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  • Pop’s Market on Grace

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  • Dementi Studio

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  • Downtown Grace Street Podcast

    For this podcast, I had the opportunity to interview 3 people from different businesses along East Grace Street: a photography store owner, a restaurant employee, and a hairstylist. Each of them introduced different aspects to the changes within the Grace Street downtown area. You feel as if you walked into a time machine when listening […]

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  • Blue Nine Market

    The Blue Nine Market opened in 2005 along with its sister-store Clay Market which closed down a few years ago due to a decline in business. The owner, Adam Hussein, said that since the city closed down bus stops on Broad St. near his store the market’s sales declined. Previously the store was another market […]

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  • Renovation

      As you walk down the neighborhood streets, there is an evident distinction between the different types of homes. More precisely, older homes differ from newer homes in the way they were built. For example, the outside facade of older homes where constructed using brick, cement, and spackle. The windows appear older with some windows having air conditioning […]

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  • Gentrification In Battery Park Podcast

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  • Albert V Norrell Elementary School

    Albert V. Norrell Elementary was a segregated school that opened almost a 100 years ago. After the ruling in Brown V. Board of Education, many white families moved their children out of the institution when black families began moving into the neighborhood. Like most other predominately black schools, it was extended and constructed on top […]

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  • Businesses

    In the early 1900s, North Avenue and West Brookland Park Boulevard became popular with the black residents of the Battery Park area. These streets, located in the neighborhood had many businesses that catered specifically to the black community. These included convenient stores, black-owned hair salons and barbershops, black-owned restaurants, and small local markets. Today, many […]

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  • Battery Park Neighborhood homes

    Battery Park is a neighborhood filled with history. After interviewing a longtime resident, Ms. Bailey, I got an idea of what changes took place within this neighborhood. Battery Park was a neighborhood that housed predominately white middle class families. As gentrification began to take place in neighboring areas such as in Jackson Ward, black families were […]

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  • Dementi Studio

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  • Unleashed The Salon

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  • Scott’s Addition Podcast

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  • Wallers Company & Jewelers

    Richmond Haggins Jr. was born in 1938 in Richmond. Waller is the owner of the 118-year-old establishment Waller & Company Jewelers on 19 E. Broad St. The business was started by his grandfather, Marcellus Carrington Waller, in 1900 and despite several moves, it has maintained generations of steady customers. He runs the store with his […]

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  • Nur Perfume

    The owner, Yoseph, and his son were not interested in talking to me much. However, he did tell me that he is originally from Bangladesh — which explains the extensive and curated perfumes and incense from South East Asia that one smells when one first walks into the store. The one thing he did say […]

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  • HeadHunters Barber Shop

    Ron Jones is the owner of HeadHunters Barbershop. His shop gives off vibes nothing short of eclectic Brooklyn cool. It makes sense considering he grew up in both Richmond and Brooklyn. They are different in size but have a similar history. The War on Drugs stifled both with violent crime and layers of poverty. The period […]

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  • Barky’s

    Barksdale “Barky” Haggins has owned the record store Barky’s Spiritual Stores since 1956. Originally, it was on 407 N. 1st St. before being burnt down in a fire. “The next day we moved over here and were back in business,” Haggins said to me. He couldn’t remember the year of the fire but he bought the building in […]

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  • Renovation of Homes

    Construction/Renovation of homes taking place on Jefferson Avenue in Church Hill.    

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  • Houses north of M. St

    It is important to note that these visual representations of houses north of M. Street do not represent the entirety of housing in Church Hill North. However, it does provide an idea of what some of the homes look like here versus south of M. Street.      

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  • Renovated Homes/Patrick Henry Restaurant

    This shows what the homes look like in Church Hill. Outside they retain the “historic” look, but inside they are completely renovated. The middle house is actually a restaurant called Patrick Henry’s Pub & Grille located on E. Broad St. One of the reasons why the African-American population in “historic” Church Hill has declined is […]

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  • Captain Buzzy’s Beanery

    A coffee shop located in the historic Church Hill on E. Broad St. “Captain Buzzy’s is perfectly situated in the heart of beautiful historic Church Hill. Less than two blocks from St. John’s Church, site of famous Patrick Henry, ‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!’ speech and a couple blocks from Liberty Hill Park. […]

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  • The Roosevelt

    An exclusive restaurant located on the corner of N. 25th St. and M St. Provides a variety of dishes every day of the week after 5pm, except for Sundays where they open in the morning for brunch. “The Roosevelt is a neighborhood restaurant in a turn-of-the-last-century building in Church Hill, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood. Our food is an untraditional celebration of the […]

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  • Well-Made Pastry Alliance

    A delicacy shop in Church Hill that provides, “all sorts of treats, including pies, cakes, caneles, muffins, sticky buns, breakfast sandwiches and more as single order items, and whole cakes and pies as special order items”. Location is convenient, on E. Marshall St., south of M St and near other restaurants and shops in Church Hill. […]

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  • Proper Pie

    Proper Pie Co. is one of the more popular “quaint shops” found in Church Hill. They’re known not only for their traditional sweet pies, but also for their meat pies. Located just a few blocks from St. John’s Church in Historic Church Hill.

