“Ten years ago I had completed my first political campaign. I was immediately thrust into a controversial debate over how Charlottesville could grow its tax base. I believed we could grow more densely [by] resisting the outward pull of sprawl. Much to my surprise, the public overwhelmingly supported my urban agenda and I won the election by a landslide. By my direct engagement in ... public policy as an architect, I was finally able to create the rules capable of shaping the city for the better.”