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Fan District Holiday House Tour open its doors this weekend

Take a look at ten stunning Fan District houses during this year’s tour.

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The Fan is graced with many beautiful homes. This weekend you’ve got an opportunity to check out some of the finest examples during the Fan District Holiday House Tour.

The tour runs from 12:00-5:00 PM on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 and featured 10 homes. Two trolleys will be circling through The Fan, with several stops nearby the homes on the tour, will be operating both days from 12 to 5 PM.


Funds from the Holiday House Tour supports the Fan District Association. This allows the Association to support the neighborhood through school projects, tree planting, park and alley refurbishments, neighborhood concerts and collaboration with the City of Richmond Police and VCU.

Between now and December 8th tickets are $25, after the 8th the tickets are $35. You can buy your tickets online. That previous link also gives you a list of all the local establishments that have tickets for sale.

Get all the details including previews of the houses (pdf).

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Stonewall Jackson Rides Off Into a Rainy Sunset

The first of three Confederate statues slated for removal was taken down Wednesday afternoon.

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Early Wednesday morning, Mayor Stoney asked City Council to vote to immediately remove the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. City Council declined, citing procedural rules. A vote was scheduled for Thursday. Stoney was in no mood to wait. Wednesday afternoon a work crew with a crane and flatbed trailer descended on the Stonewall Jackson Monument at Arthur Ashe Boulevard and Monument. Upon arrival, they immediately went to work taking down Stonewall Jackson from his massive pedestal.

The mayor felt justified in his end-run around City Council stating, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protestors attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death. We have an urgent need to protect the public.”

The early crowd.

The removal of the statue was unannounced but word quickly spread on social media. What started as a small crowd swelled to over 1,000.

The crowd from roughly the same spot closer about an hour later.

The process of removing the statue was slow and tedious. The mood of the crowd was celebratory.

At one point an individual quickly went the statue and waved a “Respect our Monuments” flag. Tensions quickly escalated as the crowd rushed towards him. Richmond Sherriffs quickly escorted the counter protestor from the area but not before his flag met an ignominious end.

Throughout the workers steadily prepared the statue for removal.

As the moment of truth approached so did the storm clouds. Heavy rain hit as Jackson was lifted into the air. The tension that had been building was released as the remaining folks cheered the Confederate generals removal.

 

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At the time of this writing the work crew was setting up at the Maury memorial.

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Venture Richmond teams up with city for “Picnic in a Parklet” program to assist businesses during reopening phases

“We acknowledge the difficulty Richmond businesses face when trying to safely reopen and want to do what we can to make that easier on them,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Venture Richmond. “Parklets have the potential to offer an attractive, comfortable space for customers to physically-distance adjacent to the business, which may be needed for a smoother reopening. We look forward to working with any business in the city that submits a request.”

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Venture Richmond has announced a new initiative, “Picnic in a Parklet,” a program designed to assist Richmond restaurants and other businesses with Phase 2 and 3 of Forward Virginia. Through this new partnership with the City of Richmond, business owners can receive design and permitting assistance for their requests for more outdoor space, particularly parklets.

Parklets are outdoor patio spaces constructed in the on-street parking lane of the street in front of a business that can function as an area for customers to gather and/or take to-go orders and eat outside in a physically-distanced environment. Parklets are, by definition, public space; but, restaurants can offer lightly packaged to-go orders for people who simply want to dine in the parklet in front of the restaurant.

“Transforming our use of public space innovatively and sustainably requires partnerships just like this one,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “By linking the business and design communities, this program will expand the city’s growing network of creatively designed public spaces.”

Business-owners who are interested in temporarily converting an on-street parking space adjacent to their storefront into a parklet will be connected with Venture Richmond to better assess their needs. If a parklet will be helpful and appropriate, Venture Richmond will work with the American Institute of Architects Richmond Chapter (AIA Richmond) to connect businesses with a certified architect for pro-bono parklet design services. Venture Richmond will assist the applicant through the steps needed to obtain a permit from the City of Richmond.

“We acknowledge the difficulty Richmond businesses face when trying to safely reopen and want to do what we can to make that easier on them,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Venture Richmond. “Parklets have the potential to offer an attractive, comfortable space for customers to physically-distance adjacent to the business, which may be needed for a smoother reopening. We look forward to working with any business in the city that submits a request.”

Unless otherwise specified or revoked, parklet permits are valid for three years. All requests within Richmond City limits will be considered.

Requests for parklets can be submitted through the RVA Strong website. General information about parklets can be found here, and more information about the City of Richmond’s Parklet Program can be found here.

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Illegal Assembly Declared for a 4th Night in Row

Police claim no violence used to break up the protestors. Video from Twitter directly conflicts with that claim.

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Police have posted a timeline of the events last night. At 11:06 PM, RPD announced over a bullhorn that protesters were trespassing at Lee Monument and needed to leave. At 11:28 p.m., an unlawful assembly was declared after police say protesters started throwing rocks at law enforcement. At 11:30 p.m., Virginia State Police said the grounds were cleared and no use of force was used.

This video on Twitter was posted at 12:20 AM so the police statement that no force was used to clear the ground is technically correct but in this case, force was used for no apparent threat.


 

After being forced from the Lee Monument grounds protestors marched to Monroe Park. There were unsuccessful attempts to pull down Maury Monument. Police report that windows were broken at Whole Foods.

Later around 2 AM a group marched through the Fan. Police report that windows were broken at District 5. Around 3:15 AM several arrests were made. Charges include, Interfering with an Aircraft by pointing a laser (Class 6 felony); second for Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer who was struck in the face with a shield (Class 6 felony); third for Obstructing Justice (Class 1 misdemeanor)

Starbucks at N Robinson Street had a window broken and a flare thrown in but there has been no direct link to last night’s protests and this incident.

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