OK, Cville, NOW what do you say?

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.

Read full story …  Urban planner offers tips to make Charlottesville more walkable ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Wildflower Meadow in McIntire Park East

Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer

Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer
Looking forward to the butterflies – Hope the meadow and trail will open soon!

In reading the Charlottesville Tomorrow article, I was delighted to see that the Overall Park design for McIntire Park East includes a wildflower meadow with a trail loop.   Wonderful! In the years to come, our new meadow will attract many visitors – both tourists and residents.  Hope it is completed soon.

When is the last time you saw a meadow?

Not a field, but a meadow with wildflowers, butterflies, meadowlarks and a wide variety of grasses? When is the last time you saw a Queen Anne’s lace and when is the last time you saw a milkweed plant growing wild? If you’re like me, you have seen more folks that looked like Elvis than even a single, pristine meadow in Central Virginia. That’s because a thick grass called fescue has taken over our fields. It’s worse than kudzu on our trees and it’s a primary cause of a dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population. Meadows, you see, host a wide variety of plants, birds and animals. Fescue fields do not.

Read complete article …  Outdoors: Meadows and butterflies in decline – The Daily Progress: Sports.