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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

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Sep 1 '14

Sidewalk Chalk of Love today at Chimborazo Elementary

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From Melissa Ansley Brooks:

The first day of school can be scary. Help our local elementary start the year off right! Please find your way to Chimborazo Elementary today to leave encouraging and uplifting words and drawings in sidewalk chalk. The kids return to school tomorrow and we want to show them love and community support.

Chalk provided or bring your own.

Thanks for participating in this 5th annual sidewalk chalk of love event!

Please circulate this email. All are welcome!

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/09/01/sidewalk-chalk-of-love-today-at-chimborazo-elementary_36325/

Aug 31 '14

Movie in the park: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is next up for the Friends of Chimborazo Park movies in the park series. September 13 7:30 PM, at the back of Chimborazo Park near the Statue of Liberty.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/31/movie-in-the-park-o-brother-where-art-thou_36297/

Aug 30 '14

White guys with guns on Broad Street today

A reader sent in a report and photos of what is apparently some kind of well regulated local militia:

There are 5 guys that just walked down East Broad, all open carrying AK and AR style weapons. They walked from Chimborazo park to the Bottom. They all had hand guns which were open carried.

They had literature, too.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/30/white-guys-with-guns-on-broad-street-today_36304/

Aug 25 '14
Aug 25 '14

Have you seen this stolen van?

From Chris in Fairmount:

Our van was stolen last night while parked in front of our house sometime between between the hours of 8 PM and 7 AM this morning. It is a 1999 Toyota Sienna (Blue) and is missing a hubcap on the rear passenger side making it nice and easy to identify:) There are four children’s car seats inside along with three small children’s bikes. We have the only key to the vehicle so it was likely hot wired but it was likely left unlocked overnight. A picture of our vehicle is attached.

We filed a police report this morning. Please be on the lookout while driving around the neighborhood.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/25/have-you-seen-this-stolen-van_36207/

Aug 24 '14

Notes on a vacant corner store

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The former Family Supermarket at 24th and Jefferson was condemned in April of 2013. As of last August, it was uncertain whether the building would be demolished or repaired. Building permits were issued in February of this year, the building was stabilized, and it has sat vacant and untouched since.

Assessed at $167,000 for this year, the property is owned by John B. Mann, Carolyn M. Myers, and Josephine R Katz Residuary TR. Mr.Mann is a Richmond lawyer with Canfield, Baer & Heller, LLP, and is married to Barbara J. Gaden, Presiding Judge of the Civil General District Court.

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24th and Jefferson

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/24/notes-on-a-vacant-corner-store_36184/

Aug 23 '14

This week’s calendar

ARE WE MISSING SOMETHING?
ADD IT TO THE CALENDAR!

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Fairfield Community Walking Club

Mon Aug 25 9:00 am
Increase your metabolism with a 1 hour walk through the community. Be inspired to create a healthier you. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meet at the Family Resource Center 2311 N 25th Street. http://rvapromise.org/ai1ec_event/fairfield-community-walking-club/

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Can you help weed, water, and mulch the orchard at Chimborazo Park?

Mon Aug 25 8:00 pm
The will be a regular meet-up on the last Sunday of each month. If you can help one or more Sundays, mark your calendar for June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26, and November 30.

Parking & meet-up is at the end of the cobblestones, past the Chimborazo Dog Park off of Government Road. Bring gloves, weed wackers, rakes & weeding tools (if you have them). Wear long pants, hat, sturdy shoes (no sandals), sun block. Water & snacks will be provided.

MORE: http://chpn.net/news/2014/05/28/can-you-help-weed-water-and-mulch-the-orchard-at-chimborazo-park_34186/

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Church Hill Rotary Club

Mon Aug 25 6:00 pm
We meet Mondays at Patrick Henry’s Pub upstairs. Happy Half 6:00, meeting at 6:30. Check us out on Facebook at The Formation of Church Hill Rotary. Come see what Rotary is all about and how we are helping our community!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Formation-of-Church-Hill-Rotary/479272425521007?fref=ts

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RECYCLING WEEK

Mon Aug 25 8:00 pm

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Taekwondo at The Robinson

Mon Aug 25 7:00 pm
Martial arts training is a great way to get in better shape, boost self-confidence, learn self-defense, and earn that black belt you’ve always wanted! Try Olympic Taekwondo at the Robinson!
Call 562-9133 for more information and sign-up
Walk-ins welcome

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Yoga at The Robinson

Mon Aug 25 6:00 pm
Free Adult yoga class (16 & up) Children under that age must be accompanied by an adult. Call 562-9133 for more information and sign-up!
Walk-ins welcome

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Zumba at The Robinson

Mon Aug 25 5:00 pm
Limited to residents of 7th District of Richmond (i.e. Church Hill, Fulton, East End of Richmond). Registration Required. Call 562-9133 for more information.

