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The Landmark skeleton as a creative canvass?

The Downtown Mall’s unfinished Landmark Hotel could go from drafty skeleton to a lively composition if one nonprofit’s vision gets support from the city and the building’s owner. The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, a Charlottesville arts organization, has shared a proposal for how art installations could make the most of the structure while owner John […]

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Local schools want more bang, bucks for professional development

Third in a series exploring local education budget initiatives Both Charlottesville and Albemarle schools want to support their teachers. Their budgets for the next school year include pay raises, and both school boards want to keep class sizes small. Another area where the two divisions agree is on the importance of professional development. Charlottesville is […]

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Forum explores art, food as luxury and necessity

Charlottesville played host the last few days to the second biennial New City Arts Forum, in which art, food and community were discussed as necessary for a flourishing life, community and culture. The three-day event at The Haven included six panel discussions that delved into art and food’s relationship to topics including ethics, economy, ephemerality […]

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Belmont Bridge design getting refined

The director of Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services said this week that he is working to ensure the next design for a Belmont Bridge replacement will better meet community expectations. The city has been working with the firm MMM Design to replace the aging structure, but the company’s first version fell flat with some members of […]

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Scale, smell, sight aid redesign of West Main

Before the city was presented with design options for West Main Street, one of the consultants showed Charlottesville how smells, sounds and sights are significant to the success of the street. Architect Oliver Schulze of Schulze + Grassov in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a member of the West Main Street consulting team, presented international examples of […]

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Lights, color, action: New life for Charlottesville’s downtown cinema

The new owners of the Downtown Mall Regal Cinema plan to boldly transform both the inside and outside of the theater as a home for independent film. If all goes according to schedule, the renovated theater’s restaurant and stadium seating will be ready just in time for November’s Virginia Film Festival. Earlier this week, Charlottesville’s […]

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Albemarle School Board advances superintendent’s funding request & other school news

The Albemarle County School Board last week voted 6-1 to send a $164.28 million funding request to the Board of Supervisors. This funding request exceeds anticipated revenues by $6.76 million. Despite the decision to forward the request to the Board of Supervisors, the School Board is expecting to make cuts and will now begin to […]

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City School Board questions budget requests

Tuition increases, a new instructional coaching model, and Schoolyard gardens topped the Charlottesville School Board’s budget discussion Thursday. The total budget was proposed at $68 million, which is about a $3 million increase from last year. The two major items driving the increase are the state-mandated contributions to the Virginia Retirement System, which comes to […]

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Experts say there is money in household trash

Trash isn’t something to dump — it’s something to cash in. Local officials and residents are being challenged to see the economic value in a creative waste management plan. Speakers at a League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area luncheon Tuesday advocated for a collaborative regional effort on trash and recycling. “We need to […]

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Wegmans gets nod from Architectural Review Board

Wegmans Food Markets plans to break ground on a new store in Albemarle County this fall. As shoppers on the south side of Charlottesville and southern Albemarle wait for the grocery store’s expected 2015 opening, the county’s Architectural Review Board has worked to minimize its visibility.  “The first time I opened this, it took my […]