Category Archives: Richmond

Richmond’s lack of food scene

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2011/aug/01/tdmain01-richmond-creates-task-force-to-increase-a-ar-1209495/

Let’s hope that this group is able to create real and implementable plans that the city government will support!

A usually undiscussed issue ’round these parts is the lack of groceries to substantial areas of the city. There are many sections of the city in which a trip to the grocery store requires planning. I own multiple vehicles, and getting to a grocery store requires planning on what time of day to go, as the one store in the city that is within a 5 mile radius is impossible to use. Anyone familiar with Kroger on Broad (near VCU) will know it’s always overcrowded and a parking spot is a commodity. Usually, I just drive the extra miles to use a store outside the city limits. Here, there is no such thing as a quick trip to the store, and for those with limited means of transportation, the trips and fresh fare options dwindle.

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big bust at the drug house

Aw, yeah!  RPD brought out the battering ram for the last remaining drug house on my street last Friday, and rounded up the dealer and his cousin for PWID (possession with intent to distribute) amongst other things.

For years, neighbors have been giving information to the RPD concerning this house and others associated with it.  Finally, a shooting that occurred at a connected house (and a related shootout that spilled onto a main road the next day) in November seems to have sped up the process of bringing the drug ring  to court (http://northrichmondnews.com/news/2010/08/29/police-name-suspects-in-montrose-shooting/).  I will definitely be sending a letter to the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ office regarding the case.  Interestingly, the nearby crackheads have been in a bad mood all weekend (not making this up).

richmond’s finest get something right!

RPD’s Special Investigation Division has been working on the worst block in our neighborhood for some time.  Two houses were declared nuisance properties, and multiple indictments have been served.  The block in question is just behind a Burger King on Chamberlayne and always had a longer drive-thru line than the BK.  Just a few of the houses kept that block in horrible shape (and unsafe).  With that block cleared, all of the neighborhood’s internal blocks are not only safe, but liveable. 

I’ve made a point of jogging the perimeter of our neighborhood when I have the time to go for a run.  The perimeter consists of two rundown commercial corridors that can appear less than safe (most of the time, it’s just the appearance and not the actuality).  I should note that my jogging has been dubbed “the senior shuffle” and is probably more pathetic than impressive.  But, I feel I am making a statement (marking the territory, if you will) that I have no fear of my streets or whomever may be on them.

more reasons to be in the city

Traffic in Richmond is getting worse: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/business/news/2011/jan/21/tdbiz01-traffic-congestion-increases-in-richmond-ar-788518/

Ever-lowering crime rates even in the hardest cities (in the city of Compton… we keep it rockin’… ok, I’m done now): http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110119/us_yblog_thelookout/in-compton-once-crime-ridden-residents-finally-feel-safe

Fear of your suburb becoming a slum (hey, scare tactics work… just look at how fast white people fled the cities back in the day): http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=21179977

really????

Not sure if this driver’s easy escape was supposed to be the responsibility of the Virginia State or Richmond Police: http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-richmond-man-leads-state-polic-111410,0,3144702.story

Things have been a little hairy this month in our city.  After a remarkably calm spring and summer, criminals seem to suddenly have a reason to act again.  There have been a few shootings (including shootouts) in Northside this past month, which is very unusual.  There must be more to the story of the recent spike in violent/personal crime, but I run in the wrong circles to be “in” on that information.

richmond’s food deserts

http://www.alixbryan.com/2010/07/richmond-food-deserts-produce-urban-farm-trend/

As someone who can only purchase liquor, cigarettes, or a prostitute’s services within walking distance, I live in a food desert.  Each weekend, my husband and I drive to the suburbs to get our groceries for the week.  I would love to be paying sales tax within my city, but it isn’t possible.  We have a big building only a few blocks from us that would make an excellent mid-size grocery.  Maybe in 20 years it will finally be a reality…

ch-ch-changes: more people, less crime

http://riverdistrictnews.com/2010/06/22/richmond-continues-to-grow/

http://chpn.net/news/2010/08/15/richmond-1994_14783/

Thanks, John, for staying on top of Richmond’s changes. 

My family dropped into Richmond in 1994.  I now live very close to where we first rented.  Unlike in 1994, a gunshot is an unusual happening.  Richmond was a scary place to many people in the 90s.  For a couple years, I volunteered feeding the homeless with Pennies for Heaven (now shut down) every weekend.  Okay, I’ll admit I was twelve, and I was partially in it for the free Krispy Kremes at the end of the “shift.”  We went to a few parks, and some very eerie parking lots.  I remember my dad telling me not to wander past the parking lot edges.  The adults instructed a friend and me to drop if we ever heard a shot.  At one particular lot, houses without windows or utilities loomed around, and women and children would file out of unknown doors in the dead of winter to take armfulls of whatever could be grabbed.  Men mostly rode up on bikes, rank with the smell of alcohol and urine.  As a kid, I only felt pity for the other kids, who had no choice or even an idea of what life was like across a bridge, or highway that divided “them” from kids safe in warm houses.  I’ve driven past many of these areas since and, even in the most blighted areas, there is not nearly the same level of despair that I clearly remember from my first few years in this city.