Reintroducing: RICtoday Neighborhood Guides

An aerial shot over Richmond, VA

Let us know which neighborhood you want to shoutout or one you want to learn more about. | Photo by @newkentdroneco

With a city that ranks No. 27 on Livability’s list of Best Places to Live in America in 2021, it’s no surprise ~226, 610 people call Richmond home. With a population like that, where do all of these Richmonders eat, drink, play, and live?

We are setting out to answer that with RICtoday’s Neighborhood Guides. Much like our past guides to Jackson Ward, Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, and Manchester, this ongoing series will take you on an exploration of the communities that make Richmond feel like home. We’ll dive into history, things to do and discover, places to park, where to live, and more to showcase some of the best qualities our unique neighborhoods have to offer.

So, what do we define as a “neighborhood”?

While we love suburbs like Glen Allen + Bon Air, these guides will focus on small communities within our city (think: Carver and Forest Hill). These small but mighty parts of the River City typically feature restaurants, parks, living spaces, festivals, events, and more, and span one to a handful of blocks.

An aerial shot over Richmond's Fan District

The Fan features a piece of visual Richmond history, the Sauer’s Vanilla sign. | Photo by @takeone.aerial

How will we choose what neighborhoods to cover?

This is where you come in. We are asking you to rave about all of your favorite neighborhood communities in the 804 — whether it’s one you call home, always stop by with out-of-town visitors, or daydream about moving to.

Are you intrigued by Shockoe Bottom’s history? Do you love being able to walk from a Carytown coffee shop to a clothing store in a matter of minutes? Ever wonder why Scott’s Addition gained popularity so quickly? We want to hear all about it + share the inside scoop with our readers.

Click here to point us in the direction of some of the best neighborhoods around town — from areas with rich history and unique architecture to the best places to retire or purchase your first home.