David McNair

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Park & Hide: Downtown parking meter program halted, but downtown parking problem remains

In Government, Infrastructure, Shopping, Traffic on January 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm

While many people and businesses are happy that the parking meter program downtown has been suspended, everyone seems to have forgotten why it was implemented in the first place: to reduce congestion downtown and make it easier to find a place to park.

As a 2008 downtown parking study determined, parking availability wasn’t necessarily the problem (there were 6000 recorded parking spaces in Downtown Charlottesville, of which about 5,000 (84%) were off-street and about 1,000 (16%) were on-street, and 1,200 were private )— the free two-hour on-street parking spaces were. Read the rest of this entry »


Bridge Talk. Be there.

In Architecture, Infrastructure, Traffic on November 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm
Ed Roseberry's photo here shows the bridge back in the early 1960s.

Ed Roseberry’s photo here shows the bridge back in the early 1960s.

On Thursday, November 21 at CitySpace on the DTM there will be a public meeting on the Belmont Bridge replacement/enhancement project. Some want to do something unique and special here, like not have a bridge at all but an underpass, or something along the lines of what NYC did with its High Line Park (repurposing an old platform railway line into a pedestrian park) with a vision of some kind of pedestrian-friendly link between Belmont and the DTM, while others just want the aging highway-style bridge replaced. Come out and find out what all the hoop-la is about and express your opinion. 6pm-7:30pm, 100 5th Street NE. Contact Neighborhood Development Services at (434) 970-3182 for more information.

Some additional reading: Which Way for Belmont Bridge?

Official Belmont Bridge Website

Belmont Bridge design contest

Could car crossings at 4th & 5th streets be nixed?

In Infrastructure, Traffic on June 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

As the Newsplex reports, the Charlottesville Planning Commission met Tuesday night to discuss if the car crossings on the DTM fit in with the city’s comprehensive plan. They didn’t end up making a decision, and have planned another discussion before they make one. As some may recall, the PC was never very keen on the crossings.

Here’s some background:

Mall crossing: Lewis demands recuse, crossing opponents lose

Mall crossing: Not a done deal

Denied: Planners nix mall crossing

Biz owners demand 4th St. mall crossing

DTM towing tales: is towing too aggressive?

In Traffic on May 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

The Hook investigates a parking dynamic on the DTM that can ruin your visit downtown and cost you hundreds. Are lot owners being fair? Are those who get towed simply whining? You be the judge:

“It was supposed to be a fun night out on the Downtown Mall for a pair of mothers: dinner followed by a show, then home to their families. But on April 17, after shelling out nearly $80 for tickets to see Nanci Griffith at the Paramount, and dropping another $140 at Hamiltons’ restaurant, not to mention paying $10 for four hours of pre-paid parking, the good times came to a screeching halt when the two women returned to the lot across Market Street from Lee Park just before 11pm to an unwelcome discovery. The minivan was gone.

“I thought it had been stolen,” says Ginny Anderson, an oncology nurse who says she’d paid to park in the lot on many other occasions without incident. In fact, Anderson and her friend would soon figure out, their car had been taken– but not by a thief. It had been towed. READ MORE

Scooter, car accident off of Mall

In Traffic on April 5, 2012 at 12:01 am

A quiet morning on the Downtown Mall was shattered Tuesday by the sound of a metal-on-metal crash that could be heard four blocks down Water Street, as a man driving a large grey scooter eastbound slammed into the passenger side door of a Toyota Rav4 crossing Water Street southbound on 4th Street (see location). The man was sent hurtling against the vehicle and then thrown backward by the impact, landing motionless on the curb behind his mangled scooter in the street. READ MORE

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