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Jost: HCR Bill “A Step In The Right Direction”

Monday, March 22, 2010


Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past month, you know that last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed a monumental and controversial healthcare reform package. I emailed Harrisonburg resident and nationally-renown healthcare reform expert, Timothy Jost, to get his take on the historic bill.

One Court Square: Use vs Bid

Friday, February 26, 2010


One Court Square has been vacant for so long, it’s become a sort of unfunny joke among certain downtowners. The city and HRHA bought the property for $1 million in 2004, spent another $450,000 on renovations, and has been unsuccessfully trying to break even on a sale ever since. Despite rumors of businesses moving in, […]

Relative Housing Prices and Demographic Shifts in the Valley

Friday, November 28, 2008


A handful of stories in the local media this week have reported on the continuing state and regional shifts in age-related demographics, with some interesting implications for the Shenandoah Valley.

neo-Prohibitionism in the ‘burg?

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Technically speaking, it’s legal to drink alcohol in the city. But the places you can do it, and places you’re allowed to be after you do it are few and far between. In case you missed the story in the DNR Thursday (I did, because it wasn’t online) City Council is expected to change the […]

more of the same from the Va GOP on immigration

Friday, August 31, 2007


It was on the front page of The Washington Post yesterday, and in the DNR today: the state GOP is getting serious about illegal immigration. Harrisonburg’s Delegate, Matt Lohr — whose bills to impose interpreter fees for non-English speaking persons in court got squashed in committee during the last session — says, “They have had […]

World Airwaves out

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


At last night’s council meeting, World Airwaves CEO, Mark Bayliss bowed out of the non-exclusive franchise agreement with the city. It was a 25-year contract which began last summer. The city said he should have had it deployed by now, and apparently he wanted more time. The council voted unanimously to terminate the agreement. Despite […]

the IPv6 content issue

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


Harrisonburg IPv6 deployment woes aside, what happens if World Airwaves does manage to provide v6 access to parts of the city before fall? Today I came across an interesting post from Mozilla’s network engineer, mrz (you know, the open source company that put out Firefox). If you read between the geekspeak, he’s saying that no […]

Road to rue-ing

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Highway issues I wish I’d thought of when I was a big shot. On a three-point scale, what are the worst intersections in H’burg when judged by safety, irritation, correctibility, and intangibles. My personal Massanutten Pique awards follow.

IPv6: behind the hype

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Mark Bayliss and his company, World Airwaves, are under the gun to get the Harrisonburg wireless IPv6 network up and running. As predicted, the city has given them until the end of summer to get it done. But there are still a number of things that seem to be going unreported here.

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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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    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.