The Wrap: Monroe Park, Maggie Walker, and Father’s Day gifts that don’t suck
June 23, 2017

The Wrap: Monroe Park, Maggie Walker, and Father’s Day gifts that don’t suck

Get caught up on the week’s headlines, find something fun to do this weekend, and learn the five things you need to know with The Wrap!

My pups, Lily and Zoey, on the Flood Wall this week

The week in brief

How’s it going, y’all? Welcome to another edition of The Wrap, your weekly reminder that the workweek has almost come to a close. A very busy week at that, especially with this past Tuesday’s primaries (see our recap of statewide and local results here). With it comes Father’s Day weekend–and we have an idea or two (okay, lots) for something to do with dear ol’ dad this weekend, as well as some last minute gift ideas. My recommended course of action is to take dad to a brewery this weekend, if he’s into that sort of thing (and it’s a fairly safe bet he is), and here’s why: there are more brewery events than you can shake a stick at. Center of the Universe is hosting a Father’s day pig-out with barbecue, Ardent Craft Ales is celebrating three years with a huge street party in Scott’s Addition, and Twisted Ales is opening in the former Blue Bee space in Manchester. And that’s just a sampling! Check out all the fun beer-centric ideas in our RVA Beer Explorer.

Still need a gift for your beloved pops (as my fiancé calls hers)? Check out our gift guide to Richmond-centric Father’s Day gifts that don’t suck.

Work is continuing to revitalize the city’s oldest park, Monroe Park, but two very different factions are at odds over the direction of the work. One group wants the park to be restored to its glory days of the early 1900s; another wants modern amenities like that much-talked-about “Portland Loo,” a pre-fabricated, modern outdoor restroom popularized by the City of Portland. Our intrepid Capital News Service reporters are on the case and have a look at the two scenarios.

Maggie Walker will finally get some much-deserved recognition at the entrance to her neighborhood, Jackson Ward. The City announced the unveiling of the new statue and outdoor plaza in her honor will be unveiled next month! Here are all the details.

You might not know the name Steve Uphoff, but you probably know of his empire. He’s the entrepreneur behind the Uppy’s convenience stores and the swanky bowling alley, Uptown Alley, in Midlothian. He’s at it again, this time with plans to demolish his gas station at Belvidere and Broad and replace it with an 18-story high rise complete with a parking deck, ground-level pharmacy, and two-story bowling alley. The remainder will be apartments. But here’s where things get interesting. The planned building is right next to the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, or ICA. The “conspiracy theory,” which was first speculated upon by Ross Catrow in his Good Morning RVA email, is that Uphoff could be proposing such a structure to up VCU’s bid for his piece of property. The university has had its eye on his land–the only piece of dirt they don’t own on the block. He also plans to start construction right around the museum’s opening date in October. Sounds suspicious to me, but draw your own conclusions. Keep in mind VCU razed a historic, circa-1920s apartment building next to the gas station in question to yield about 12 additional surface parking spaces for the ICA, so in any case, Uphoff’s higher-density use seems like a better scenario to me.

How well do you know Richmond? Well enough to identify at least 20 neighborhoods out of the 148 (!) our city is carved up into? A new website, Click Your Hood, will challenge even lifelong Richmonders such as myself. This thing is damn hard! But I learned a lot, too. Try it out for yourself.

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