Development

Fenwick v. Brown: Charlottesville’s parking wars get personal

| July 8, 2016 | 1 Comments
Fenwick v. Brown: Charlottesville’s parking wars get personal

In the wake of a nasty legal battle regarding the Water Street Garage, between Charlottesville City Hall and the Charlottesville Parking Center (CPC), the skirmish has turned personal. In recent broadcast and print media appearances, Charlottesville City Councilor Bob Fenwick has become increasingly personally critical of CPC owner, Mark Brown. But, Brown says the relationship […]

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Guest editorial: Charlottesville City Council’s plan to give away 20 percent of Oakwood Cemetery

| May 2, 2012 | 15 Comments
Guest editorial: Charlottesville City Council’s plan to give away 20 percent of Oakwood Cemetery

(Note: This is an open letter to Charlottesville City Council from guest editorialist Antoinette W. Roades) To: Members of Charlottesville City Council From: Antoinette W. Roades Date: 1 May 2012 Re: Your plan to give away 20 percent of Oakwood Cemetery Given City practice over the last few years, what you are poised to do […]

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Guest editorial: An open letter to Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Planning Commissions

| April 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
Guest editorial: An open letter to Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Planning Commissions

Guest editorial: An open letter to Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Planning Commissions By Charles Battig, MD With both an engineering and medical background, my views are science and validated-results based.  They are more oriented with F. A. Hayek and “The Fatal Conceit,” than with American Planning Association dogma. None of my comments are intended […]

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Clubbed: The tyrannical, botanical, Democrat politics of McIntire Park

| March 12, 2012 | 16 Comments
Clubbed: The tyrannical, botanical, Democrat politics of McIntire Park

While the press for a botanical takeover of McIntire Park has gone full court, an important underlying component of the process has gone unreported in Charlottesville’s mainstream media: coercive Democrat politics. Charlottesville Democrats in 2004 attempted to oust golf from the park through a series of meetings, plans, and maneuverings led by then-mayor Maurice Cox, […]

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Summer in the city: TJPDC employee overheats on climate change skeptics’ free speech

| February 6, 2012 | 20 Comments
Summer in the city: TJPDC employee overheats on climate change skeptics’ free speech

Hot on the heels of Delegate David Toscano’s outrageous attempt to silence global warming “skeptics” through a suggested denial of constitutionally protected speech comes another insidious, government-sponsored onslaught on the First Amendment. This time, the proposed restriction emanates from Summer Frederick, Planning Manager at Charlottesville’s Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC). Frederick, apparently not satisfied […]

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Signs of the the times: Expect acceptance?

| December 21, 2011 | 3 Comments
Signs of the the times: Expect acceptance?

Electronic traffic signs posted on Rio Road near the northern terminus of the soon-to-be opened Meadowcreek Parkway showed the following messages for at least two days—text likely entered by a recent product of government schools. How many thousands saw this sign and drew negative inferences about incompetent government-hired workers? How many thousands saw this sign […]

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Breaking news: Minor’s Landmark Hotel rising from the ashes?

| September 19, 2011 | 2 Comments
Breaking news: Minor’s Landmark Hotel rising from the ashes?

Halsey Minor, owner of Charlottesville’s long-stalled Landmark Hotel project, has announced a new developer/associate in the venture. Minor has partnered with Tim Dixon, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association’s (BBLA) 2011 Hotelier of the Year. Dixon, highly regarded as a creative hotel visionary, is perhaps best known for his award winning Milwaukee property, The Iron […]

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Gun shy: Rooker fires at tea party, then ducks appearance on Schilling Show

| September 16, 2011 | 3 Comments
Gun shy: Rooker fires at tea party, then ducks appearance on Schilling Show

Hot on the heels of a declamatory shot across the bow of the Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP), Albemarle County Supervisor, Dennis Rooker, has refused an invitation to appear on WINA’s The Schilling Show in order to clarify inappropriate remarks he delivered at a recent public assembly. At the Wednesday, September 7 Albemarle County Board […]

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Roadkill: VDOT tells Army Corps to pull plug on Meadowcreek Parkway permit

| July 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
Roadkill: VDOT tells Army Corps to pull plug on Meadowcreek Parkway permit

In the midst of multiple lawsuits challenging Charlottesville and Albemarle’s Meadowcreek Parkway, a new development may render the long-simmering project roadkill. At issue is the segmentation strategy, wherein the localities split the road into three distinct projects—Meadowcreek Parkway, McIntire Road Extended, and the 250 Bypass Interchange—purportedly in order to avoid greater federal environmental scrutiny. In […]

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Guest editorial: Sustainablists Behaving Badly, Part I

| June 16, 2011 | 8 Comments
Guest editorial: Sustainablists Behaving Badly, Part I

Sustainablists Behaving Badly, Part I by Carole Thorpe On June 8, roughly 300 people packed Lane Auditorium for a work session held during the regularly scheduled Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss several items relating to Sustainable Development in our community. This work session was called directly as a result concerns raised by the Jefferson Area Tea Party during […]

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