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Architect joins city staff as first urban designer

The walls are still empty in Carrie Rainey’s office, but after five weeks on the job as Charlottesville’s first urban designer, the maps of city streets and proposed construction projects flood her desk and fill her time. The city hired Rainey in April to help facilitate, design and execute some of its major transportation and […]

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Albemarle charter school finding its own way

Students sit quietly in Kathryn Durkee’s dimly lit middle school classroom, studying an element from the Periodic Table. The room in Albemarle’s Community Public Charter School feels more like a spa than a classroom: soft music chimes in the background, a fish tank’s running water produces a tranquil mood, and the overhead lights—which one student […]

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Albemarle County schools go paperless

Students in Albemarle County will no longer have to spend time staring out the windows of their homes waiting for their report cards to come. Now those report cards and most of the other information sent out by the school system will be delivered online. Albemarle County Public Schools announced Tuesday that information including bus […]

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Committee advances West Main redesign plan

A conceptual plan endorsed by the West Main Street steering committee could result in some noticeable changes along the busy Charlottesville corridor, including a reduction in traffic lights, elevated bicycle lanes and fewer on-street parking spots. The Alexandria-based design firm Rhodeside & Harwell, which was hired by the city to coordinate multiple studies of West […]

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Public gives input on new McIntire Park design

Nearly 90 years after a land donation sparked the creation of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park, a major facelift is planned for the eastern half of the facility and a pedestrian bridge is planned to stitch together the property. Charlottesville Parks and Recreation staff and the architects of the park’s plans unveiled the designs Tuesday to a […]

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City council disagrees on future of William Taylor Plaza

The Charlottesville City Council is prepared to support a six-month extension for the sale of public land as part of the William Taylor Plaza development. However, two councilors questioned the legality of the sale at Monday’s council meeting. The council originally approved the mixed-used development, at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Ridge Street, in […]

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Planning firm finishes workshop, gives input on Charlottesville’s streets

After four days of intensive public input sessions, and meetings with community members and elected officials, a national engineering and planning firm completed the first phase of a process that could help determine the future of transportation in Charlottesville. The Toole Design Group on Friday released its findings from the workshops to a group of […]