Wednesday, March 4, 2009
In th' Beginnin...
Better Downtown Richmond is a blog for observing the city I live in and exploring ideas to make it better.
I passed this van parked outside JoJo's today. No idea who it belongs to or what it's purpose is, but it seemed like a good omen for the launch of this blog.
The blog title photo is of the corner of 2nd and Broad streets. I live two blocks from here and pass this intersection several times a day. The street scene never fails to impress upon me the magnitude of economic devastation in the core of the city. Whole blocks of Marshall, Broad, and Grace appear completely abandoned, just like this block of Broad. Every building in the photo is empty, including the large high rise in the background.
How did this happen? Why do these conditions persist? Why do the city leaders accept this situation? Are we going to do anything about it?