Improve economic and employment opportunities for all residents by increasing the
availability of skilled trades jobs (and training for skilled trades jobs) so
many more low-income families can join the middle class; by expanding the successful GO program and by
working to produce and procure more goods and services locally, as recommended
by the Orange Dot Project; and by championing a true Living Wage and increasing
the number of local employers who are paying it.
Promote mindful community growth and prevent gentrification of working-class neighborhoods by
insisting that public or private development efforts protect neighborhood
livability, honor the historic fabric of our community, support racial and
economic diversity, and allow longstanding residents to remain in their
neighborhoods and upgrade their homes.
Increase the supply of quality affordable housing for lower-income, working poor, elderly,
disabled and homeless residents by building at least 1,000 new units of such
housing throughout the city (through an expanded Charlottesville Affordable
Housing Fund) and by revitalizing our public housing neighborhoods in
accordance with PHAR’s Positive Vision for Redevelopment; ensure that
lower-income residents have top priority for jobs, job training and contracting
opportunities created by these new investments.
Create a ‘greener’ Charlottesville through enhanced public transportation, bicycle/pedestrian
access, renewable energy/energy efficiency, green space preservation, tree
planting, and other such initiatives.