The idea of mixed-use, high density living, where people reside in apartments over restaurants and retail shops, is appealing to many residents of downtown Harrisonburg. But while the apartments are occupied, many of the commercial spaces on the street level remain vacant. Last week Doug Manners reported in the Daily News-Record on the empty retail [...]
The Harrisonburg Golf Study Committee presented their final report to City Council at the Tuesday, January 25 meeting. As the DNR reported, committee member Davis Walsh presented the recommendations on behalf of the committee. The seven page report, a product of weekly committee meetings between October 11, 2010 and January 20, 2011, is organized around [...]
The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a study today that explores seven decades of data on college completion from the census bureau. The interactive mapping tool on the site allows the reader to drill down to the county and city level, and to watch the changes in educational achievement in the selected locality from [...]
Development of an expansive new urbanist subdivision east of Harrisonburg has slowed since the housing market crash in 2008. Doug Manners reported in Saturday’s Daily News-Record that The Hine Group, the developer behind Preston Lake has been “locked in a still-unsettled legal battle with its lender, Wachovia Bank,” and that the development may be headed [...]
The Center for American Progress is releasing the results from a first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. According to the report, nearly every K-12 school district in the country with more than 250 students was included. The full report, authored by Ulrich Bosser, is accompanied by [...]
Some have blogged recently about the fascinating NYT interactive map of America from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009. This application is a lot of fun, as you can hover over an area and drill down to very granular data. Here are a few of the Harrisonburg maps [...]
Local realtor Scott Rogers’ most recent report on home sales in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County indicates that local housing sales have been slow — down 21 percent in October, compared to October 2009. However, the home prices haven’t significantly dropped along with the pace of sales.
This is the second question for Harrisonburg City School Board candidates running in the west district. hburgnews.com reader Dany asks, “Do you view our city school budget as “in trouble” or needing help? If so, do you view it primarily as a spending/management issue or a revenue issue?
This is the second installment in a Q&A series with Harrisonburg City Council candidates. hburgnews.com reader Chris writes: “In many cases JMU students are forced to leave Harrisonburg post-graduation because of a lack of jobs in their field. Because of this, the Harrisonburg community loses much talent that would be beneficial to our community. As [...]