this is the lowest turnout i’ve seen at one of the forums, with the exception of the one held at UVA on a rainy weekday afternoon
everything this man says makes me cringe to a degree that is physically painful.
and pinkston cited MLK. true to my word, i’ll find an antiracist cause to give $5 to later.
of the business of council he says, “there is a lot of stuff that goes on down the hallway there that really holds us back,” he says, gesturing toward the hallway where city staff work
the city & county need a regional transit authority, which the state authorized in 2009.
he says the thing about these forums is they all start to adopt each other’s ideas.
he says he never thought about transit growing up, “we had cars and we got around just fine.”
he says the primary driver of growth is UVA, which the city has no control over.
(i can’t tell exactly what he’s getting at)
“when you have more density, you will have more cars.” he says allowing SUPs to cut mandatory parking requirements is “throwing gas on the fire.”
he says the city can lead by example by making greener choices - citing using comparable cutlery at city events.
he says there is community support for using less plastic, saying he’s seen people using reusable bags at the grocery store.
she says she would support a return to a more natural environment in city parks & supports native plant species - lose the bradford pears (that alone is worth your vote 🌳)
it’s also an equity issue - much of affordable housing is built on flood plains.
“our zoning code is broken,” it needs to be simpler & clearer.
“it’s important that we avoid nostalgia,” about past charlottesville, but also “simplistic answers”
he is in favor of softening R1.
“even during rush hour,” there are 4-5 people on a bus (then shouldn’t the solution be increasing ridership?)
he says increasing funding to transit & changing zoning to make it harder to have a car could get us to that mindset shift.
(he’s just listing surface level ideas, no depth)