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Community Meeting Held on Urban Charlottesville Neighborhoods

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There is a renewed focus on improving some Charlottesville neighborhoods.

The Strategic Investment Area – or SIA – study aims to identify those needs and Thursday night, planners want to hear from you. The goal of the study is to find the best ways to improve the urban neighborhoods in Charlottesville.

The community meeting began Thursday afternoon with a site tour looking at improvements needed in areas near First, Second and Sixth streets. Some concerns include cut-through traffic and pedestrian issues. Some want to incorporate better ways to get more people walking and biking to cut down on those traffic problems.

Organizers say they want to hear from anyone who is interested.

"We want to hear from members of the community about what are your elements that are really some hopes what are your desires, what are some of your concerns and what are some of your fears what are some things you don't want to have happen," said planner Lee Quill.

An open house will be followed by a workshop to take a closer look at some maps of the area.

These leading the study hope to take this feedback and come back with suggestions in May. The meeting is at the IX building and runs until 9 p.m. Thursday.

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