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City receives just one local proposal for Confederate statue, and the organization wants to melt Lee down

This story has been updated with correct information regarding Henry Shrady’s work on a Ulysses S. Grant memorial.A few years ago, Jalane Schmidt started hearing a common refrain.“We should just melt them down.”At first, she heard it uttered behind closed doors, with little seriousness. But as the Charlottesville community began engaging more with the idea […]

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Charlottesville Planning Commission unanimously approves Comprehensive Plan update after nearly five years of work; now it goes to City Council for a hearing

Charlottesville Planning Commission chair Lyle Solla-Yates was certain that the biggest news to come out of Charlottesville last week would be the Tuesday evening Planning Commission meeting.After all, the topic of discussion — the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan — has been in the works for nearly five years. But just before the meeting […]

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The unprecedented turnover in Charlottesville government could have ‘enormous consequences’ for the community — this is how

Chip Boyles this week became Charlottesville’s fifth city manager to leave the post in less than five years. That is an unprecedented level of turnover in the city’s top position — and the upheaval is not limited to the city manager’s office. In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow this week, Councilor Michael Payne rattled off […]

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‘Confederate memorials are associated with hate’ — New UVA study shows ‘significant’ correlation between lynchings and monuments

John Henry James sold ice cream. That’s all that’s known about him, except for how he died on July 12, 1898, just a few years after moving to Charlottesville. James was murdered by a white lynch mob. More than a century after his death the community in 2019 acknowledged James publicly with a historical marker […]

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From this long-neglected cemetery in the heart of Charlottesville, a handful of volunteers are unearthing stories of Charlottesville’s Black forebears

Robert King walked thoughtfully across the grass, his leather loafers making little sound as he headed toward a place he knew well.“ Look at this, come over here,” said King, who has walked this path many times, first as a boy with his father, and most recently in his work with the Preservers of the […]

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These are the lingering issues decision makers say they want to resolve before they approve the Future Land Use Map

Tuesday’s five-hour Charlottesville planning commission work session on the Future Land Use Map ended with both planning commissioners and city councilors agreeing on a general consensus: We’re getting there. But there’s still work to do. The comprehensive plan update has been a yearslong process, one that is years overdue, city councilor Michael Payne pointed out […]

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What will happen to Charlottesville’s auction block site on which humans were bought and sold? That building is now for sale.

On a hot and hazy afternoon smack dab in the middle of September, Jalane Schmidt stood on a brick sidewalk in Court Square, her gaze cast downward. “These are so fresh,” she said with delight, gesturing with open palms at more than half a dozen vases of fresh flowers placed on the sidewalk. Pink roses, […]

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‘I’d do it all over again.’ Former Iraqi translator talks about his desire to continue serving the United States now that he’s here

This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series, in Razul’s own words, as told to Erin O’Hare. Catch up on the first, second, and third parts.Tony Razul has done well for himself since arriving in the United States — and in Charlottesville — in 2009. As he noted in the previous installment of his […]