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

Hull Street’s “Modest Project” Is Shaping Up!

Charlie Westbrook and his Plains Management Company's "Modest Project" on Hull Street is really coming together. The historic renovation has been coined the Modest Project and the buildings include the Modest Apparel building at 1309/1311 Hull Street and the Modest Attire Building at 1313/1315 Hull Street. As reported by Richmond BizSense, "Once renovated, the

2016 Manchester Crime Down, Continues to Buck City Trend

Crime statistic trends continue to move in the wrong direction for Richmond in 2016. The city has seen a 54% increase in homicides and an overall increase of 4% across all crime categories. But Manchester is an entirely different story. Manchester has seen a reduction of crime in every single category, with no homicides

Time to Take A Dam Walk!

After numerous delays, the T-Pot bridge, or Dam Walk, will open this Friday! The Mayor's office announced the opening of the much anticipated bridge and it will be available for use this weekend. According to the City: "The City of Richmond announced today that it will officially open the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial

1213 Hull Street Renovation Begins

The momentum of renovation along the Hull Street business corridor is picking up steam. Originally the Jones-Green Shoe Co. building, 1213 Hull Street was originally built in 1911. The building was most recently Richmond Christian Family Service Store before it it was ultimately boarded up approximately 30+ years ago. The building is being renovated

South Canal Project Gets Greenlight

If you didn't hear the news already, Fountainhead Properties' South Canal Project received approval from City Council. Richmond BizSense reported the news last week in its "‘Beacon’ to Manchester takes big step forward" article. Fountainhead Properties' Tom Papa is quoted in the article as saying: "This is the best piece of