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Northam has relaxed COVID restrictions on bar seating. Some local restaurateurs are optimistic — and cautious.

This week, Gov. Ralph Northam loosened restrictions on bar seating, now allowing restaurant-bars to seat patrons at the bar for service, “provided a minimum of six feet is provided between parties.” The amendment to Executive Order 72, made somewhat quietly and effective immediately, was perhaps overshadowed by Northam’s signing of a bill that legalizes simple […]

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Area nonprofits resort to buying a hotel to address local housing and homelessness crisis

This story has been updated to clarify information on AMI and housing affordability, the distinction between TJACH and The Haven, the size of the VSH apartments, and the proximity of the Premier Circle project to a public transit stop.More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no need to restate the havoc it has […]

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After years of advocating for redevelopment, Crescent Halls residents break ground on renovation

Alice Washington knew it was real when the port-a-potties arrived last week. And when the construction fencing went up the next day, she could finally, truly, believe it: After more than 20 years of redevelopment promises made and broken over and over again, after 20 years of advocating for better living conditions for herself and […]

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Charlottesville could become first city in the South to fund right to counsel for eviction proceedings

A single mother of three recently laid off from her job arrives home from a career fair to find an eviction notice taped to the front door of her rental home. An elderly man working part-time to supplement his Social Security income stirs from a nap and notices a sheet of paper that’s been slid […]

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City Council may repeal local COVID ordinance, defer to state

Last night’s Charlottesville City Council meeting began, as usual, with a presentation by Blue Ridge Health District Director Dr. Denise Bonds, whose slideshow full of statistics and charts show that in recent weeks there has been a slight uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout the district, including in the city.  Three hours and […]