Lighthouse Diner on Hull? Sugar Shack? Pho? What’s the Deal?

Closed in 1970, the Lighthouse Diner on Hull Street has been rumored for the better part of 15 years to be just a few short months away from reopening. As it turns out, that was wishful thinking. The quasi-vintage exterior picture from the City of Richmond's real estate records shows what it

Bank Collectors?

When my wife and I were young, neither of us recall wanting to become bank collectors. And I am not referring to the type that call delinquent borrowers to collect unpaid debts. You see, some people collect stamps. Others collect coins. Apparently through some strange twist of fate we have become

Sweeten the Pot….

Transforming a neighborhood doesn't come easy. It can be overwhelming at times when all you see are a myriad of 40 ounce beer cans wrapped in that "oh so chic" shiny black plastic, along with the litter of lottery tickets strewn across the sidewalk. Unfortunately, some mini marts have a way of

Manchester Meet & Greet With Donald Moss

6th District City Council challenger Donald Moss is extending an invitation to all for a Meet & Greet in Manchester on Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 PM - 7 PM. Here is the invitation: "Join us at The Bankuet Place to meet Donald, discuss your concerns for Manchester and Richmond, and hear his plans to get

The contrasting beauty of RVA

RVA is a juxtaposition of contrasting beauty. The natural bounty of the James abounds. Shad, sturgeon, osprey, herons, and eagles live here. Industrial grit noisily squeaks and squeals over steel and concrete bridges as the trains and trucks motor through. Commerce and manufacturing happens here. VCU Students invade and leave the city like a mighty tide as the semesters

Austin Healy on Hull

This March 18th, 1959 photograph of an Austin Healy on Hull Street is pretty darn cool! The building shown in the 1959 photograph at 1200-1202 Hull Street no longer remains, but all of the other structures in the photograph have survived. The furniture store building at 1204-1206 Hull Street is unrecognizable given the

The Rebirth of Hull Street

Casually driving down Hull Street you may not notice all the architects, contractors, and developers working in the neighborhood. Whether they are congregating on the sidewalk, standing on rooftops, or spelunking through boarded up buildings that haven't seen the light of day in 50 me, they are there. You really need to get out

UPS to Lay Off 160 in Manchester

The legacy of J. Hardwood Cochrane's Overnight Transportation is being partially dismantled according to today's announcement by UPS to lay off 160 workers in Manchester as reported by the Times-Dispatch. But I guess that is what's expected when Corporate America takes control of a local business. Then again, the change of control of

Some Good-Lookin’ Cans Y’all!!!

Manchesterites - if you notice some new trash cans in your neighborhood you can thank RVA Clean Sweep and Keep Virginia Beautiful. RVA Clean Sweep received a grant this year from Keep Virginia Beautiful which made possible the purchase of trash cans for Manchester. Clean Sweep has done countless cleanups around