The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


-5The Battery Park neighborhood floods yet again, and Councilwoman Ellen Robertson calls for monthly community progress meetings until the issues are resolved. If they rename the area "Battery Lake," technically it won't get flooded anymore.

+5After nearly a decade of work, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar opens to the public. Unfortunately, a city permits officer shuts down Lee's Cannonball Merry-Go-Round.

+3Fort Lee gets ready to grow, the T-D reports, expecting to gain 7,700 permanent personnel in the next seven years, and an increase in student soldiers from about 40,000 to nearly 61,000. There's going to be so much camouflage, Fort Lee will no longer be visible from space.

+1The University of Virginia gets a $500,000 donation from its president, John T. Casteen III, and his wife, Betsy. Meanwhile, the University of Richmond agrees to reimburse Bill Cooper for his U-Haul expenses.

+2Scores of writers gather for the fourth annual James River Writers Conference, discussing inspiration, literary business and writing techniques. The conference's conclusions: Rising action still good, irony still overused and not enough zombies.

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