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Prosperous City Market may get improved space

Forty years after its founding, the Charlottesville City Market is thriving. Market days regularly draw more than 5,000 shoppers, and farmers agree that the market is by far the most profitable of any in the region. Yet it takes place in a hot, sloping parking lot with few amenities. In November, the City Council hired […]

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Officials hope new Ivy fire station will lower homeowners’ insurance rates

Earlier this month, Albemarle County announced the opening of Station 15, a $2.2-million fire-and-rescue station housed in a University of Virginia warehouse on Ivy Road. The station was built to improve coverage in western Charlottesville and Ivy. A third goal, as described at a public meeting in 2011, was to protect Ivy homeowners from skyrocketing […]

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Charlottesville mapping project kicks off Friday

Where in Charlottesville do people feel happiest? Where do they go to be alone? Where are the city’s best fruit trees, biggest potholes and strongest smells? These are a few of the questions The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative hopes residents will answer — and visually document — in a community mapping project that begins today. […]

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Local schools, homeowners given incentive to “go native”

Snakeroot, doll’s eye, green dragon — despite their quaint names, these aren’t ingredients in some witchy potion. They are native Charlottesville wildflowers, and among the plants residents can get paid to grow. In January, the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with four neighboring districts to launch the Conservation Assistance Program. The program […]

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Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO explores ‘Multimodal 29’

While debate continues on the design, costs and delays of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29, planners at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization are now including the existing road in the region’s long-range plans. As proponents and opponents of the bypass float ideas to improve the current corridor, the MPO is considering a scenario called […]

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New West Main hotel wins BAR approval

A seven-story hotel slated to replace Random Row Books and City Clay on West Main Street moved one step closer to reality Tuesday evening, when it secured the unanimous approval of Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review. After watching a video rendering of the hotel—produced by Robert Pineo of Design Develop LLC—board members made only minor critiques. […]