Thursday, October 29, 2009


Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Creigh Deeds


life of the party

Staunton, Virginia


Sunday, October 25, 2009

day of rest

church of the blue dome


Saturday, October 24, 2009


sometime innocents look guilty


Friday, October 23, 2009

rural free delivery


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rappahannock River

near Towles Point, Lancaster County, Virginia

We envision a future which celebrates our need to return to the river as a source of daily pleasure, a place of commerce, and a place of occupation brought about by interested citizens and groups working together.

Regarding water quality, Rivanna River Basin Commission's quarterly meeting is tonight, October 22, 6 pm - 8 pm, Charlottesville High School, A-Commons.

Thursday, October 22, 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm. Rivanna River Basin Commission hosts a pre-meeting presentation on the Charlottesville Water Resources Protection Program at the Charlottesville High School, "A-Commons." Tour of stormwater management features at CHS and discussion of the City's stormwater and water resources protection policies and programs.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

informed citizenry

Tonight (Wednesday, 10/21) four candidates for City Council will take part in a forum -- a question and answer session -- airing their stances on the issues that affect our lives in Charlottesville -- and in our neighborhoods. The forum will take place in Council Chambers in City Hall, from 7 to 9 pm.
The forum is hosted by the Alliance of Neighborhoods. Candidates Bob Fenwick, Dave Norris, Andrew Williams and Kristin Szakos (not pictured) will be participating.
The Alliance solicited questions from Charlottesville residents. There is no republican or democratic way to fix a pothole, but is there a Charlottesville way? Ours is a unique political/bureaucratic culture. Join in as questioners shine a light down the rabbit hole.


Thursday, October 15, 2009


Preservation Piedmont has organized an open house and walking tour event in the sustainable, dynamic and historic Woolen Mills Village neighborhood.
Tickets are on sale at New Dominion Bookshop, Greenberry's (Barrack's Road) and Beer Run.
For more info please visit Preservation Piedmont's website and click on the "fall tour event" link.
Questions? E-mail:

This year Preservation Piedmont features both historic and contemporary homes in the Woolen Mills neighborhood to show how new architecture can complement and enrich historic areas. Modern, sustainable architecture expresses the approach to design and living today, and adds a "21st century layer" to the history of a neighborhood. This tour includes a variety of housing and building types to reveal the rich history of the Woolen Mills neighborhood, and to demonstrate how different buildings can change over time to accommodate new residents, while retaining their historic value.
On Saturday, October 17th, from 1-5pm, eleven structures in the Woolen Mills neighborhood will be open for touring. These structures include the historic Woolen Mill and administration building, homes once occupied by mill workers, the Woolen Mills Chapel, and various late 19th century homes in the area.--Preservation Piedmont

The pictures below are remnants from the Woolen Mills Road--Photographs Maps and Legends exhibit which was installed at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, October 2006 through February 2007.
The photos give a taste of the visual fabric of contemporary Woolen Mills. I am being lazy as well, it was an existing document, appropriately, all I had to do was shrink.

The Woolen Mills Village self-guided House Tours begin at the Woolen Mills Chapel at 1819 East Market Street, October 17, 1 PM. The tour shuts down at 5 PM .

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the locations listed above. Saturday, tickets can be purchased at the Woolen Mills Chapel. A $5 discount is available to students, residents in the Woolen Mills neighborhood, and members of Preservation Piedmont.

On Sunday, the Preservation Piedmont events continue. Tickets will be on sale at the A School.

Preservation Piedmont will be hosting a lecture and walking tour of the work of renowned local architect, Stanislaw Makielski.
Makielski, an architecture professor at the University of Virginia for over 40 years, designed numerous buildings in Charlottesville and worked on hundreds of others. The Sunday walking tour, led by UVa architectural history professor Richard Guy Wilson, will look at Makielski's buildings in the UVa and Rugby Road area, and will include the Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity houses, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, and Preston Court Apartments. The tour will conclude with a reception to be held at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church on Rugby Road.--Preservation Piedmont

The Architecture of Stanislaw Makielski (the Architecture School?s first faculty member.)
A Walking Tour with Richard Guy Wilson
October 18, 2-5 PM
Meet: UVA School of Architecture - Naug Lounge


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

duck test and the USGS

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

There is a stream in my neighborhood that I've crossed weekly for 22 years, I've never seen it run dry. When reorienting a public facility near the creek our City took care to avoid environmental damage to this body of water (the creek flows into the Rivanna-James-Chesapeake Bay). The curious thing. USGS doesn't recognize the existence of Meade Creek. It is an unrecognized perennial stream. USGS recognized it back in 1935. Any USGS employees out there? Please explain.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Pueraria lobata

beneath the kudzu there is a stream


Thursday, October 08, 2009


end civil twilight


Tuesday, October 06, 2009


In years past squirrels have gained access to their winter quarters by chewing holes into the attic of my house.
This one had a better idea.


Monday, October 05, 2009

don't sit there

text by Jenny Holzer, engraved in a piece of stone in the MoMA garden. A man in a uniform directed Aus to move. Don't sit there. Not a bench. Move. (art, $30,000+/-)


Sunday, October 04, 2009

day of rest

German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul


Saturday, October 03, 2009

B'more, Maryland

Passing through. Stoops. Photo from Amtrak.


Friday, October 02, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland

view from the Crescent, Amtrak's passenger train, passing through.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Metropolitan Rat

Death comes early if you breathe asbestos