Jan. 13, 2014
Around 300 University of Virginia students scoured a big chunk of the Route 29 corridor on Monday afternoon, all on foot.
Students in the UVa. School of Architecture walked from Emmet Street all the way up to the North Fork of the Rivanna Reservoir, near Polo Grounds Road.
The students are charged with identifying problems along the road, and then creating a vision of what it could look like in twenty years. They had to consider such factors as changes to the economy, transportation and the environment.
Professors say there is no experience better than seeing the road in person.
"We will understand the opportunities and the problems and how something that we just see as natural can be seen as not so natural and full of opportunities," said UVa. Architecture Dept. Chair Inaki Alday.
The students will work on their plans all week, until a presentation and awards ceremony scheduled for this Sunday. That event will be at the Carver Rec Center, and is free and open to the public.