Venture Richmond just completed efforts to enhance the downtown area including Canal Walk and Brown’s Island.
They’ve been funding beautification projects in the downtown area since 2013. Over the years they’ve worked with
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Capital One volunteers, and Virginia BioTech Park volunteers.
“Beautification projects are critically important to Downtown and its gateway neighborhoods. They help to inspire civic pride, create a sense of place and enhance the environment for businesses, residents and visitors, as well as attracting bees and butterflies to our urban areas,” said Lucy Meade, Director of Economic Development and Community Relations.
This year’s beautification projects included:
- 126 hanging baskets installed along Broad Street from Belvidere to 12th Street in the Arts District and in the Shockoe neighborhood
- 24 planters on Broad Street, 3rd Street, and 5th Street
- 13 planting beds in the 400 block of East Grace Street
- 5 medians including two blocks of Broad St. from Foushee to 1st Street, 3rd Street and I-95 ramp; 12th and Canal streets, and 14th and Dock streets (last two complete in early July)
- 300+ annuals planted along the Canal Walk and around the Headman Statue on Brown’s Island
In addition to items above, the Clean & Safe Program’s contractor, Community Business Group (CBG), a local minority-owned firm, has been providing the “essential service” of sidewalk cleaning seven days a week throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, they have collected 269,000 gallons of trash and leaves.
Following damages that occurred to businesses during recent protests, Venture Richmond and CBG launched a new Graffiti Cleaning Pilot Program as part of Clean & Safe. Property owners and businesses in the Downtown Service District area can request help removing graffiti by emailing [email protected].
Another item you’ll see soon is social-distancing circles on Brown’s Island to help visitors mantain social distancing.
Richmond Then and Now: 114 E. Broad Street
A then and now snapshot of Richmond.
Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va.
Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]
Photos: J.E.B. Stuart’s Last Ride
Monday morning the city removed the J.E.B. Stuart statue.
Library of Virginia reopens to researchers by advance appointment beginning today
During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.
The Library of Virginia has announced that its reading rooms will reopen to researchers by advance appointment beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. To make an appointment, please call 804.692.3800.
COVID-19, which prompted the Library’s closing to the public in mid-March, continues to pose a serious public health risk. The Library’s reopening plan includes new health and safety protocols based on the latest guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What to expect when returning to the Library:
- Appointments required to use the reading rooms in order to ensure space availability on a researcher’s preferred date
- Signage describing coronavirus symptoms – Please do not enter the building if you feel unwell or have a fever
- Face coverings required in the building at all times
- Physical distancing of six feet required in all public spaces
- Face masks and hand sanitizer available for the public
- Frequent cleaning of restrooms and surfaces in public areas throughout the day
- Returned books quarantined for three days before being available for use again
- The Exhibition Gallery, the Virginia Shop, our conference rooms, and the reading room at the State Records Center will remain closed
For additional information about what to expect on your visit, take a look at the COVID-19 Update: Guidelines for Researchers, page, which will be updated regularly.
For more on how to use the collections, click here.