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Richmond’s Post-Industrial East End by the University of Virginia Community History Project 2011 is a fascinating look at an aspect of the history of the area:
This guide explores the varied topography, architecture, and landscapes of the East End. It surveys the social and economic history of the East End by analyzing urban and architectural form. The history surveyed in this guide can strengthen the understanding of the East End on the part of residents and visitors buttressing the efforts to build the future through critical engagements historic narratives and places.
The well-designed and written 64-page publication is structured around self-guided walking tours of Libby Hill, Chimborazo Park, Fulton Gas Works, and Fulton.
On a stretch of street with perhaps the highest density of vacant houses in the area, the lonely house at 1513 Mechanicsville Turnpike is facing demolition.
The city lists the house as having been built in 1910, and the property is assessed at $50,000.
I’m really sorry about the last-minute reschedule of the pop-up shop site tour yesterday. Mother nature had it in for us and several people indicated they would not be attending due to the weather, so we thought it best to just call it. My apologies to anyone who braved the elements and showed up to a cancelled event.
But we’re back on the calendar for this coming Monday to look at our available vacant storefronts and explore public art opportunities. Please plan on attending if you have applied or are interested in applying to be a pop-up shop during the June 13-14 Better Block project, or if you are interested in being involved in the public art component of this project.
Date / time: Monday, April 21 / 6 to 7 PM
Location: 1105 N 25th St (we’ll just meet at the first building we’ll be exploring)
RSVP: Send me a quick reply to let me know you are coming. We also have a Facebook event page.
If you could help get the word out, that would be most helpful. Thanks a lot and as usual, please call or email with any questions.
Director of Bike Walk RVA
100 Avenue of Champions
Richmond, VA 23230
Cell: (804) 625-6120
Office: (804) 285-9495 x251
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Libby Hill was first imagined as a grand monument to Robert E. Lee:
Erected in 1895 and designed by a committee led by veteran Wilfred Cutshaw, the monument shows an anonymous Confederate soldier atop a column. Cutshaw based this column on Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt, a monument to Roman Emperor Dioclecian’s victory over an Alexandrian revolt. Originally, Cutshaw had envisioned Libby Hill as the site of a grand public memorial to General Robert E. Lee. He believed a monument on this site would be prominently visible from most points in the city. Though not as grand as the Lee proposal, the current monument is still highly visible throughout the city, serving as a visual marker of the location of Libby Hill Park as well as a link to Monument Avenue downtown.
The group formerly known as Libby Hill View Watch has rebranded as 180RVA and come out swinging. Their first tweet from Sunday promises a war, and a press release from yesterday outlines the fight against Richmond on the James AKA Dock Street and The James at River Bend AKA Pear Street.
The Collegiate Road National Championships bicycle races will be held in Richmond the weekend of May 2-4.
The race on Sunday will be longest of the three, and will pass through the area on Main Street, Libby Hill, and Franklin Street.
Streets north of Broad will be closed that day, combined with the fact that Libby Hill should be the premier observation spot along the entire route pretty much ensures that traffic will be complex that day.
The World Road Cycling Championships will take place on the same route in 2015, and is expected to attract exponentially more attention and crowds.
From about 7PM:
Just heard and felt loud explosion like noise coming somewhere behind us 33rd & E. Broad. Anybody know anything?
Having grown from apprentice to Bumble network educator during an 8-year span at Nesbit, Elizabeth Moritz is ready to step out on her own. In the works since last September, Moritz’s Seven Hill Studio opens for business on 25th Street on Tuesday, April 15…
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