Sparking Urban Revitalization

Starr Hill is a traditional neighborhood located in the center of Charlottesville, Virginia. It is uniquely positioned between two of the city’s largest economic engines: the thriving downtown Charlottesville and the renowned University of Virginia. Currently, Starr Hill is rather derelict, run down and is waiting for a major revitalization.

Due to its location, Starr Hill still has high volumes of daily vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Starr Hill has witnessed recurring housing and business turnover since the 1960s. The local city government has talked for over thirty years about revitalizing the appearance and function of this corridor.

Starr Hill is full of potential, yet is currently merely travelled through and goes unnoticed by most. Therefore, it is the intention of Grafik Intervention to increase Starr Hill’s visibility and to once again create the attention necessary to jump start a revival.

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
Charlottesville Community Design Center and City of Charlottesville
City of Charlottesville Department of Neighborhood Development Services

Special thanks
Mandy Burbage, Satyendra Huja, Margaret O’Bryant, Teresa Price and Mary Joy Scala

Charlottesville, Virginia


Academy of Art University
School of Graphic Design
Master of Fine Arts Thesis

William Culpepper

Previous Interventions

Flagstaff, Arizona
Big Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ada, Ohio
Bryan, Texas
San Marcos, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia