C’Ville Weekly ran a story titled Push Things Forward, which gave us a look at the future of Charlottesville through the eyes of eight young men and women who are making waves in their fields.

I was tapped to capture a number of environmental portraits and one of my favorite sessions was with Paul Beyer.

Paul is the vice president of R.L. Beyer Construction and recently ran for city council on an a platform of sustainability, job growth and arts promotion. He is a really interesting guy with some great ideas. Here is my favorite quote from his article:

“For most of the city, getting a quart of milk, or a slice of pizza, or a beer means getting in your car and driving. We aren’t a walkable city. As much as we promote it, mass transit doesn’t make much sense here, because we’re not very dense. And we won’t be a truly sustainable city until our main corridors are. Preston Avenue, West Main and most of the city’s core should be far more vital places. Our neighborhoods should be anchored with commercial components: a deli, a diner, a bar, somewhere close enough to walk, where a true sense of community could start to coalesce. What also is crucial to any city getting denser is that more areas are carved out for public use. They don’t have to be big or expensive, just walkable and community oriented.”

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