70 / The Past Made Present
As we close this three-part series, we present Jackson Ward’s past made present through three entities: the 101-year-old Russell House, the 144-year-old FRIENDS Association, and 149-year-old Sixth Mount Zion Church. By Samantha Willis
78 / Building Boom Fuel
After two decades of sparking economic growth in Richmond and elsewhere, Virginia’s historic tax credit program is getting a hard look from legislators, with some saying it disproportionately benefits cities and keeps money out of state coffers. By Gary Robertson
82 / At Home on the Street
Whether by chance or by choice, some Richmonders get by without four walls and a roof to call their own. They connect with others like themselves. They depend on the generosity of friends and strangers, and they pay it forward when they can. By Susan Higgins
88 / People and Places to Watch in 2017
Gaze into the future with us as we cast the spotlight on 24 people and places that should have a huge year in 2017. Get to know them before they blow up!
25 / Richmonder of the Month Is Fightin’ Joe down for the count?
26 / Dubious Distinctions A year of not-so-great moments
30 / Community The Sacred Heart Center’s new director hopes to expand programs for Hispanic residents.
32 / Sunday Story Closing the reading achievement gap in area schools with the Literacy Lab By Bonnie Newman Davis
36 / Flashback Digging into the Downtown Expressway and Richmond’s prolonged affliction of building highways By Harry Kollatz Jr.
176 / … And Another Thing Is it time to close the post-election chasm, or to reload? By Janet Giampietro
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
39 / Datebook Ladies who love Led Zeppelin, a merry mix of holiday events, the annual cap city Kwanzaa celebration and more
42 / Q&A Meet the drummer of psych rock band Earthless before they descend on Strange Matter this month
44 / Spotlight You’d better watch out: St. Nick’s sinister sibling appears at RVA Krampusnacht.
46 / Profile Need a gift that keeps on giving? Read up on the latest literary offerings by authors in our region.
55 / Style Richmond-centric gift guide
58 / Shop Talk One Rose home décor store blooms in Midlothian.
60 / Excursions House museums are hidden treasures well worth a holiday season visit to Washington, D.C.
64 / Health Canine Companions volunteers train service dogs for people in need.
68 / Picture This A chili throwdown arts fundraiser and Pollak award winners
159 / Review Belle & James
161 / Quick Take Perly’s Restaurant and Delicatessen
162 / Quick Take Rogue Gentlemen; Dining Events
164 / 5 Faves Be sure to leave some of these locally baked cookies for Santa; Purveyor From foraged mushrooms to vinaigrettes, Steve Haas Mushrooms has you covered.
168 / Ingredient Brightening your holiday table and brunch with cranberries
170 / Best Bites These Intergalactic Tacos are out of this world.
172 / Food Stuffs Popping bubbly? Three experts weigh in on what to serve at your New Year’s Eve party. By Stephanie Breijo
GUIDES TO GO
103 / What’s new south of the James
106 / A master development plan for 23 miles of trail along the Appomattox River nears completion.
112 / Chesterfield County’s new fine arts center finds a major benefactor in dentist Baxter Perkinson Jr.
117 / Where to shop, eat and play
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