Photo of David McNair by Anita Byers.

Photo of David McNair by Anita Byers.

The DTM is a news and information website about the Downtown Mall area in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, we also cover much of the town’s growing “urban core,” which extends up West Main Street, and down East Market Street, and into the Belmont neighborhood.  We post about all kinds of things concerning the Downtown area, whether it be a new restaurant opening, development issues, events and shows, or harder news stories.

The website is inspired by the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, a 9-block pedestrian mall created in the 1970s by renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Most of these pedestrian malls created in city centers during the 1970s failed, and for nearly two decades the one in Charlottesville teetered on extinction. However, in the early 1990s a Renaissance took root, helped along by the early formation of the Dave Matthews Band at one of the Mall’s restaurants, several key developments, and the success of several fine dining establishments. Today, Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is one of the most unique pedestrian malls in the country, a constantly thriving urban center that is home to three major live performance venues, over 70 restaurants, 120 shops, a movie theater, ice park, two major hotels, the seat of city government, and countless other attractions. Indeed, the Mall rivals cities ten times it size with the sheer concentration of urban amenities within such a short walking distance.

President Obama, the Dalai Lama, Bruce Springsteen, and Bill Clinton have held events on the Mall, and there’s no reason to believe that the Mall will not continue to attract high-profile visitors, performance acts, and tourists from around the world. It is also home to the Virginia Book Festival in March and features heavily in the Virginia Film Festival in November.

If you’re a writer and interested in contributing to The DTM, give us a shout. We’re always looking for good stuff. Likewise, if you’re a Downtown business owner, give us a shout. We’ve got plenty of effective ways for you to promote your business.

David McNair, founding editor

More about Dave: http://davidmcnair.wordpress.com/

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