All roads lead to The Corner.
When Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in the last few years of his life, he established much more than just a school. Jefferson's college, removed and separate from nearby Charlottesville, became a village unto itself known as University, Virginia. An entire community grew up within and around the precincts of the institution. The commercial hub of that community - the downtown of University, Virginia - has always been the area known as "The Corner."
Once literally just a corner where the main road to Charlottesville met the entrance to the University, this district has become [seven] city blocks of around-the-clock activity. It is the home of bookstores, restaurants, convenience stores, gift shops, clothing stores, private residences, and more.
- from Coy Barefoot's The Corner: A History of Student Life at The University of Virginia