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Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

Charlottesville is changing.

But how isn’t always so easy to see. This year, we began a project that tells the stories of how things have and haven’t changed in the last decade. It’s called Changing Charlottesville, and it’s 19 stories about 19 neighborhoods using data, history and voices of the community. The series is by Erin O’Hare and Evan Mitchell, with a team behind them editing and checking data. Here’s an introduction.

We’ve run five stories and will keep going in 2023. Here are five things you might not have known about the neighborhoods where you live, to help you catch up. Click on each story to explore the data for yourself.

A pair of bar charts show large orange bands for “White, not Hispanic” race and ethnicity in Locust Grove and Charlottesville.

Locust Grove hasn’t changed much since the 90s — except that its gotten wealthier and more white

The Meadowcreek Golf Course takes up nearly half of the Locust Grove neighborhood’s acreage.

A line chart shows under 4,000 people in Belmont in 2013 and just over 4,100 in 2020

The 50-by-120 foot lots of Belmont became a template for the rest of the city

Belmont was also the first neighborhood to see houses flipped and resold at much higher prices, in the early 2000s.

A line chart shows median income under $80k in 2013 and above $120k in 2020.

With Cherry Hill and Beacon on 5th, more people live in Johnson Village than a decade ago

It has expanded with townhouses and apartments since its first single family homes were built in the 1960s.

A quick note, before we continue.

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These kinds of projects take resources. Help us keep going with Changing Charlottesville and all our in-depth reporting in 2023. Are you one of the 560 people who already gave? Thank you! If you haven’t yet contributed, this is a great time to click the green button. If just 70 more donors give at any amount, that will mean 7% of our subscribers also make it possible to do this work!

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A bar chart shows income distribution in JPA with the largest number, 28.55% making less than $10,000.

In Jefferson Park Avenue, UVA and the city of Charlottesville are finding ways to live together

Rezoning efforts here could help create more housing for students, and alleviate housing pressure on other parts of town.

A line chart shows the number of sales stalling up to 2020 in Starr Hill.

In less than a decade, more than 100 Black residents moved out of Starr Hill

The neighborhood was named for wealthy and educated Black families, “the Stars.” Here’s how it has changed.

We’ve got 14 more neighborhoods to go in 2023, so stay tuned! We hope this series helps you understand your neighborhood better and offers a way into understanding the impacts of rezoning citywide.

Happy New Year!

Angilee Shah, editor-in-chief

Purple and white logo reads "Changing Charlottesville"
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