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Charlottesville’s Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be melted down

Charlottesville City Council has voted to donate its statue of Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  The vote came after midnight Tuesday during a meeting in which Council also opted to postpone its vote on the city’s remaining two removed statues — that of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as […]

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City Council will discuss the final disposition of Charlottesville’s Confederate statues during its Monday meeting

Charlottesville City Councilors expect to discuss the fate of the city’s two removed Confederate monuments and the statue of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea during Council’s Monday meeting. According to the agenda posted Thursday, Council will have a first reading toward “approving the disposition of statues: Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, and Sacajawea-Lewis-Clark ‘Their […]

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Now that the city has a new land use map, it’s time for the massive rezoning process to begin

Monday night, Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to adopt a new Comprehensive Plan. The vote was a major milestone nearly five years in the making. But the work is not over. “The real work is in implementation,” said public housing resident and tenants’ rights advocate Joy Johnson during Monday’s public comment period. “That’s where the […]

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City Council just adopted a wildly controversial Future Land Use Map that proposes major increases in allowable housing density across Charlottesville

It’s a two-page appendix to a multi-chapter, more than 100-page document, but the new Future Land Use Map has been the most controversial aspect of the city’s Comprehensive Plan update to date. That continued Monday evening when the City Council held a public hearing on — and ultimately adopted — the plan, including the FLUM, […]

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Five years later, Charlottesville has a new Comprehensive Plan

Monday night, Charlottesville City Council unanimously voted to adopt the newly-updated Comprehensive Plan. They did so on the first reading and public hearing, after nearly three hours of public comment from dozens of community members, most of whom spoke in favor of the plan.  This wasn’t the first time Council discussed or heard about the […]

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Former Police Chief Brackney demands $3 million from city, alleges wrongful termination

Former Police Chief RaShall Brackney is demanding $3 million from the city of Charlottesville and has lodged a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that her Sept. 1 termination was unjust. Standing in front of city hall on Tuesday morning, Brackney and her attorney, Charles Tucker of The Cochran Firm, accused Charlottesville’s former […]

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City Council (tentatively) plans to decide the fate of Charlottesville’s Confederate statues before the year’s end

A public comment in the last few minutes of Monday’s City Council meeting prompted Councilors to discuss when they’ll decide what to do with the recently removed statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The Council had not discussed the matter since its Oct. 15 deadline for individuals and organizations […]

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Charlottesville is losing its community gardens to redevelopment — this group wants to relocate them to city parks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to better reflect the leadership of residents of various housing communities in making decisions regarding community gardens. Peering into an aqua plastic container that sat atop a folding table, an older woman paused to ask Richard Morris about its contents. “What kind of lettuce is this?” she asked, […]