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, Hull Street was notorious for traffic jams with shoppers continuously circling its blocks in search of a parking spot. The City worked with business owners in a constant struggle to attempt to find solutions to ease congestion over the course of the 20th Century.
That is until Hull Street collapsed with the flight to the suburbs.
Photo Credits: Richmond Times-Dispatch (Thank you RTD for archiving Manchester’s and Greater Richmond’s history! If you don’t subscribe to the RTD, think about it. It is only with a strong, local paper that we get great historical records like these.)