January 30, 2006
Charlottesville is no stranger to sculptures and artwork on public display, but now one neighborhood is talking about street furniture.
Plenty of people use public transportation and many of the stops are marked by a pole in the ground--but one resident in the Belmont-Carlton neighborhood is building a project to change that. She calls it street furniture that would characterize the neighborhood.
The only requirement is that bus drivers can see through it because there is a sharp turn at Monticello Road and Carlton Road.
It will provide shelter from hot summer sun and winter storms and could be part of a citywide movement.
"Just out of the sun and out of the rain and I've looked around the city and thought it would be nice if we could make this a prototype for interesting bus stops. I mean the downtown bus stops are serviceable, but they don't have any particular character," said Mare Hunter who is building the bench.
The Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association has discussed adding six other benches.
This one is particularly unique because it is located right next to a hostile, so visitors from all over the country and world will use it.