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CAR meeting

Tue Aug 26 3:30 pm
Every 4th Tuesday at 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall
Related posts: http://chpn.net/news/tag/car/

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Hoola Hoop at The Robinson

Tue Aug 26 7:30 pm
End your day with some fun! Learn new tricks and get a creative work out all at the same time.
Call 562-9133 for more information or sign-up
Walk-ins welcome

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Open Mic Night @ Poe’s Pub

Tue Aug 26 8:00 pm
Join in on the weekly Open Mic Night every Tuesday. Sign-ups at 8pm the show starts at 9pm.

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Zumba at The Robinson

Tue Aug 26 3:00 pm
Two sessions offered on Tuesday: 3-4PM and 6:30-7:30PM. Now there’s a day time option for Zumba! Kids are welcome to attend with adult supervision (They may dance on-stage, beside their parent/guardian and some coloring activities provided). Call 562-9133 for more information

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Fairfield Court Tenants Council

Wed Aug 27 5:00 pm
Every 4th Wed at 2506 Phaup Street

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Karaoke Wednesday

Wed Aug 27 7:00 pm
Every Wednesday from 7-10PM at Sarahfran’s Restaurant and Lounge. 412 N. 25th (804)343-0061

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Line Dancing at The Robinson

Wed Aug 27 5:00 pm
NEW CLASS offered for summer! Love line dancing at block parties, weddings, family reunions and other events? Well come for an hour of it AND you won’t even realize the cardio workout since you’ll be having a blast dancing!
Contact 562-9133 for more information and sign-up

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Mommy/Daddy and Me Super Hero Class

Wed Aug 27 !4:15 pm
Ages 3-5 FREE
Take on the role of a different Super Hero every week! Travel through obstacle courses, use parachutes, balls, and many more creative equipment tools to help save the day!! (Cape awarded for committed attendance)
Call 562-9133 for more information and sign-up

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Pop-Up Market at Robinson Theater

Wed Aug 27 4:00 pm
Every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. through the summer. Get your fresh and local produce and other products right here in the neighborhood!

SPECIAL GUESTS
8/27 Healthy Heart Plus

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Taekwondo at The Robinson

Wed Aug 27 7:00 pm
Martial arts training is a great way to get in better shape, boost self-confidence, learn self-defense, and earn that black belt you’ve always wanted! Try Olympic Taekwondo at the Robinson!
Call 562-9133 for more information and sign-up
Walk-ins welcome

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Union Hill Civic Association

Wed Aug 27 7:00 pm
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the UHCA will hold a special meeting at the Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Avenue, at 7:00 pm. The focus of that meeting will be to make decisions about how UHCA moves forward.
MORE: http://www.unionhillrichmond.org/2014/07/neighborhood-meeting-wed-july-23-2014.html

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Yoga at The Robinson

Wed Aug 27 3:00 pm
Now a day time Yoga option!
Limited child care available; call 562-9133 for more information
Walk-ins welcome

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Zumba at The Robinson

Thu Aug 28 6:30 pm
Limited to residents of 7th District of Richmond (i.e. Church Hill, Fulton, East End of Richmond)
Registration Required
Call 562-9133 for more information

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Back-to-School shoe giveaway at Cedar Street Baptist

Sat Aug 30 9:00 am
Cedar Street Baptist
2301 Cedar Street
MORE: http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/21/back-to-school-shoe-giveaway-at-cedar-street-baptist_36116/

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Oakwood neighborhood clean-up

Sat Aug 30 10:00 am
Let your Saturday go to waste – join in T.T.Y. monthly neighborhood effort to pick up litter! Meet at 1023 Oakwood Avenue. Trash bags , pick up rods, and gloves will be provided. Lunch will be provided by McDonald’s. To learn more on what areas will be targeted for clean up or to volunteer for this event please call 804-726-3471.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/23/this-weeks-calendar-323_36176/

Aug 23 '14

Rash of property crime continues…

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From David:

We live on the 500 block of 33rd St., and some thieves jumped our fence, broke into the locked garage, and stole a bike. We had just gone on a family biking trip to Pocahontas State Park, and they must have seen us store the bike afterward. It’s a green/silver Scott Sportster.

