Author: Randi B. Hagi

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Could new zoning changes for housing ease the squeeze? Harrisonburg’s about to have that debate

The way Harrisonburg zones for new housing could change drastically over the next several years as city leaders wrestle with their approach to new developments. And early signs of those changes are starting this month.

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Harrisonburg’s housing crunch leads to fewer homes on the market — and those that are don’t stick around long

Soon, perhaps even later today, Wes Way hopes he will have signed the contract on a home in the Northeast neighborhood. But he’s had to get creative to do it.
Way is one of the prospective buyers scrambling to find a home before it gets snapped up in Harrisonburg’s tight market. Knowing the seller can be a boon to buyers, as homes tend to be on the market for a matter of days, or sometimes hours, before going under contract.

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Council backs off intersection ordinance after torrent of public concern about its effect on those who rely on panhandling

City council members voted unanimously to table a proposed ordinance that would prohibit pedestrians from lingering in the medians at seven major intersections, after a heated public discussion that stretched Tuesday’s meeting beyond four-and-a-half hours.

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Perspective: Confessions of a drag king rookie

What’s it like performing in front of 165 people in Harrisonburg dressed as someone of another sex? Our contributor found out.

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Brent Finnegan campaign. Paid for by Friends of Brent Finnegan.

Protesters urge council to back off of proposal that could affect panhandlers; New budget calls for 6% increase; And recycling is on the move

About 25 people, holding signs with slogans such as “homeless rights are human rights” and “housing not handcuffs,” marched to council chambers from Court Square Tuesday in opposition of a proposed ordinance that was introduced to city council at their last meeting.

3 contractors bid to oversee building of new high school by 2022; School board also looks ahead to strategic plan

The Harrisonburg City School Board now must interview and choose from three contractors vying to oversee the design and construction of the new high school to open in 2022, Interim Superintendent Patrick Lintner announced in Tuesday’s meeting.

City leaders back remembrance of Hburg’s lynching victim and discuss criminal justice issues at Tuesday’s meeting

Council members offered support at Tuesday’s meeting to a civic project memorializing Charlotte Harris, a victim of a public lynching in Harrisonburg 141 years ago.

Ralph Sampson helps lead full-court press to honor a longtime Hburg educator and coach

Harrisonburg High School’s gym will soon sport the name of Roger Bergey – the basketball coach, teacher, and athletic director who served the high school in various roles from 1972 to 2002.

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