On Monday, we floated the idea of a car-free Carytown in the newsletter and on Instagram. Here’s what readers had to say about the popular proposal.
A lot of people suggested a pedestrian-only schedule — and pointed to other cities with car–free streets.
“Absolutely! Install retractable pylons that can be lowered to allow traffic on some schedule and raised to create a pedestrian mall on schedule.” – @riversideoutfittersrva
“Yes, on weekends at least. Works great at old town Alexandria off king st” – @seefitz
“If the city could build some parking structures, convert ellwood 2 way to Arthur Ashe (which would slow down cars), then convert Cary from Thompson-Arthur Ashe to pedestrian mall like Charlottesville’s, that would be the most ideal!!!!” – @emilyroutman
A Twitter account shared a rendering of a car-free Carytown last week. | Rendering via @betterstreetsai
Parking was a common concern.
“Sounds great if they had extra parking decks built – it’s already hard to find parking now.” – @missyrothrock
“YES! But realistically there would have to be more parking garages. Underground ones would be awesome to not block the beautiful surroundings!” – Reader Elizabeth H.
“Yes and no. It would become more of a popular place for sure, and revenues for business would profit. But where will everyone park? Maybe a couple of parking decks?” – @nicktheheartist
“That would be so dope but certainly want to listen to and find solutions for concerns of our disabled neighbors […] and a plan for the overflow parking and traffic. But yeahhhhh!” – @nerdcropolis
Readers brought up other areas like Charlottesville’s downtown mall. | Photo by Sophia McCrimmon
Readers also shared other development dreams.
“In addition to Carytown, I’d like to see segments of Floyd, Cherry, and Shafer around VCU be transformed into car-free zones — note that this is different than pedestrian-only zones. These areas would need designated bike lanes and Carytown would need a bus-only lane.” – Reader Angela L.
“[…] Continuing to bolster the city’s bike lanes would be helpful too. A north/south Pulse line sounds like a good idea.” – Reader Kyle S.
Flowers After 5 | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 5-9 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $8+ | VA quintet Jackass Flats combines bluegrass traditions with an electric twist. 🎻
Manchester Manifest First Fridays | Fri., Aug. 5 | 5 p.m.-12 a.m. | Hull Street from 12th-14th Streets | Free entry | Head to Southside for an evening of art, vendors, food trucks, kids activities + performances by local talent.
Horror Trivia | Fri., Aug. 5 | 7 p.m. | Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Rd. | Free entry | Bring your pals + test your knowledge of all things creature features. 🧟
Craigslist Jerry | Fri., Aug. 5 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free entry | The local jammers will play a set for Hippie Happy Hour. 🎶
Richmond Makers Market | Sat., Aug. 6 | 12-6 p.m. | Basic City Beer Co., 212 W. Sixth St. | Free entry | Shop from local vendors + enjoy Billy Pie and Tiny Vegan food at this pup-friendly, indoor-outdoor market.
“The Little Mermaid” Sing Along | Sat., Aug. 6 | 10 a.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $5 | See the Disney classic on the big screen and get ready for a singalong under the sea. 🧜♀️
Stationary Store Day | Sat., Aug. 6 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Mongrel, 2924 W. Cary St. | Cost of purchase | Celebrate all things stationary with giveaways + mystery card packs. 💌
Billy Pasta is now open inside Ellwood Thompson’s. The spot serves fresh pasta to go + made to order inside the specialty grocery store. Swing by from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. any day. Pro tip: Ask about gluten free options. 🍝
The Dept. of Public Works has released the schedule of neighborhood clean–ups through November. This Sat., Aug. 6, crews will be in the Bellevue, Ginter Park, and Washington Park neighborhoods. They’ll accept anything except electronics, construction debris, hazardous waste + broken glass. 🗑
A new mixed–use apartment building is planned for an acre just east of Willow Lawn. 4601-4625 W. Broad St. is currently home to three office buildings, but an unnamed developer wants to construct a seven-story building with room for 150 units + commercial space. 🏠 (Richmond BizSense)
The city is hosting a Gun Buy Back event on Sat., Aug. 20 starting at 10 a.m. at Liberation Church (5501 Midlothian Tnpk.). Richmonders can safely dispose of unwanted firearms in exchange for gift cards for several retailers, including Amazon + Kroger.
Witness the “Great Return of the Atlantic Sturgeon” this September. For $25, you’ll have a spot on the Spirit of the James boat to track breaching sturgeon + learn about the river’s natural resources. Trips will take placeSept. 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at various times. 🌊
Steve Lacy is headed to The National. The alternative R&B artist will play a Richmond show on his “Give You The World” tour on Wed., Oct. 19. Ticketsgo on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. 🎶
Could AFC Richmond come to Richmond, VA? The 288 Group + the Kickers teamed up with local + state tourism efforts to make a video proposing an exhibition match between the Roos and personalities from the Apple TV+ show “Ted Lasso.” We’ll see if the Greyhounds take notice. ⚽️ (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Editor’s pick:Not to rain on the 804 parade, but the area code is actually projected to run out of numbers. The State Corporation Commission might introduce a new area code (send in your thoughts) in addition to the old 804. We’re looking at it as more days to celebrate our city. ☎️
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