West Main Street
James Dinsmore, Thomas Jefferson's building manager, built several brick townhomes on the street in the early 19th century. The road's economic development fortunes took a turn for the positive when the Virginia Central Railroad built tracks alongside. 
The road became a core of Charlottesville's African-American community and several important churches as well as the Jefferson School. In the 1930's, automobile dealers opened showrooms on the road, all of which were gone by the end of the 20th century. 
West Main is home to the city's Starr Hill neighborhood.
21st Century Redevelopment
When the city adopted a new zoning ordinance in 2003, parcels of land along the corridor were upzoned in order to allow for more density and taller buildings.
A design plan by the firm Wallace Roberts & Todd serves as the blueprint to guide development on West Main.
Buildings along the road are subject to the West Main Street Architectural Design Control District. 
The street has a high walkability score. 
Changes since 2012
Flats at West Village
Marriott Residence Inn
In June 2012 the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review granted partial approval to a new hotel to be built on the corner of West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire. The hotel, which would be a Marriott Residence Inn, requires only site plan approval from the BAR in order to move forward with the project.  Their approval was granted in June 2013. 
1000 West Main Street
West Main Study
The city hired Rhodeside & Harwell to conduct a land-use study and streetscape for the corridor. The direction was set in part by the PLACE Design Task Force at their meeting on November 2012.  City Council agreed to spend $350,000 on the project in February 2013. 
The study began in October 2013 with a walking tour of the corridor. 
Businesses and organizations
- Asian Express
- Balkan Bakery
- Blue Moon Diner
- Cat Thrasher Photography
- Continental Divide
- Courtyard Hotel
- Dinsmore House Inn
- First Baptist Church
- The Flower Shop
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
- Hampton Inn
- Horse & Hound Gastropub
- Main Street Market
- Maya Restaurant
- Mel's Diner
- Random Row Books
- Sheer Power Hair Salon (Republic Plaza)
- Threepenny Cafe
- University Baptist Church
- University Tire & Auto Center
- UVA Credit Union
- West Main Restaurant
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- Web. A streetcar for West Main, Sean Tubbs & Kendall Singleton, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 31, 2008, retrieved March 12, 2012.
- Web. Building at JPA-West Main intersection to come down, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 12, 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. Major University housing and mixed-use project coming to West Main, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 3, 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. New West Main hotel gets partial approval from BAR, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 25, 2012, retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Web. New West Main hotel wins BAR approval, Claudia Elzey, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 19, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. Republic Plaza slated for demolition to clear way for six story building, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 19, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. Third student housing complex proposed for West Main, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 20, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. PLACE task force considers West Main and Belmont Bridge, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 9, 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. City to jumpstart West Main improvements, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 24, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Web. West Main study begins with tour of changing corridor, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 24, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2014.