I like living in Charlottesville. I fully realize how privileged I am to live here, on the fringe of downtown, walking distance from work, in this micro-community in which I've come to think of anything more than a 15 minute's drive to be "far away." I could be living in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, or Merrilleville, Indiana or (God forbid) Amherst, NY, but I am here and I recognize that this is a piece of good fortune beyond what I deserve.
However. The Hook's latest cover story about C'ville as the Little Apple, a veritable mini Manhattan, has me cringing just a bit. The very fact that an article was published saying, "Look at us! We have a martini bar! Bikram Yoga! We vote Democratic!" rubs the veneer of urban sophistication right off our smug little faces.
I haven't lived in very many cities. I spent most of my life in Buffalo, NY, lived in Boston as a young child, spent a year and a half in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Still, from this, and my time here in C'ville, I've come to recognize what I'm calling the Five Pillars of Urban Life. No doubt, there could be much debate over what these five pillars should be, but since this is my site, and I thought of it, I'm naming the five pillars:
4.Local TV News
5.Quality of the pizza
How does C'ville measure up against the Five Pillars? I'll have to return to that subject another day, since I'm at work right now.
OK--why is C'ville blogs not updating? It's driving me crazy, and the backlog of updated blogs must be tremendous. It hasn't updated since Friday.