In its early years, Scott’s Addition was known primarily as a commercial and industrial district. Today, the area has drawn an impressive amount of investment from developers, creatives, restaurateurs, retailers, breweries, and urban dwellers who see it as much more than just its industrial roots. The boundaries of Scott’s Addition are defined by Interstates 95…Read more "Neighborhoods of RVA: Scott’s Addition"
Sometimes referred to as “South Side” or even “Dogtown”, Manchester is located on the southern side of the James River directly across from downtown Richmond. Manchester served as Chesterfield’s county seat until it became an independent city in 1874. Like Richmond to its North, Manchester was an active trade port for mostly tobacco, coal, and…Read more "Neighborhoods of RVA: Manchester"
Bordered by Church Hill to the North and the James River to the South, Shockoe Bottom is another Richmond neighborhood first conceived when William Byrd II received a land grant from King James in 1737. The area has been a central part of Richmond’s history ever since. After Richmond was named the Capital of Virginia,…Read more "Neighborhoods of RVA: Shockoe Bottom"
Church Hill – Where it all began for Richmond Walking the foot-worn brick paved sidewalks of Richmond’s oldest neighborhood always makes me feel as though I’ve taken a trip back in time. Sipping a cup of locally roasted coffee at Captain Buzzy’s Beanery while admiring the surrounding historic architectural detail and contemplating the generations that…Read more "Neighborhoods of RVA: Church Hill"
Located on the northern side of Richmond’s downtown district – bounded by Interstate 64/95 to the North, Belvidere Street to the West, Broad Street to the South and 2nd Street to the East – Jackson Ward is a nationally recognized historic neighborhood rich with architecture, history, and possibilities. Jackson Ward was first conceived by William…Read more "Neighborhoods of RVA: Jackson Ward"
Some might call it a “rediscovered” gem. After nearly 60 years of getting very little attention from investors, home buyers and retailers, the Brookland Park Historic District is suddenly receiving a tremendous amount of overdue attention. Like Ginter Park and Bellevue, Brookland Park and Battery Park were originally conceived as streetcar neighborhoods. Most of the…Read more "Neighborhoods of RVA: Northside’s Brookland Park and Battery Park"
My wife Colleen and I both have creative backgrounds and therefore a deep appreciation for the arts. Before we were married, she spent many years in Los Angeles with a gallery in the well-known Bergamot Station complex of Santa Monica. For me, my VCU Art School alum father (and my mother) encouraged my interest in art…Read more "RVA = Art"