I spent 4 days in Charlottesville. Most of it was inside a conference room, but the time outside was a highlight. I love this crosswalk, even though I was continually amazed that it worked. I pushed the button and the drivers stopped! No one tried to hit me! They saw the lights in the street (nothing hung over the street). This was a cross street without a traffic light but with the pedestrian signal.
I also love this pedestrian mall — there were a couple cross streets for cars, but it was very quiet. The area in the middle had tables for the restaurants. There were a variety of national and local businesses. I wish the Loop near me was like this (and had a drugstore!).
The power of being out on your own two feet.