We recently had friends stop by for a couple of hours during a trip to visit relatives in Richmond. They were amazed that from our small townhome community we were able to walk a block to a supermarket, pharmacy, and other conveniences. They loved it when we were greeted as if we were family at La Joya, the neighborhood restaurant that we walk to often. After learning that we had a bus across the street that gets us to the Downtown Mall in about 5 minutes and another bus that takes us to UVa and the UVa Health Center in about 10 minutes, they kept remarking that our retired life seemed just about perfect.
Thanks Charlottesville Tomorrow for bringing Jeff Speck to Charlottesville. I hope more of our citizens will be able to experience the joys of living in a truly walkable city.
“The challenges you face aren’t how to become a vibrant place where people want to be, but how to provide the best quality of life for those people who come here and to allow more of them to experience the best of what you have to offer,” he said.
The talk, titled “Towards a More Walkable Charlottesville,” was sponsored by Charlottesville Tomorrow and was held Thursday at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. More than 200 people attended.