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What’s The Downtown Retail ‘Tipping Point?’

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


What’s The Downtown Retail ‘Tipping Point?’

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 Golf Course Study Committee Report: Fore?

Friday, January 28, 2011


The Golf Course Study Committee Report: Fore?

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 […]

Who are the Degree Holders? More Local Maps You Don’t Need to Refold

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Who are the Degree Holders?  More Local Maps You Don’t Need to Refold

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 […]

Arrested Development At Preston Lake?

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Arrested Development At Preston Lake?

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 […]

Educational Productivity in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Educational Productivity in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

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 […]

Harrisonburg Maps You Don’t Need to Refold

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


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 […]

Home Sales Slump, But Prices Haven’t

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Home Sales Slump, But Prices Haven’t

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.

Harrisonburg City Schools Budget In Trouble?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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This is the second question for Harrisonburg City School Board candidates running in the west district. 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?

Diversifying Job Opportunities In Harrisonburg

Thursday, October 14, 2010


This is the second installment in a Q&A series with Harrisonburg City Council candidates. 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 […]

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    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.

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    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.