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Elise Cruz
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News Intern - Summer 2015

Elise Cruz is focusing on community design, land use, and transportation. She is currently enrolled at UVA and is entering her final year of the Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning program where she also serves as the President of the Student Planners Association. She is passionate about healthy communities, social justice, and placemaking. A Wisconsin native, she is enjoying the Charlottesville weather patterns and is wondering where all the snow is! She enjoys playing the violin, biking, practicing calligraphy, and cooking.

What makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you?
I most recently lived in Ashland, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior. I need big geographical features to keep me grounded and humble. The Blue Ridge Mountains drew me here and will keep me here for a while. I love the rich history of the area: evident in the music, food, architecture, and the locals themselves. I enjoy exploring all corners of the city and county to find the best glass of wine or a new favorite reading spot.

Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday?
My ultimate Charlottesville Saturday would start with a drive down to Bellair Farm to pick up my CSA and grab some strawberries and flowers from the pick-your-own fields. I’d mosey back into town with a quick stop for a BBQ sandwich. After a nap, hitting a local trail for a hike sounds perfect. The day would be capped with live bluegrass and a local brew.

Most look-forward-to part of working at Charlottesville Tomorrow?
I am looking forward to gaining a new perspective on the Charlottesville-Albemarle community and getting to know its residents and leaders. Having a “sense of place” has always been important to me. I am eager to see how this internship changes my understanding of this place and my feelings of belonging here.