Author Archives: Jim Duncan
Hyperlapse by Instagram/Facebook is different, exciting - and differently useful. In comparison to the static, 360º images provided by the Photosphere app, Hyperlapse has been described as "a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand." I see great potential for Hyperlapse for telling stories - the stories that make a city, an area, a neighborhood, a street - compelling.Interesting times, and with the new iPhones being released with seemingly infinitely more powerful processors, I think we'll be seeing an a lot more Hyperlapses and Photospheres. An example - Downtown Crozet is in the midst of Streetscaping right now ...
An easy way to learn about and engage with Albemarle County - Engage Albemarle.
The Comprehensive Plan is Albemarle County's most important document regarding growth, development and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. What general thoughts would you like to share about the Comprehensive Plan as it is being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors this summer and fall?
Better to express your opinion now in the hopes the Comp Plan can be altered than complain about the decisions that have already been made.
What would be helpful would be if the County would identify which specific parts of the Comp Plan are, or are likely to be, up for debate/discussion - in the Housing section, for example (pdf).
Today was an interesting radio show - some real estate and more community, community building, and becoming part of the community. Iâ€™m going to update this post with detailed show notes, but in the meantime, the podcast is here.
Enormous thanks to those who responded so quickly on twitter to my question - how do you assess/define community? (Iâ€™d say community is something that helps answer a question about community quickly!)
A few stories we discussed:
- As Uber expands to Charlottesville, cab drivers speak out
- America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young
- The above led to this a particularly interesting part of the conversation in which we discussed exurbs, proximity to stuff, demographics of folks moving to the Charlottesville area, where theyâ€™re moving and more. These stories I wrote a few years ago are quite relevant - The Slums of Tomorrow Might be Here Today and Are People Really Moving to Cities? and Living Large, by Design, in the Middle of Nowhere and The Fear Factor in Americaâ€™s Growing Exurbs.
- Using Google to find your Triangles
- When buying a home, what do you want to live or not live next to/nearby?
The time is near that phone jacks will be obsolete.
From my Instagram post: Daughter of my client saw this and said, "is that the thing you plug the phone into?" She had just bought an old phone at an antique store. #history
This Sunday should offer a fun hour of radio. Thanks to Rick for asking me to join him on Sunday, I asked friends for topic suggestions to fill an hour of live radio. We should be ok.Suggestions welcome. I asked for suggestions, and some of the early ones are -
- This should be a fascinating topic, should be get to it - America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young
- Which meshes well with this - "What will be/is the impact on the Charlottesville / Albemarle economy as the aging baby boomer population moves from homes, to apartments to retirement communities and assisted living over the next ten years."
- And this - "Who are the local first time buyers? Are they local? What types of jobs do they have? Starter properties affect the entire real estate food chain, so I'd like to know if our local economy provides opportunities for them."
- And ties in with this - "Impact of bringing to market so many high-end apartment plexes in Charlottesville over the last decade, most recently The Flats at West Village for the students and CityWalk for the yuppies."
We have a lot to talk about.
- "Realistic pricing for sellers. when I had to sell my mom's condo in CT, I first visited competing units and saw how long they had been on the market, and then priced to sell within 90 days - didn't give it away, but did not want to sit on it for a year, either!"
Some of Rick's early thoughts as we prep -
- What makes a good neighborhood? (coincidentally, I've had this tab open for a couple days - When buying a home, what do you want to live or not live next to/nearby?)
- Uber (and urban vs suburban vs rural)
- Triangles (a story I wrote last month)
And I love this prompt - "What do we discuss for listeners who aren't buying/selling but want to learn more about our area?"