Economy and Economics

VT College of Architecture & Urban Studies
3:56 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VT Students Design & Build Clifton Forge Ampitheater

Chuck Almirez/Virginia Tech

To be an architect used to mean being involved in every aspect of a project-- from drawings to ribbon cutting. But like most modern professions, architecture has become specialized and more segmented.  Students in a unique design/build program at Virginia Tech do it the old-fashioned way though-- and their efforts won them the American Architects 2012 Building of the Year Award.

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Virginia Safari
1:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

On Safari in Virginia

Safaris in Africa remain a popular choice for travelers in search of adventure, but they’re expensive and often require vaccinations and medications to guard against life-threatening disease.  Now, a British company is offering something it believes will sell just as well – setting up headquarters in Virginia and selling trans-Atlantic travelers on an American Safari.

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Development Rarely Pays
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Downside of Development

Every five years, Virginia requires cities and counties to update plans for development – how and where they’ll grow. 

Many communities assume growth is good – and some even offer tax breaks to attract new industries and businesses, but a new report by Charlottesville economist David Shreve and planning consultant Craig Evans suggests that’s not the case if new companies hire people from elsewhere. 

That’s because new residents increase the demand for public services, such as education, road construction and maintenance, public safety, water systems, sewers and so on.

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Happy Mother's Day
3:38 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Dear Old Mom

With Mother's Day on the way, many are wracking their brains -- trying to come up with just the right gift.  Charlottesville author Deborah Prum doesn't really care what she gets from her kids -- but she knows there's one gift she won't be giving them.

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Marriage Later, Earlier Kids
11:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Knot Yet

A new report  shows  dramatic changes in the way Americans live, with nearly half of first births occurring out of wedlock and a tendency by couples to marry in their late rather than early 20’s. 

In its latest report, the National Marriage Project  at the University of Virginia looks at why Americans are marrying later and what the consequences of that change – which has taken place over 40 years – might be. 

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