The smoke from the dumpster fire of the 2016 presidential election has obscured many important issues, not least of them economic mobility. The difficulty of climbing the economic ladder may be overstated, but it also could be reduced.
It’s easy to be seduced by the beauty of Albemarle’s landscape. Just look at the farms, forests and the ancient, lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, and you feel an instant visual sensory buzz. Nonetheless, all is far from well in our open spaces.
We are becoming a city where many people in our future workforce will not be to buy and own a home. Fortunately, there is a homeownership model that can create a supply of homes that will be permanently affordable, the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust.
The Charlottesville region faces a serious affordable housing crisis, one that threatens the well-being of the community and leaves too many hardworking local families and individuals without simple, decent affordable housing.
“If a manufacturer calls interested in locating near a highway, we tell them, ‘We have nothing for you,’” Faith McClintic, Albemarle County’s economic development director said last month.
Over the past 30 years, Albemarle County has more than doubled in size, and that growth shows no signs of slowing. The Daily Progress, along with every news outlet in the region, has covered public responses to this growth for years. Yet despite all the coverage, public engagement remains in…
It is no secret that the Charlottesville-Albemarle area is a highly desirable place to live. This desirability has its downsides, though. One of them is the relatively high cost of living we face.
It is increasingly difficult for young families to start here and, based on Census data, we’ve become an aging community with an influx of baby boomers. This demographic change won’t sustain the Charlottesville area in the long term.