Water Street

Central Place CHO DT Mall
I passed through Charlottesville Downtown 8/12/18 on the anniversary of the 2017 calamity. The mall was quiet.
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There were no swords or soda cans. People had migrated south of the Mall to 4th Street to mourn Heather Heyer.
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Lots of folk on Fourth and Water Streets. Not immediately clear what was up. What were the rules? What was the dance? Who should lead off?
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It felt like a standoff. Citizens were questioning the garb of the authorities. The authorities weren’t saying much. There was a bit of tension, a question in the air.
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Some people were shouting obscenities. Some people were holding their breath. Some people were thinking.
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There were a three members of City Council on hand.
Councilors Bellamy and Hill…
and Mayor Nikayuh Walker
The Councilors did some good talking, reached out to City management and to law enforcement. No blows fell.
The rain came down.
And everyone went home.