Road Town and You!
Have a Happy,
Safe, and Healthy New Year!
It’s a Fact!
Bacteria in salt ponds
give them their distinct odour and colour.. The Virgin Islands’ salt ponds are
created at the bottom of steep watersheds and help to provide storm protection
and flood mitigation. They are an important habitat and food resource for
migratory birds. (Source: Marine Awareness: A BVI Guide,
The following is an excerpt from the book Smart
Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build
a Brighter Future by Suzanne W. Morse, the executive director of the Pew
Partnership for Civic Change. It describes how one city brought its downtown
back from the edge.
“In the eighties, downtown Charlottesville, Virginia,
looked bleak. Anchor stores were moving to the suburban mall, and small
businesses were closing their doors. In 1984, Charlottesville embarked on a
downtown revitalization effort that can provide lessons for all communities
interested in renewing the health and viability of their downtowns. Located in
the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, Charlottesville,
(pop. 45,000) is home to a number of historical sites that attract thousands of
visitors every year, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello…James Madison’s
Montpelier, and the grounds of the University of Virginia. These attractions
notwithstanding, in the late 1960s Charlottesville found itself facing many of
the same problems confronting cities throughout the country: rapid
suburbanization and the accompanying erosion of the central commercial and
residential urban core. Retail sales in the central business district and real
property assessments were down, and one consultant plan recommended that 65
percent of downtown buildings be rehabilitated or replaced because they were
deteriorated or obsolete. Early attempts at urban renewal and rounds of planning
had come to naught.
The city refused to abandon its hope for downtown
renewal…. City government pored over reports from national consultants and began
to implement a series of policies and concepts suggested by the consultants. The
reports called on Charlottesville to create a downtown that would be clean,
safe, and auto free, in order to encourage people to use the space for work,
leisure, and entertainment. Put simply the common goal was to make downtown
Charlottesville a place where people would want to be.
had been vacated were not abandoned but were preserved and transformed for
alternative uses, including an elementary school that became an art center, a
post office that was transformed into a library, and an auto repair shop that
eventually became the headquarters of a local television station. After being
blocked twice in the late 1970s, efforts to create a historic preservation
district along the pedestrian mall were successful in 1984.
scheme featuring a tight grid, small blocks, and narrow streets created a
pedestrian-friendly environment and a fifteen-block auto-free zone – quite
significant for a city of Charlottesville’s size. A task force comprised of city
officials and downtown businesspeople gave design guidelines to downtown
businesses that limited colours and materials to those thought compatible with
the character of the buildings, helping to create an attractive and
aesthetically pleasing setting. Not least important, the community itself valued
preservation as a desirable approach to design and renewal.
values in downtown Charlottesville rose 10 percent in 1999, compared with 6
percent citywide, and commercial vacancy rates on the pedestrian mall were as
low as 1 percent in July 2001….There are now more people downtown after 5 p.m.
than during the day.
Downtown Charlottesville remains a success today
because the city, private investors, and the public made a commitment to
preserving the area’s historical assets….. Having set realistic goals and
implemented plans to achieve them, community members were able to watch the
revitalization of downtown Charlottesville unfold over many years – and they
were rewarded for their patience.”
Did you know…
That you are liable
for a $100.00 fine if you make a “U” turn on a public roadway where it is not
permitted? Like on the Walter Francis Highway for instance!
Dengue is spread by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dengue often causes a severe headache, fever, rash, and muscle and joint pains.
Nausea, pain and vomiting may also be present. To reduce your chances of
contracting this illness check your surroundings and get rid of potential
mosquito breeding grounds such as containers with standing water, use mosquito
repellent containing DEET, clean clogged rain gutters, and cover all windows and
doors with screens. Contact the Environmental Health Department (494-3701, ext.
5110) if you are concerned about potential breeding areas in your