Like in Austin, Sparking the Needed Changes in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA–When city council, and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, approved funding in December to send local officials down to study Austin, there were many who considered it an unfit use of public money. But to me it seemed like a good one, since it finally addressed a question that this city has long faced: “what should Charlottesville become?”

This question is one tied intrinsically into discussions about growth. Since 1990, Charlottesville’s population has increased by only several thousand, but its metro area has by 40%, to over 200,000.… Read more

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