Mall mavens unite!

Mall mavens unite! The Downtown Mall's biggest backers are due at City Hall in just over an hour, and you should be there. You can ask them if their vision was great, or if time simply healed all wounds.

City spokesman Ric Barrick reveals that confirmed attendees include Satyendra Huja, the former Charlottesville Director of Strategic Planning; Cole Hendrix, the former Charlottesville City Manager (he served for 25 years!); Charles Barbour, former mayor and councilman; Mitch Van Yahres, former state delegate and mayor/councilman; current mayor David Brown, and Alvin (Al) Clements, a banker who led the Central City Commission to plan the Mall. There's also a chance that husband-wife team of Nancy O’Brien and Frances Fife, both former mayors will be there.

And Barrick sent along these nifty archival pix! (Check out the one at left to see how the new Pavilion occupies that traffic Y in the foreground; check out the one at right to see how planners thought the Mall might evolve.)