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Rebuilding Manchester

Ever heard the saying that variety is the spice of life? Well it couldn’t be more true for housing. Neighborhoods in bloom require a diverse mix of housing. Residents of varying ages, incomes, and lifestyle choices require different housing solutions. These options enable a neighborhood to flourish with a diverse set of

Gateway to Manchester RVA

A Gateway is a means of access or entry to a place...And Manchester is deserving of a Gateway into this unique RVA neighborhood. Gateways could be located at key locations up and down the Hull Street corridor as mentioned in an earlier article, Revival of Manchester Waterfront. The entry over The Mayo Bridge into Manchester

Manchester Trees – Donations Flow In!

I always knew Manchester was great. What I didn't realize was just how inspiring it would be to see folks come together in a show of support for the community. Given the higher than expected participation, we have been able to expand the initiative beyond Hull Street, to 100 trees for Manchester! The following awesome businesses

Trees Wanted Now

The opening image depicts a beautiful tree displayed quite prominently on the side of an old brick building in Manchester at the corner of Hull and Cowardin. In stark contrast to this image is the reality of the Hull Street corridor without the beauty of trees lining its main thoroughfare. Instead

Are You Registered to Vote?

Have you Registered to Vote? If not, DO IT NOW. You can register online and it takes only 2 minutes. One of our biggest challenges in Manchester is that we have lots of renters (and we love you dearly), but very few homeowners. Renters have historically registered  to vote at a much lower

Call to Action – Bike Racks

In recent years I’ve taken up biking as a means to keep in shape and de-stress over the weekends. My bike isn’t anything flashy, but more than anything else it harkens back to the days as a young tween pedaling through my suburban Tuscawilla neighborhood in Florida. I had a

Hobo Fortress Burned Down

Where you have trains, you have hobos and train jumpers. Where you have large cities, you have the homeless. And no matter how unpleasant to the eye, or inconvenient their presence might seem to some, the folks living in these conditions are human beings. I saw a recent posting on Reddit

Special Relay Foods Offer For The Dogtown Dish Readers

Folks, if you haven't tried Relay Foods, now is the time! Relay is running a special promotion for The Dogtown Dish readers. Simply click the image below or follow this link to get $20 off your purchase of $50 or more and pick up your groceries at the new Legend Brewery pickup

Revival of Manchester Waterfront

The flood wall along the James River provides flood protection for downtown Richmond and Manchester. This is a good thing for all of us, but along Manchester’s waterfront it’s a bit of an eyesore. A raised walkway along the flood wall is nice but it doesn’t put you close to the

Manchester Silo Art Coming This April!!!

Art lovers rejoice! We just received word that the much anticipated RVAStreetArt project slated for Manchester appears to be moving forward this April! That means the iconic Southern States silos will be transformed with wonderful artwork for the betterment of the entire RVA skyline. The silos in silhouette.A blank canvas that will change in

Meet Lieutenant Timothy Wyatt

I sat down for coffee with Lieutenant Timothy Wyatt this week. Lt. Wyatt is in charge of The Richmond Police Department’s First Precinct – Sector 112. That is no small task considering the breadth, bridges, and neighborhood diversity that comprise Sector 112. On any given day, Lt. Wyatt can face problems in the

Moving to Manchester: Big River

Local advertising agency Big River is making the move to Manchester! Soon to be crossing the bridge and moving into the RVA Construction building on Hull Street, the advertising agency is busily preparing for their move. We thought it would be nice to welcome them to the neighborhood. Plus we thought you would like to learn a

Who Would You Vote for As Richmond’s Next Mayor?

Mayor Jones' term is due to end. We need to vote this November for Richmond's next mayor. While it isn't certain who is definitively running yet, we thought it would be interesting to run a poll based upon some of the possible candidates who spoke to Richmond Magazine in its November 2015 feature, “Mayorology 2016". So cast your

Relay Foods, Legend Brewing Happy Hour

We have intriguing news of a neighborhood happy hour mashup involving beer, food, & groceries. Here is the word from Relay Foods... Legend Brewing and Relay Foods are partnering to bring you the happiest of happy hours!  Starting Thursday, February 18th you'll be able to grab a bite, a brew, AND

So you have an old house – now what?

Old houses that need work challenge the new owner(s) with what path to take - pay homage to the past or go modern to keep current with the times? I'm going to highlight one particular house as an example. This isn't the end all to be all, but it will show

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!