Just got finished filing a police report with RPD, and we wanted to put everyone on alert. Looks like we are part of series of predations happening in our neighborhood.

Please call police non-emergency (646-5100) if you see this bicycle around the hill.

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From Justin:

Figured I’d pass this along – someone broke-in under my house (I don’t store anything down there anymore, so nothing was stolen). Happened [yesterday] somewhere between 9am-3pm. It’s become an annual thing now for the past 4-years.

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/23/rash-of-property-crime-continues_36171/

Aug 22 '14

Although the most famous duel in America, between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, occurred in New Jersey, the vast majority of duels occurred in the South. Duels had been long frowned upon in the North, and Hamilton’s death at Burr’s hands sped up the demise of dueling north of the Mason-Dixon Line. 

In the South, dueling was a long-established tradition deeply entrenched in an elaborate code of honor practiced by Southern men. The extremely complicated rules and customs governing the tradition of dueling had been outlined in the 18th century in a book titled Code Duello. Most Southern cities had dueling grounds, and in Richmond, there were at least two, both in Church Hill. 

On April 10, 1801, a twenty-year-old man named Gill Armistead Selden, a married father of two, was shot and killed in duel with Skelton Jones. Dueling was so prevalent that Skelton Jones, his brother Meriwether Jones, and Selden’s brother Joseph were all later killed in duels. 

The place of this duel has been referred to by contemporary writings as the Bloody Run or Chimborazo Heights dueling ground. According to an 1848 map, this dueling ground where Selden lost his life was still in use, and ran the entire length of the east side of 30th Street, between Franklin and Grace streets. Because 30th Street no longer intersects either of these streets, the heavily-wooded former dueling ground is only visible from an isolated part of East Franklin Street, east of 29th Street. 

Richmond’s most famous duel occurred in Church Hill as well. On May 9, 1873, Page McCarty shot and killed John Brooke Mordecai in the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery, which had frequently been used for duels. 

Former friends, the two became enemies when a popular Richmond girl, Mary Triplett, dropped her interest in McCarty in favor of Mordecai. Mary publicly snubbed McCarty at a ball, and McCarty responded by publishing a slightly inappropriate poem about Mary in a newspaper. 

Mordecai challenged McCarty, who shot Mordecai in the stomach. He lingered for several days before dying. After the duel, McCarty, who was shot in the hip, never married and shunned society. Mary Triplett later married Phillip Haxall, but died young. 

Dueling began to decline in Richmond, but did not end completely until Joseph Bryan, challenged to a duel in the 1890’s, reported his challenger to the police and called him “absurd.” 

VIA CHPN / by Tricia Lewis Noel 

Aug 20 '14
Aug 20 '14

DETAILS from Plan of the city of Richmond drawn from actual survey and regional plans / Bates, Micajah. [1835] 

MOREWhen the streets had no names

Aug 17 '14

"From: The Beagles"

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The folks at WPA Bakery got a sweet note from Scout and Speedy this morning.

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VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/17/from-the-beagles_36059/

Aug 16 '14

Richmond is the 39th most segregated city in America

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A piece tying together historic housing policies and current events in Ferguson, Missouri, links to a study by John R. Logan (Brown University) and Brian J. Stults (Florida State University) on segregation in American cities.

Among the 50 metropolitan regions in the country with the largest black populations in 2010, Richmond is listed as only the 39th most segregated. Richmond is also listed as having the 19th highest level of isolation, which describes “the % minority in the neighborhood where the average minority group member lives”. This seems more of an accurate measure of what has been the typical neighborhood experience in the city.

Some of the parts from the study which jumped out:

In 367 metropolitan areas across the U.S., the typical white lives in a neighborhood that is 75% white, 8% black, 11% Hispanic, and 5% Asian. This represents a notable change since 1980, when the average whites’ neighborhood was 88% white, but it is very different from the makeup of the metropolis as a whole.

