Lucy to step down
Dry-witted city planning commission chair Bill Lucy will step down March 13, Charlottesville Tommorrow reports. Lucy, a UVA architecture professor of urban and environmental planning who joined the commission in 2004, is leaving as part of a planned sabbatical. Never one to mince words, if only to make a sly joke, Lucy has been an outspoken critic of local and national sacred cows such as the Lawn at UVA and America's suburbs. "Baloney," Lucy told the Hook when asked if the Lawn were a sacred place. "The Downtown Mall is a sacred place. A sacred place is where people commune, share ideas, eat together. There's a helluva lot more intellectual exchange on the Downtown Mall than at UVA, and that's because UVA has destroyed it– not by destroying buildings, but by changing their uses."