Charlottesville Area Transit Session Feedback

We had a great group attend our CAT User App workshop with a mix of Charlottesville residents, City officials, and CAT employees. Lots of different neighborhoods were represented providing us with a variety of takeaways. Several residents shared troubles based on personal experience with our transit system as it relates to safety, accessibility, communication, and[…]

Data on Racial Disparities in Criminal Charges in Charlottesville VA

A report on Charlottesville arrest data was recently written and released by Bill Mendez. The open dataset shows interesting (read: alarming) disparities in charges between African American and White residents of Charlottesville. Before summarizing the dataset we’d like to go over a few critical caveats: 1. Though the dataset provides the gender and race of[…]

Getting Started with the Things Network in Charlottesville

Interested in getting started with the Things Network in Charlottesville?  We recently announced the local community network has 5-10 active gateways that cover most of the city.  We do not own, manage, or maintain this network, we’re simply champions of its existence and usage.  To that, we wanted to curate some resources to help get[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Internet of Things Network Deployed in Charlottesville

Smart Cville and the LinkLab at UVA have helped launch a network to inspire smart city innovation Smart Cville and the LinkLab at UVA are announcing the launch of a free, grassroots Internet of Things (IoT) network in Charlottesville.  The two organizations have purchased and deployed technology from the Things Network to provide a set[…]

Open Data Deep Dive: Understanding Addressing

Smart Cville is hosting an Addressing Deep Dive at 7:00 PM on Thursday, 28 March. The deep dive will be hosted at UVA’s Campbell Hall Room 220C, located on Bayly Dr Charlottesville, VA 22903. Deep Dives are unique events combining presentations by local experts with hands-on activities. This would be very useful to anyone working[…]

Lodging Tax Rates in Virginia Cities

The Lodging Tax, sometimes referred to as “Transient Occupancy” Tax, is one of the popular revenue levers for cities across Virginia. Since debates over changing this tax on hotels (and other short term lodgings) usually contain information on comparable cities, just how do the largest cities in Virginia compare to one another? We’ve compiled, with[…]

An Open Letter to City Council and the Police Civilian Review Board

Over the past three years, our Charlottesville-based non-profit, Smart Cville, has partnered with staff across numerous local municipalities and organizations to increase and improve the use of data in local decision making, community improvement, and civic innovation.  Personally, I’ve also sat on the City’s Open Data Advisory Group and JAUNT, one of the most data-driven[…]