Photo of David McNair by Anita Byers.The DTM takes its name from a local short-hand used for Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, a 9-block stretch of Main Street that was converted into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s. As a local reporter for many years, I noticed that much of what happens of cultural, political and social importance in the community often involves this urban experiment, what the late Bill Lucy, a UVA architecture professor of urban and environmental planning, referred to as a “sacred” place in our community where people “commune, share ideas, and eat together.” Indeed, in addition to some of our best restaurants, music venues, cafes and a such, the DTM is also home to our local government, our court systems, our cultural centers, our major festivals; and perhaps more significantly, to the troubling aspects of our shared history and the promises for the future.

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Unlike every other media source, you won’t find local news siloed on The DTM. We’ll always feature links to good reporting from other media sources.

David McNair, founding editor.

David McNair is an award-winning reporter and editor based in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a staff writer for The Hook, which won the state’s top journalism prize from the Virginia Press Association three times, and wrote about world affairs for Takepart.com.


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