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Downtown Mall businesses reopen post-rally

Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall reopened for business Sunday following a day in which most if not all businesses closed their doors due to safety issues associated with the Unite the Right rally and large counter-protest demonstrations. “It’s definitely been a sad vibe today but if you didn’t know any better looking out the window, you would […]

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Design panel denies backless benches for Downtown Mall

Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review has denied a request from the Parks & Recreation Department to replace existing wooden seats on the Downtown Mall with metal ones without backs. At issue is whether making the change would alter the intent of the 1970s-era design of famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. “I feel strongly modifications to […]

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Valet parking now available on Water Street

Six months after Charlottesville’s City Council passed an ordinance allowing private valet parking companies to operate on public streets, a local company has begun parking cars from a kiosk on Water Street. Lenoir Enterprises, a company that built its business providing parking service for weddings and private events, has several weeks under its belt, primarily […]

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Proposed developments bring spaces downtown but might not alleviate parking crunch

Downtown business owners Tuesday night agreed that Charlottesville’s commercial and social hub is in desperate need of more parking spaces. At a meeting of the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville’s parking committee, members said Charlottesville officials should quickly find space to build more public parking, regardless of the result of pending litigation between the city […]

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City panel seeks more options for Downtown Mall seating

The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review wants the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation to re-consider a policy through which public chairs on the Downtown Mall are being replaced with backless metal benches. Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s original design for the mall called for 150 public seats with wooden backs that could be moved. “The […]