Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Clark Teacher Killed in Shooting

A Clark Elementary teacher died in a Newark shooting last night. CBS-19 reports that third-grade teacher Dawn Reddick was killed in the incident, in which two men and a child were also seriously injured. There are no suspects and no known motive.

Paul Long Running for Council Again

Independent candidate Paul Long is running for City Council, the Progress reports. The public transit advocate and university employee ran for the same office two years ago, finishing last with 7.5% of the vote. He is running on a platform that includes the decriminalization of drugs, having the bus system expand its area of service, and improving homeless shelters. He’s against the Meadowcreek Parkway. He’s running as an independent because he regards Charlottesville Democrats as too conservative (“Bush-lite Democrats”), putting him in the same company as socialist candidate Brandon Collins. He’s the fifth independent to declare his candidacy for the three seats. Democrats will pick their candidates on August 20, and the general election is on November 8.

Dave Matthews Playing Charlottesville Concert

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will be playing an acoustic concert at the downtown amphitheater, Red Light Management announced in a press release this morning. The performance will be on Saturday, August 20. All proceeds will support charities, via an online service that allows ticket buyers to direct their payment to nearly any 501(c)3 in the country. The duo last performed together in Charlottesville at the Jefferson Theater in 1994. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on August 5th, via the amphitheater’s website.

City Gentrifying, Diversifying

Charlottesville is becoming gentrified, Graham Moomaw writes in the Progress, surprising nobody. That’s based on an analysis of neighborhood-level census data done by the university’s Weldon Cooper Center. Between 2000 and 2010, home values doubled, with the sharpest climb in valuations coming in historically black neighborhoods. The black population dropped by 1,600 people (about three percentage points, to 19.4%), while the asian and hispanic populations grew. The white population dropped by half a percentage point, to 69.1%. On the other hand, the black population is growing the urban ring. Belmont and Venable are growing faster than any other neighborhoods.

What About Berkmar Extended?

A press release from the Charlottesville-based Southern Environmental Law Firm raises an important point: Berkmar Drive Extended is supposed to go in the same spot where the Western Bypass is supposed to go, and building one or more bridges over the Rivanna River to carry both of those (and then having Berkmar go over or under the 2–3 on- and off-ramps) is going to be a bit of a trick. SELC had a traffic engineering firm produce a report on the topic, trying to deal with the fact that the Berkmar plan and the bypass plan aren’t reconciled in any way. The engineer concludes that “[u]nder any scenario, trying to fit two facilities in this space would be difficult and extremely expensive,” whether by having adjacent roadways sharing a bridge, a few underpasses/overpasses and a parallel bridge, or just a pair of bridges. (It’s tough to explain, but looking at the diagrams, it’s easy to appreciate the complexity of the problem.)

The Berkmar Drive extension, you’ll recall, is intended to be a part of a parallel road network to 29N, to transport local traffic. It’s a method of getting thousands of cars off of 29N at a significantly lower cost than a bypass. No doubt it’s possible to do so in tandem with the bypass bypass, but rushing through the bypass without considering basic questions like this probably isn’t going to make things go more smoothly in this department.