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The Forecast: Southern Belle

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.


This is a big magazine
This is a big magazine


Monocle Magazine's The Forecast 2016
Monocle Magazine’s The Forecast 2016


Guilty Mom 12/21/2015 at 4:07 PM

Trying to figure out how Quirk Hotel got into an article about Church Hill without paying $18

crd 12/21/2015 at 8:10 PM

@1 good question. Not like Quirk is in Church Hill anyway. Maybe we can find a copy somewhere and read it without paying $18.

John M 12/21/2015 at 8:18 PM

They’re basically mentioned as a new amenity in the city.

I talked my way into a free copy as press 🙂

crd 12/21/2015 at 9:12 PM

@3 GOOD FOR YOU, John M! So some sort of prelude to the article, or something? I mean, yes they are an amenity but Quirk is no where near Church Hill. Sounded to me like they got a bunch of other stuff right, though.

dontmincewords 12/21/2015 at 9:38 PM

So, this is huge folks. Effin’ HUGE. I worked at Sonos when we had a 5 person marketing staff I I would of auctioned my left tit to get into Monocle in 2010. I don’t know who is selling the city or the neighborhood, but if it’s a straight male, I’ll take one for the team and thank him with many, many sexual healing

ann 12/22/2015 at 2:54 AM

Sadly, in an article about Church Hill, Quirk’s not the only place mentioned that’s not in Church Hill.

Kathleen 12/22/2015 at 10:14 AM

Good lord people. Get out of your Church Hill butt holes and recognize that whether it’s in your sweet little corner of the world or not, it’s good press for the entire city.

Timothy 12/22/2015 at 11:00 AM


ann 12/22/2015 at 8:23 PM

Kathleen, joy of the season to you! I wrote because I’m proud of my neighborhood (which isn’t Church Hill) and because I’m in a growing group of citizens tired that media so often prints erroneous or unresearched information – but, if “it’s good press for the entire city” I cry mea culpa and join the flock (not)
. By the way, is being a “Church Hill butt hole” kin to being “schlonged”?


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