Emancipation Park. Photo by Jack Looney

Park design experts start from the ground up

What should a public park contain? Swings and slides, shaded benches, a grassy picnic spot? Should there be gestures toward the region’s history, ecology and culture? Could a park be a place of encounter, of healing? In June, following their decision to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from park grounds, city […]

West2nd retains its L-shape, but holds another 28 condos. The view is the corner of Water and Second Street SW. Courtesy Keith Woodard

Feasibility project: New West2nd plan draws complaints

In 2014, the city had a public competition for plans to develop the municipal parking lot that was the longtime home to City Market. Keith Woodard won, and three years later, West2nd, his bold mixed-use project that will house the market, has gone back to the drawing board. Last month, Woodard announced a new development […]

Courtenay Tyler and Derek Mansfield recently opened Tilman’s, a Downtown Mall cheese, wine and charcuterie-focused shop, which also offers sandwiches, salads and desserts. Photo by Amy Jackson

Say cheese: Tilman’s helps you make the right choices

Derek Mansfield and Courtenay Tyler know that shopping for the perfect wine and cheese can be tough. They’re hoping to take the intimidation factor down a few notches, though, with Tilman’s, their cheese shop and wine bar that opened last week on the Downtown Mall. Mansfield and Tyler met while working at Relay Foods, and […]

Alicia Bognanno leads the grunge-pop band Bully. Publicity photo

Bully frontwoman talks audio engineering, screaming and Losing

There’s something Alicia Bognanno of the Nashville-based grunge-pop act Bully wants to get off her chest. Her latest album, Losing, released on October 20 via Sub Pop, is not a breakup record. “I want to scream that to the top of my lungs,” says Bognanno, who easily could. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter/audio engineer/producer frequently screams lamenting […]

Susan Munson has been playing music in central Virginia for more than 20 years. She celebrates her latest release, Halfway to Anywhere, on Friday. Publicity photos

Susan Munson is one of the area’s most prolific musicians

When Susan Munson was a kid growing up in Charlottesville, any time she had something to tell somebody, she’d write them a poem. She’d give it to them too, either hand-delivering the written verse or reading it to them herself. It was the earliest manifestation of Munson’s songwriting impulse, which has her writing more songs […]