Sculpture Comes to Hull Street

I jumped out of my chair and did a happy dance when I heard that the City of Richmond is commissioning an art sculpture for Hull Street! Here is the message we received from Natalie Draper, the Branch Manager for the Hull Street Library: I thought you would be interested to know about a public

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

Is it appropriate for corporate home builders to try to steal Richmond's timeless historical architecture and replicate it in a faux urban-suburban environment? That is the question as it pertains to urban design versus suburban lifestyle. I’m referring to a new development called GreenGate being built in Short Pump. Their business plan is to

Got Junk in Your Alley?

Got junk in your alley? Broken down street signs? Graffiti tags on buildings? Broken street lamps? If you live in Manchester, you know what I'm talking about. These issues are rampant. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of seeing mattresses, TVs, couches, any random piece of junk that you would normally see

Rediscovering What We Lost: Hull Street

I know its hard to envision now, but the Hull Street shopping district used to be one of the busiest areas in all of Richmond. While Hull Street still has considerable vehicle traffic as a commuter corridor, it has lost nearly all its pedestrians who once shopped its high density retail district. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch archives,

Mayor Stoney Grabs A Shovel for Pothole Palooza

It looks like Mayor Stoney got the message during his campaign-Manchester is littered with potholes. But have no fear. According to the Mayor's recent tweets, the Department of Public Works just held a Pothole Palooza in Manchester. According to the Mayor: "Our DPW crews have repaired 994 potholes citywide using 53 tons of

Calling all Grocers

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer issued a research report entitled-Richmond at a Glance: Focus on Manchester. The report has a section entitled Calling All Grocers which rightly points out: "Manchester, despite all of the new multifamily product coming online, is still something of a “food desert” as defined by the USDA

City of Richmond Continues to Allow Raw Sewage to Dump Into James River from Mayo’s Island

In 1972 the floodwaters from Hurricane Agnes completely submerged Mayo's Island and The Mayo Bridge. To gain a perspective on just how bad it was, check out the current day Google Street View image from approximately the same angle looking southwest from the I-95 bridge. Hurricane Agnes also wasn't kind to large

Manchester Has a Long History with Grain

There is apparently a long history of grain in Manchester. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch in reference to the above picture: "In June 1952, trucks loaded with wheat during the harvest season had a long wait – including along the Mayo Bridge – to reach the Cargill Inc. grain elevator at

An Intersection Destroyed: Cowardin Ave & Hull St

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch archives, in 1948 the intersection of Cowardin Ave & Hull St was the busiest intersection in all of Richmond. The archives of the Richmond Times-Dispatch had the following to say about the photograph: "This October 1948 image shows Cowardin Avenue at the intersection with Hull Street and Jefferson Davis Highway [Cowardin]

Have You Ever Ridden the Poop Loop?

According to the RVA More video featuring RVA Trails Manager Michael Burton, The Poop Loop will become directional as of January 1st, 2017. Opened in 2015, the mountain bike trail at Ancarrow's Landing is affectionately known as The Poop Loop. The trail is a beginner friendly mountain bike trail and is good for families

The Dogtown Dish is 1 Year Old

One year ago during the Holidays of 2015 we launched The Dogtown Dish. We are often asked: Why Manchester? And why did you launch the Dogtown Dish? Well the answers are really simple... Why Manchester? Manchester has great bones. We often refer to Manchester as a City Within a City. How many neighborhoods have their own

Have You Been to Maury Cemetery?

A recent trip took me to the Maury Cemetery in Southside. The cemetery is anchored by two streets, Maury and Jefferson Davis Highway. Maury Street as you may know runs through Manchester. I'm embarassed to say it, but I did not know about this cemetery until recently. Apparently, there were a number

Manchester Pie Factory Sells

Richmond BizSense reported today that Jeremy Connell's Manchester Pie Factory has sold. According to BizSense: "The Manchester Pie Factory building at 612 Hull Street has been acquired by New York-based MJP Acquisitions for $2.15 million, confirmed seller Jeremy Connell, who redeveloped the building into mixed-use six years ago." The sale is a good

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