Archive | March, 2009

Desktop Driving

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Thanks to Google Maps, you can now drive the wrong way down Main Street. Sort of. Certain roads in Harrisonburg are now on now on Google Street View (discovered via Scott Rogers’ blog). As Renee points out on Twitter, it appears that the Google cam car drove through town sometime last fall.

Central Valley JOA?

Monday, March 30, 2009


The Staunton News-Leader reports it will lay off its press crew and print the paper in Harrisonburg. Many big-city papers a generation ago were saved by Joint Operating Agreements, antitrust-exempt business partnerships that let papers merge advertising, circulation and production operations while keeping independent newsrooms. As some of the papers that were saved by such […]

Which MACRoCk shows are you attending?

Friday, March 27, 2009


Attention indie rock fans. Since MACRoCk will be here in a week, and we don’t have a staff of paid music critics, we need your help sorting through the schedule. There are a lot of obscure bands there. Which ones should people go see, and why? Just as we solicited your questions for city council […]

Central Virginia Green Cities Forum

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Staunton Green 2020, a non-partisan citizen coalition, is hosting the Central Virginia Green Cities Forum on Thursday April 2 at 7:30 pm. An email from the group says: Do you want to see how Staunton stacks up with neighboring cities on going green? Find out when officials from Staunton and three other cities — including Harrisonburg’s progressive […]

the Great Recession and Downtown Development

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Came across an interesting piece this morning from Harvard econ prof Edward Glasser.  He takes a look at urban/ metropolitan areas and  links sprawl and the skill level of the workforce  to the unemployment rate.  He finds, not surprisingly, that…

Smarter than a 5th grader?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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The JMU College of Education is hosting their own version of the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” at 6:30 PM tonight in Memorial Hall auditorium (the old high school building). Contestants include our mayor Kai Degner, weatherman Kirk Clyatt, and more “local celebs” and JMU faculty. Admission is $2 per individual […]

Obenshain vs. VDOT

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


For the past week, Sen. Mark Obenshain has been lambasting Virginia’s Department of Transportation for wasting taxpayer money on things like YouTube videos, among other projects. Today he announced a website of his own,, aimed at exposing what he calls the “central office bureaucracy” and “high level mismanagement” at VDOT.

Cheating goes global

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The Chronicle of Education has an interesting piece this week on the internationalization of essay mills, looking inside one company, tracking its orders, examining its records, and contacting its customers. The company (known as Essay Writers), sells  custom essays matching the precises specification of it’s customers.  These papers, unlike those purchased from online databases, are […]

Chickening out (of the city limits)

Friday, March 20, 2009


Yesterday, National Geographic featured a snippet about “urban chickens” (via Boing Boing). This piqued my interest, because some folks in Harrisonburg recently announced a fundraising event on Facebook called the Harrisonburg Backyard Chicken Project.

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    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street.

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    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide.

  • Harrisonburg Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community

    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month.