed under: signs — WmX @ 10:07
cat sign

Canvassing on Franklin Street

2015/06/10

snake in a bucket

Filed under: fauna — WmX @ 15:11
unidentified reptile

found while gardening

2015/06/06

CHO Ambassadors

Filed under: Charlottesville — WmX @ 00:36
dueling golfcarts

Two months after removing fountain-side benches in an effort to curb panhandling and alleged inappropriate behavior on the Downtown Mall, city officials say they are taking another step toward making Charlottesville a safe, welcoming place. City Councilors recently voted to adopt a Downtown Ambassadors pilot program–Laura Ingles

How is that program working out?

2015/06/05

4th Street SE

Filed under: signs — WmX @ 12:01
I am glad that Richard Millhouse Nixon is still on peoples minds. Environmentalist!

I am glad that Richard Millhouse Nixon is still on peoples minds. Environmentalist!

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