The Forecast: Southern Belle

12/21/2015 2:43 PM by

Last year it was New York, this year it’s London… The 2016 edition of The Forecast from Monocle Magazine includes Megan Billings’ neighborhood profile SOUTHERN BELLE — Church Hill.

Monocle is an internally-focussed global affairs and lifestyle magazine out of London “which aims to provide a global perspective on international affairs, business, culture, design, and fashion.” The Forecast is their annual focus on the currents, trends “and monkey business to watch out for in the year ahead.” Calling the 234-page publication a magazine seems weak, it’s almost an inch thick and will cost you $18. Should be good reading for a while, though.

Church Hill is one of 3 neighborhoods given a profile in this edition; the other 2 are Jalan Besar in Singapore and Neutral Bay in Sydney. Other articles include looks at Airbus, the Honda EV electric scooter, an Italian outdoor-gym maker, residential towers in Madrid, and a survey of Antwerp. The Forecast is all over the place and kind of awesome.

The bit of the article that you can read online without a subscription says:

With just shy of 220,000 residents, the southern city of Richmond, Virginia, is one of the oldest in the US and the place where Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a famous speech on liberty. It was also a centre of trade for the tobacco and cotton industries before the American Civil War and was the capital city of the Confederacy that seceded from the rest of the Union in the 1860s. Today the city is proving popular with Americans previously drawn to places such as Austin and New Orleans.

There’s an optimistic spirit here and it’s…

The piece includes great photos of The Dog & Pig Show, Sub Rosa, Richmond Rides, the Elsner/Shields house on Grace Street, and more, and with mentions of Dutch & Co, The Roosevelt, Shockoe Denim, Metzger Bar & Butchery, the SEED grants, Quirk Hotel, Ledbury, and Tricycle Gardens.

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Monocle Magazine's The Forecast 2016

Monocle Magazine’s The Forecast 2016

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