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Reminder: RVA Cleansweep-Shiver in the River Manchester Is This Saturday!

Please join RVA Cleansweep for their Shiver in the River Manchester cleanup. This group cleanup is part of Keep Virginia Beautiful's Shiver in the River event and will occur from 9:45-11 on Saturday, January 30th. The meeting location is across the street from the Manchester Pie Factory at 612 Hull Street, Richmond, VA. Here

Manchester Violent Crime Down 28% in 2015

Good news for the local crime scorecard! The Richmond Police Department's First Precinct - Sector 112 (as shown in the map above), which contains Manchester, has seen a 28% reduction in violent crime in 2015. Property crimes have reduced by 9%. Kudos to Lieutenant Timothy Wyatt and the entire RPD!

Made in Manchester: Meet Fern & Roby

America used to make things. RVA used to make things. And when things were made in RVA, there's a strong chance it was made in Manchester. There is special glory in the process of making. Nothing more beautiful, more gratifying, more rewarding than crafting something out of wood and metal. But America

What’s A Girl Got To Do To Get Some Polka Dots Around Here?

Who doesn't like Polka dots? Whimsical Simplicity. Symmetrical Patterns. Vibrant Colors. Calming Repetition. What's not to like? What started as a demonstration project in Silver Lake, Los Angeles looks to become a permanent polka dot fixture. The pilot project was organized through Streets for People (People Street) and Frank Clementi of Rios

Have You Seen Manchester’s New Virginia Lottery Commercial?

Have you seen the new Virginia Lottery commercial on television recently? Probably so, as it has been airing frequently. The title of the commercial is named after it's new game: Bank A Million. But did you realize the commercial was filmed in Manchester? The Virginia Lottery commercial was filmed at the old Mechanics and Merchants Bank

Why Is The McChicken Crossing The Road?

According to multiple sources, we are hearing that McDonald's plans to relocate diagonally across Hull & Commerce Streets. Apparently, the McDonald's is in need of significant renovation. We are told the franchise has decided it would make more sense to build a new restaurant diagonally across the street, rather than renovating the current building, or

Meet Manchester’s Violin Craftsman: Adam Birce of Four Strings

Located in Studio 38 inside the Plant Zero building in the heart of Old Town Manchester is a curious fiddler. Inside his studio, Adam Birce is working like a modern day Mister Gepetto. However, wooden puppets aren't his specialty. Rather, violins are his craft, and clearly his passion. Adam Birce named his violin

The Richest Railroad in the World: Connecting Manchester to the Midlothian Coal Mines

Did you know the most profitable railroad in the world from 1831-1850 was right here in Manchester? It was the first railroad in Virginia, and the second in the Unites States. It was built to connect the first coal mines in the Unites States located in Midlothian, to the docks

Have You Ever Visited the Richmond Railway Museum?

Have you ever taken the time to stop in and visit Manchester's Richmond Railway Museum at 102 Hull Street? The museum focuses on railroads which served central Virginia and their impact on Richmond and its citizens. The museum offers free tours given by knowledgeable train enthusiasts. We just went for a free tour today and had

The Valentine: Reimagining Southside

The Valentine, in conjunction with the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, is offering a bus tour called Reimagining Southside: Randolph, West Cary Street, Old Manchester, Blackwell. From the Valentine website: Explore areas of the city where Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been successful with revitalization and public housing efforts. This is the second of

Manchester Motorworks

Manchester Motorworks is located at 616 Hull St. The renovated building is aptly named given it was once the Martin Chevrolet Sales Corp of Manchester. The building has been converted into loft apartments, with a retail storefront that is awaiting a tenant. Situated on a highly visible intersection, the storefront would be an attractive location

Manchester Cotton & Woolen Manufacturing Company

Did you ever wonder what the southwestern end of Richmond's Mayo Bridge used to look like before the flood wall was installed? Well here you go. The building shown here is the Manchester Cotton & Woolen Manufacturing Company. The photos were taken in 1986 and are from a Library of Congress collection. Photographs are courtesy