The Piedmont View

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Diana Boeke and Amir Abdelmalek

In Memory of Kitty P. Smith

On April 23, we lost a great member of our community—Dr. Kitty P. Smith. She passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family and close friends. Kitty was a long-time Fauquier resident, and worked tirelessly over the past several decades to support land conservation and good land use planning in Fauquier County ...
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Outer Beltway Update

Outer Beltway Update

The Bi-County Parkway project, a key component of the Outer Belt­way scheme, is on hold... for now ...
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Explore Warrenton Trails

Explore Warrenton Trails

See a map with Warrenton's trails, and find out where to view additional trail maps in Fauquier County ...
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This is Big!

This is Big!

The opening of the Silver Line this past July was an important step toward a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don’t quite work—too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space ...
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On the Ground

Read On the Ground updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties ...
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Western Bypass Shelved

Western Bypass Shelved

Big things are happening, or rather not happening, with the costly Western Bypass of U.S. Route 29 just north of Charlottesville. We’re enthusi­astic to report that the ineffective project has come to a halt, and we’re hoping this time it will be a permanent road block. With the Bypass off the table, we can finally get to work on fixing ...
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Coming Together to Save the Historic Waterloo Bridge

Coming Together to Save the Historic Waterloo Bridge

Last fall, VDOT announced plans to possibly close the Waterloo Bridge to vehicular traffic due to safety concerns. PEC shared the news with local community groups and historic preservation advocates, which sparked overwhelming sup­port for the bridge’s rehabilitation—support that transcended the usual demographics and organization affiliations ...
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The Great Homecoming:  An Open House at the McAllister Cabin

The Great Homecoming: An Open House at the McAllister Cabin

Despite some rainy weather, nearly 250 people visited the McAllister Home as part of an event that celebrated Albemarle’s Mountain Heritage. Bob and Carroll Gilges, who own the building and surrounding land, graciously opened their property to the commu­nity for the event. PEC sponsored and organized the celebration with help from Doug Decker, Phil James, and Larry and Debbie Lamb, ...
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