Downtown Mall

The planting of the planters
Published on May 17th, 2013
0 comments Robbie Kuykendall and Aubrey Howers are doing the spring planting of the planters May 16 on the Downtown Mall. Even though that's right before graduation weekend, John Mann, the guy in charge of...
Flash dancers
Published on Apr 12th, 2013
0 comments If dancers seem to be spontaneously making the Downtown Mall their stage on April 12, odds are good that it was part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival. Veronica Hart and Katie Schetlick danced outside...
Carousel in the cold
Published on Mar 22nd, 2013
0 comments The carousel at Central Place is supposed to celebrate the Virginia Festival of the Book and the coming of spring. On Friday morning at 34 degrees, that seems like a brisk proposition, but maybe it'...
Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?
Published on Dec 6th, 2012
57 comments The success of the Downtown Mall is a miracle in many ways. After it was completed in 1976, initially eliminating five blocks of Charlottesville's Main Street to revitalize the downtown area, it did...
A tree half trimmed
Published on Nov 21st, 2012
0 comments John Stoudt and Rick Dilelio (on ladder) had until Friday evening, November 23, to finish decorating the downtown Christmas tree before its scheduled Grand Illumination at 6pm. Photographed around 1:...
Street theater
Published on Sep 17th, 2012
0 comments Act I of The Madwoman of Chaillot is underway Friday evening, September 14, with the Bank of America as a backdrop. The show continues Thursdays-Saturdays at 6pm through September, with a September...
Tempo treat: Lemongrass Scallops Lafayette
Published on Aug 18th, 2012
4 comments Surprised more restaurants haven't done something like this? A great idea, and a great way to get some attention by presenting a James Beard-inspired dish. Over at Tempo Restaurant & Bar, chef...
Downtown Mall
Published on Jun 25th, 2012
15 comments Filed under Charlottesville.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at
Paradox Pastry opens in the Glass Building
Published on Jun 12th, 2012
4 comments Paradox Pastry, the sweet shop whose owners encourage you to sweat as well, opened bright and early on Tuesday, June 12. "It's been nice and steady," says owner Jenny Peterson behind the cash...
Blood on the bricks
Published on May 31st, 2012
2 comments A six-foot swath of blood drops splattered on the Downtown Mall bricks near the crossing at Second Street greeted people Thursday morning. Police had not responded to an inquiry from the Hook at post...
Keeping our fountains flowing
Published on May 10th, 2012
1 comments Twobears Burgos is the fountain expert with Charlottesville Parks & Rec, and he's performing maintenance on the Central Place fountain on the Downtown Mall to keep it from getting clogged up....
Splash means summer season on Mall
Published on Apr 23rd, 2012
0 comments The fountains at Central Place and other locations on the Downtown Mall were "energized" on April 17, which means they were cut on and will be cascading until the fall.
High on the Skybar
Published on Oct 3rd, 2011
11 comments Dish can't think of a recent restaurant opening that created more buzz than the Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar. When the place opened on Saturday, September 25, nearly 200 people crowed into...
Chroma presents Harvest Madonnari Festival
Published on Oct 1st, 2011
0 comments Chroma Projects, in conjunction with its "Farm Use" exhibition, presents the Harvest Madonnari Festival. Inspired by the 16th century i madonnari tradition of street artists creating images of the...
Lady Justice outside the bank
Published on Sep 28th, 2011
6 comments Lady J declined to answer questions about how she balances the scales of justice and herself on top of that bucket on the Downtown Mall September 16.
Mall kiosk surfaces, British Corner invasion, and is the Mall okay?
Published on Sep 6th, 2011
7 comments The journey of the Downtown Mall's iconic kiosk continues. Three years ago, the City had it removed from the Mall with plans to demolish it. But after the Hook wrote about its demise, some folks...
Mall madness: Roof-top views, new deli, fancy Asian, pastries, and kabobs
Published on Aug 19th, 2011
0 comments On a recent stroll around the Downtown Mall we were struck by all the new restaurant activity: four new places have either opened or are in the works. On Second Street, in the tiny space where Marco...
Courtly: Penthouse condo offers views, convenience
Published on Jul 14th, 2011
0 comments Address: 500 Court SquareNeighborhood: Downtown Asking: $165,000         Assessment: $112,900Year Built: 1926Size: 557 fin. sq. ft. Land: 0...
Pre-Belk flashback: C.H. Williams estate hits auction block
Published on May 17th, 2011
9 comments An upcoming estate auction recalls one of the long-gone department stores where Charlottesvillians shopped for most of the 20th century. Slated for May 21, the sale features art and antiques from...
Noon mark: Mall to get new $25,000 clock, sundial
Published on Jan 25th, 2011
80 comments Ed Smith's proposed timepiece and teaching tool. ED SMITH Back in August 2009, the City launched a design contest for the creation of a clock on the Downtown Mall that would honor Charlottesville's...