What Type of Manchester Canal Do We Want?

Richmond's Manchester Canal is a forgotten, decaying relic. With a little TLC, it could become a real asset to the neighborhood. But the question remains, what type of Manchester Canal do we want? The tale of two Manchesters goes something along the following lines... The Shiny, Happy Argument We want a clean, safe place

Manchester Sweep This Saturday

RVA Clean Sweep is doing a Manchester cleanup this Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Here are the details from their page: "We will meet at the Manchester Courthouse at 920 Hull Street. We're going to run through Manchester along Hull, Commerce, and Maury. More if we have additional volunteers. Please dress for the

A Leisurely Sunday Walk Through The Hood

I enjoy walking through Manchester so I can observe the massive changes taking place right in front of our eyes. It is exciting to see all the work. And it is rare to be able to watch this level of activity take place in a singe lifetime. But it is also a tale of

Legend Brewing’s Patio View Safe…At least For A little Longer

I spoke to the President of Thalhimer Realty Partners, Drew Wilshire, this past week about the multiple facets of the Reynolds South development project (more recently referred to as City View Landing), the recent sale of a portion of this project to Guy Blundon and Mark Purcell as announced in Richmond BizSense, and the resulting impacts of this

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

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