If you missed last week’s presentation on our sister neighborhood Shockoe Bottom, below is a rundown of what happened from the City of Richmond but first, a quick TL;DR from Richmond Bizsense
Richmond is one of four cities this year receiving land-planning assistance from The Rose Center for Public Leadership, a joint program of the National League of Cities and Urban Land Institute. The three other cities –Columbus, Ohio; Salt Lake City; and Tuscon, Arizona – were also represented on the team.
Highlights of the team’s recommendations for the Bottom include:
– using Main Street Station to house a previously discussed slave heritage site or museum that could capitalize on the station as a starting point for visitors;
– locating a school in the area that could include an urban agriculture curriculum tied to the 17th Street Farmers’ Market;
– the creation of an Office of Equity and Inclusion with a full-time project manager specifically assigned to Shockoe Bottom.
Richmond, VA – Today the Rose Fellowship Panel presented their findings and recommendations on how the City of Richmond can take progressive steps in the coming years to protect and honor the unique history of Shockoe Valley through community engagement while building an economically viable neighborhood and international destination through existing and future investment.
“We’ve had a number of experts and advisors here from around the country to take a look at some of the land use issues we face in the city,” Mayor Levar M. Stoney stated to a full room at Main Street Station. “And although we may face some challenges, we have an opportunity to remember and honor the enslaved Africans who built this city and also celebrate the vibrancy of Shockoe Valley.”
Today’s public meeting culminated four days of site visits and stakeholder and community engagement by a team of national land use and design experts assembled and sponsored in its entirety by the Daniel Rose fellowship. Mayor Stoney was one of four U.S. Mayors selected for this fellowship and chose Shockoe Valley as the land use issue he wanted the group to review.
“We are grateful to the Rose team for lending their time and expertise to an important issue in our city,” continued the mayor. “We look forward to reviewing the report and engaging further with the community.”
Click here to watch the video of the presentation.
Click here to view the presented slides.