In Support of On Street Parking

Most mornings, as I pull into an on-street parking space on 19th Street in Shockoe Bottom, I think about diagonal parking.

Why, you ask? Am I that much of a bore?

My office is at 19th and East Franklin. The street where I park is one way, with diagonal parking on one side and parallel on the other. This means that cars officially can park at an angle. A very old sign at the beginning of the block even says “Park 45 degrees.” It reminds me of pictures of old, showing just about every southern Main Street with a row of Model Ts lined up diagonally in front of busy downtown storefronts.

That this block remains is probably an accident of history. Perhaps a traffic engineer had a soft side and couldn’t let it go. Whatever the reason, I am grateful for it.

What makes me worry is that in the city’s downtown plan, 19th Street is scheduled to become a two-way street as part of the Shockoe Bottom Land Use and Development Strategy, which was adopted by City Council in January 2000. To make way for the two-way street, the diagonal parking will have to go. Continue reading

Little Switzerland Celebrates Centennial

The Clarkson family at Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
The summer congregation at Little Switzerland, North Carolina, standing in front of Church of the Resurrection, sometime after 1939. At center, The Rev. Thomas S. Clarkson, who held services, and much of his family. Camp As You Like it, now Camp Laurel, girls on right.  In the photo are Clarksons of North Carolina, Pollards of Virginia and Halls of Florida. Francis Osborne Clarkson was lay-reader. PHOTO: GARLAND POLLARD COLLECTION

I just found out about the centennial of Little Switzerland, the mountain resort town in North Carolina that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer.

It was founded by my great-grandfather, Supreme Court Justice Heriot Clarkson, and fellow investors as a summertime resort.

I had this photo of the summer congregation of the Church of the Resurrection; it was around 1939 and the Rev. Thomas Clarkson was leading services.

For more information on the centennial, see