Birthday party for DT Mall announced

The Downtown Mall celebrates its 30th birthday this year and a celebration is coming together faster than you can say "urban success story." In a press release, the City of Charlottesville and the Downtown Business Association announced a three-day birthday party for everyone's favorite seven-block stretch of brick.

On July 6, opening ceremonies will feature, among other things, the unveiling of a giant "30th" sculpture made of bricks by local artists. If the sculpture is anything like the 12-foot-high "3" and "0" being painted in the Water Street Garage (pictured at left), it should be quite the impressive edifice.

Subsequent events include "A Celebration of Downtown Arts and Entertainment" on July 7 followed by "Family Day with the Kids" on July 8.