The experience of minorities is very different. For example, the typical black lives in a neighborhood that is 45% black, 35% white, 15% Hispanic, and 4% Asian.

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Note that at 51.6, Richmond is approaching a level of segregation that “social scientists consider the moderate range (under 50)”.

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Large Southern cities provide examples of persistent segregation: Birmingham, Memphis, and Baton Rouge fit into this category. But others have seen improvements – and Atlanta is the outstanding example, having experienced more change though it still falls among the top 25 on this list.

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Another way to assess segregation is by level of isolation (i.e., the % minority in the neighborhood where the average minority group member lives). … What is most striking about these figures is that with very few exceptions, the Isolation Index is above 40 in the largest metro regions. African Americans live in neighborhoods where they are an absolute majority, or a near majority, in most of these places.

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It’s difficult not to think of Richmond as segregated, even as the city’s population as a whole kind of shakes out. The concept of isolation is apparent in the details from Dustin Cable’s map of the United States based on the 2010 census data. There are very few places in the city that don’t seem to be either black OR white.

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The patterns on the map don’t seem that different than 1946.

"Location of Negro areas" (Bartholomew’s 1946 Master Plan) “Location of Negro areas” (Bartholomew’s 1946 Master Plan)

…or the 1930s…

"Residential Security Map" (Redlining Richmond / 1937) “Residential Security Map” (Redlining Richmond / 1937)

VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/16/richmond-is-the-39th-most-segregated-city-in-america_36036/

Aug 13 '14

HIP HOP MOVEMENT IS A NEW RELIGION OF DRUID (WITCHCRAFT) RAP MUSIC

VIEW LARGER

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VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/13/hip-hop-movement-is-a-new-religion-of-druid-witchcraft-rap-music_35961/

Aug 12 '14

10

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I’m a little late: 2 days ago CHPN marked 10 years of publishing.

First: a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this a thriving and useful neighborhood site. CHPN would not be here today if “all y’all” weren’t so great about both sending in stories and just being out there doing cool stuff.

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Robinson Theater (2004/2009) Robinson Theater (2004/2009)

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The best thing for me about running CHPN has been that it’s gotten me out to so many real-world meetings and activities. There are so many ways to love this area and meet the people that make up the neighborhood: civic associations, friends of parks groups, volunteer opportunities, and through neighborhood organizations such as Peter Paul Development Center, Robinson Theater, and Fulton’s Neighborhood Resource Center.

As CHPN has been my vehicle for discovering the culture and history of the neighborhoods that make up the city’s East End, I have met some amazing and dedicated people, folks who have been living and working in this area for decades.

I owe a special thank you to Mary Thompson and Augustine Carter and New Visions Civic League for fighting the good fight for so many years, and for so warmly welcoming me to their piece of Fairmount. These women showed me what it means to be active in a community, to have ownership of and responsibility to a neighborhood.

The reason CHPN works as well as it does, I think, is because of the area’s strong history of civic participation. If you’re not part of something in the neighborhood, think about giving your time to one of the groups active in the area.

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Unity Civic Association with Cynthia Newbille (2010) Unity Civic Association with Cynthia Newbille (2010)

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Our first post was on the opening of Jumpin’ J’s coffee shop on Jefferson Avenue, now the home of Union Market. This seems especially fitting.

Laura at Jumpin' J's (2004) Laura at Jumpin’ J’s (2004)

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It’s amazing (and kind of perfect) to think that 2004 was halfway between now and 1994. 1994 was a bad year in Richmond, but 10 years later things really seemed to have turned around. The acceleration of the past few years are still a little unbelievable.

In 1994, there were 34 people killed in the East End. In 2004, there were 27. Through the first 7 months of 2014, there have been 2. This is nothing short of a miracle.

If you want to get a sense of the physical changes over the last 10 years, scroll back through the before/after tag. This photo set from Venable Street might be my favorite.

See also all of the posts about restaurants. This was pivotal, I think.

If CHPN is around in 2024, I would hope to be writing about the amazing changes in the public schools around here.

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Alamo BBQ (2009) Alamo BBQ (2009)

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There have been 7,476 Posts and 73,599 comments over the past 10 years.

This might be the best post of them all.

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Thanks folks, and be nice.

John

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1097 North 23rd Street (2004) 1097 North 23rd Street (2004)

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VIA: CHPN / http://chpn.net/news/2014/08/12/10_35897/