July 25th, 2013 issue #1230

July 25th, 2013
  • Hotel city: When will Charlottesville get 'roomier'?

    On a crisp, bright day in March 2008, a suave-looking guy with long hair and a tailored light-grey suit (no tie) told us at a ground-breaking ceremony that a stylish, luxury "boutique" hotel, complete with a roof-top bar and stunning views of of the southeast mountains, would tower over Central Place on the Downtown Mall. What we got, of course, was an ugly tower of grey concrete rising out of the demolished shell of a bank building, an eyesore on our cityscape since 2009 that has the permanence of a metamorphic rock formation.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Latest in the McDonnell scandal: Governor Bob McDonnell repays more than $120,000 in loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, and issues an apology July 23 for "the ...

The Dish

  • Orange bound: Incredible Edible Food Fest

    The self-evidently named Edible Food Fest in Orange, a one-day homage to the farm-to-table movement that launched last year, attracting more than 3,500 people to downtown O...


  • Charm: A pedophile's secret weapon

    I never met the man, but I’m sure I would have been charmed by him, as everyone else was. Why? Because he would have groomed me, as he groomed everyone around him. Tall a...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    July 30 at 11am at the Albemarle CourthouseProperty: Foxtrot Two Hangars Condominium units 6, 7, 9, 11 Debtor: unknown Original amount owing: $430,000 Bidder brings: 10 per...

Movie Reviews



Black and White

  • Route 29

    Somewhere in southwest Virginia ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog.

Cultural preview