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Let’s Talk: Trouble on Blue Island?

Why does Albemarle County pay the city of Charlottesville roughly $15 million each year? It’s a deceptively simple question and one answer is that the County needs the City more than the City needs the County. But there is a better answer. In the past few months, the revenue sharing agreement has drawn attention, and […]

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Let’s Talk: College Town Amnesia

I trust UVa President Jim Ryan. He is a straightforward speaker who exudes authenticity and confidence. When he says that “building a stronger relationship with the surrounding community is one of my top priorities as president,” I believe him. I also believe him when he says that for universities to be great, they must first […]

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Let’s Talk: Activism vs. Engagement

An experienced Mexican-American community organizer from San Jose once explained to me that the role of activism, particularly white progressive activism, was to “put the clutch in,” so coalitions acting in their own self-interest could “shift the gears.” I’ve turned the lesson over in my mind for 15 years and always come away with a […]

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Let’s Talk: A New Normal

Two weeks after the August 11-12 anniversaries, Charlottesville is back to normal. The kids are in school. It’s move-in weekend at the University. Businesses on 29 are advertising sales. The Downtown Mall is bustling. But at the City Council’s community feedback meeting on Monday, August 13, emotions ran high. Activists and community members railed at […]

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Let’s Talk: Two Meetings

On July 12, I attended the City’s public briefing on its public safety plan for the August 11-12 weekend, which will mark the one-year anniversary of last year’s coordinated white supremacist attack on Charlottesville. A healthy crowd of citizens and press gathered for roughly an hour at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church for the […]

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Let’s Talk: A New Lens

Informed citizens create better communities; it’s the quickest and highest articulation of our mission at Charlottesville Tomorrow. For the past 11 years, Sean Tubbs has devoted his time, talent, and energy to covering the city and county’s planning and development beats so the people of Charlottesville-Albemarle could engage their governments to make the changes they […]