Fredericksburg City Beat

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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Holiday week tidbits

- The Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Caroline Street officially opens for business tomorrow, according to Tommy Mitchell, one of three partners who developed the hotel. There will be a grand opening July 8. Look for more on this from business reporter Cathy Jett later this week.

Almost a year ago, the hotel looked like this:

Mariott, August 2008

[This was taken in August of last year. I have since gotten a better cell phone camera.]

- The recession is making cities more attractive, according to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal. The draw comes from people who want to eliminate their commute from the suburbs and folks who are stuck in homes they’re underwater on. It also comes from people looking for jobs and others who need services, so it brings some costs and rewards. This story was about larger cities. Fredericksburg is the hub of its own region, but it’s also been considered an "exurb" (Seriously, is that really a word?) for the DC area, so you could put us on both sides of the scenarios discussed in this story.

- The American Canoe Association is looking at potential downtown digs this week, according to Executive Director Martin Bartels. The association is still raising money and making plans to build a permanent national headquarters and paddlesports center in Celebrate Virginia, on land given by the Silver Cos., but it’s looking for an interim location that could allow it to have more visibility in the community. Learn more in Friday’s business section.