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  • The Hill Cafe

    An older establishment located on E. Broad St., The Hill Cafe is a restaurant located in Church Hill (South of M. Street). In my opinion, restaurants do play an important role within gentrification in a city, especially within Richmond. Restaurants in Church Hill play off of the “historic” aspects of the area and attract members […]

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  • M Steet

    This particular street in Church Hill has symbolic meaning. Kathryn Parkhurst wrote her M.A. thesis on the  gentrification of Church Hill. According to Parkhurst (2016), “M Street served as a divider between the white side of the neighborhood and the African American side. The Historic Richmond Foundation brought back a segregated divide in the neighborhood by […]

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  • Jackson Ward

        Where the Greater Richmond Convention Center stands today, once stood the offices of John Mitchell, Jr (editor of the Richmond Planet) and Oliver Hill (civil rights lawyer). Today a plaque commemorates Mitchell but there seems to be no mention of Oliver Hill, his partners, or their offices anywhere. The following few pictures are of […]

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  • Vogue Flowers

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  • Koontz Paint and Body

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  • Boulevard Burger and Brew

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  • Church Hill Podcast

    This podcast provides a history of Church Hill as far back as the 1950’s and how the area has gentrified. Within the podcast lies a narrative of two former residents of the Church Hill area and how much the area has changed since the time they lived there. In addition to the interviews of these […]

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  • Development Lots

    The closer you walk to I-95, the more sparse the the businesses and buildings become and the more common empty lots become that are open for development. At the corner of Jackson and 2nd, where this particular lot was, there were three empty lots for sale at each corner.

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  • Second Street Bank and Station House Apartments

    The Second Street Bank, a prominent blank-owned bank in the late 19th and early 20th century, closed down with the desegregation in Richmond. The facade is still in tact, but the inside has been renovated into apartments.

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  • Miller’s and Eggelston Hotels

    Miller’s Hotel was an institution and landmark of Jackson Ward, widely considered the first luxury hotel open to African-Americans in the South. Legends like Booker T. Washington stayed in the hotel. It became the Eggelston Hotel in 1935. The hotel and restaurant below became centers for music and culture. Redd Foxx, Louis Armstrong, and Ethel […]

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  • Taylor Mansion and the Speakeasy Grill

    The Taylor Mansion, on 2nd St. next to Hippodrome Theater, was widely accepted as the largest residence for a black person in the United States when it was built for Reverend W.L. Taylor in 1895. The Reverend was a prohibitionist and community leader, but the mansion was vacated by his descendants and bought by the […]

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  • 300 Block of Cedar St.

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  • Richmond City Yoga (And Podcast)

    The Mechanics Savings Bank at the corner of 3rd and Clay was opened by John Mitchell Jr., the famous editor of the Richmond Planet and civil rights activist in Jackson Ward. In his later years he opened the bank to cater to the community of Jackson Ward. Later on the same building housed the Southern […]

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  • VCU Police

    On E Broad St, between 2nd and 3rd, there is only one occupied building on the north side of the street. The VCU Police Headquarters looms over the vacant corner markets and small groceries.

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  • New Fish Market

    The New Fish Market was a small, family owned international market and restaurant by the corner of 2nd and E Broad. In 2014 it was raided by police for suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking along with a local barber shop. While neither the owner or the employee that was working were arrested, two customers […]

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  • Corner of Hull st. and E 2nd st.

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  • Art Works Studios and Galleries

    A hub for local artists, Art Works opened their center- an event and gallery space, as well as studio, in 2003. Monthly art shows and receptions happen here, and Art Works is a venue for local art to be displayed and sold. The story of the Art Center began while scouting for a new home […]

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  • Corner of Bainbridge st. and W 7th st.

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  • Legends Brewery

    A local brewery which opened in 1994, Legend’s is one of the oldest and largest commercial microbreweries in central Virginia. Legend’s is a fixture in historic Old Manchester and is known for its view of the James River. It is even one of the stops on a local trolley tour– Richmonders do love their beer.

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  • Commerce Rd. and Perry St.

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  • Former Reynolds South Plant

    Reynolds South Plant, headquartered in Richmond from 1921-2000 (when Alcoa acquired it), provided the world with the aluminum can, the pop top and Reynolds Wrap — the stuff used for the crinkly Markel Building near Willow Lawn. Reynolds also built one of the deep-diving man-made objects, the Aluminaut. Located off Hull and Bainbridge St., this […]

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  • 2400-2402 Jefferson Avenue

     

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  • View from Jefferson Park and on Cedar Street

             

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