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Charlottesville City Council endorses open data goal

On Monday, the Charlottesville City Council unanimously agreed to begin developing an open data policy aimed at promoting transparency and community engagement in municipal government. The council approved a resolution that directs city staff to develop procedures for making government datasets available online in “machine-readable” formats. By definition, open data is free, has no legal […]

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County residents weigh in on future of Rio+29 area

Shopping centers identified as potential sites for redevelopment Albemarle County planning officials and consultants listened to residents’ ideas for the Rio+29 Small Area Plan and presented an update on the project at a recent meeting. The small area plan aims to incorporate the new Rio Road intersection at U.S. 29 with future development and transportation […]

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Albemarle entry in school design contest yields many ideas, but no grant

Albemarle County Public Schools learned Wednesday that they fell short of winning a $10 million grant from XQ: The Super School Project. But school officials said entering the nationwide competition to redesign high school education generated ideas that will shape the division’s schools in the years ahead. Chad Ratliff, Director of Instructional Programs, said the […]

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Computers4Kids opens clubhouse, celebrates 15 years of impacting youth

Since 2001, Computers4Kids has helped disadvantaged young people in Charlottesville and Albemarle County experience the thrill of creating things with technology. Many of those “kids” are now successful adults. “I feel like a proud parent,” said C4K’s executive director, Kala Somerville. “I’m a big believer in the ‘it takes a village’ philosophy. We are not […]

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Vinegar Hill Park plans unveiled

Charlottesville’s Historic Resources Committee hopes to make the history of Vinegar Hill more visible downtown. Vinegar Hill was once the site of a predominantly African-American residential neighborhood and business district. Charlottesville residents voted to raze most of the neighborhood in the early 1960s in the name of urban renewal. At the time, poll taxes prevented […]

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Lidl supermarket proposed for Pantops site

Lidl, a German discount supermarket chain with more than 10,000 locations in Europe, wants to open one of its first American stores in Charlottesville. Lidl announced last year that it would establish its U.S. headquarters in Arlington, build a distribution center in Spotsylvania County and plan to begin opening stores in America by 2018. The […]

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City planning panel recommends Cherry Avenue for detailed study

The Charlottesville Planning Commission has recommended that the Cherry Avenue corridor be selected for a small-area plan to help its neighborhoods cope with looming development. “I agree with Cherry Avenue being the higher priority … not only because of the pressures, but combined with the derelict buildings and open lots that are there just waiting […]

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Tom Tom Festival recognizes Charlottesville innovators

The Tom Tom Founders Festival has chosen nine Charlottesville-area artists, civic leaders and entrepreneurs as winners of the 2016 Founding Cville award. Tom Tom’s board members and previous Founding Cville honorees selected the award winners after receiving nominations from the public. “We look to have a diversity of industries, experiences and backgrounds represented,” said festival […]