Daily Archive for January 24th, 2008

Downtown Pedestrian Mall Meetings

(This is a copy of a letter that was distributed to various groups concerning the Downtown Pedestrian Mall revitalization.)

You are invited to a meeting on January 29, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sage Moon located at 420 East Main Street to discuss plan concepts and get your input.

If you have any questions concerning the meeting, please contact Tony Edwards, City Engineer, at 970-3992 or email him at edwardst @ charlottesville.org.

Neighborhood Development Services
P.O. Box 911, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902
Phone (434) 970-3182, Fax (434) 970-3359

Dear Downtown Business Owner/ Manager:

As you launch into the New Year, the City continues to be committed to your participation in the revitalization planning of Charlottesville’s Downtown Pedestrian Mall. As mentioned in our December correspondence, The MMM Design Group Team will convene Key Stakeholder meetings and design charrettes this month and we want you to be involved.

The purpose of these meetings will be to update the businesses and building owners on the latest plan concepts, reflect on what we’ve learned about your needs, ask key questions relative to your business sector, and conduct a design charrette — getting your input and reactions.

All of the meetings are targeted for 2 hours, with the schedule as follows.

Pedestrian Mall Scheduled Meetings

Business Sector Date / Time Location
Retail, Services and Restaurants January 24 at 10:00 a.m. SNL Building at 1 SNL Plaza, at 7th Street & E. Jefferson Street
Professional Businesses and Nonprofits January 28 at 10:00 a.m. SNL Building
Entertainment January 29 at 10:00 a.m. City Hall Basement Conference Room
Residents January 29 at 6:00 p.m. Sage Moon

We look forward to continuing to build this plan together.

Kind Regards,

James A. Tolbert, AICP
Director, Neighborhood Development Services

Bike Action Meeting!

I don’t mean for this webiste to become a blog about all the things I wish I could do, but that’s all I seem to have time to do anymore!

In that spirit, here are a few more interesting events happening in and around our city:

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
Downtown Library on E. Market, McIntire Room

Callng all cyclists and would-be cyclists: we’re collecting data on car/bike run-ins. Help us brainstorm on how to present this information and begin plotting an awesome Bike festival for spring!

We will focus on creating an informal system for reporting and tracking bike-auto collisions in the area. Data collected by police reports are known to significantly under represent the true number of collisions, and the Community Bike Shop and others have noticed considerable disparities between local data and actual bike-auto collisions in the area.

At this meeting, we will seek input on:
• A system for tracking such data informally, to supplement official data;
• A system for making the combined data much more accessible for the public.

Co-sponsored by Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation & The Community Bike Shop