A Newcomer’s Lament

‘At the end of the day, it has to be about the entire city’

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A Newcomer's Lament

I am not a newcomer, having lived here nearly 63yrs, yet I feel the same frustration. Only when I began helping my son with his new business, Pop's On Grace, did I start to meet my neighbors and discover a yearning for a sense of community, need for practical retailers to fill vacant spaces (Grace St corridor, Sixth St Market, Broad St..) now that the residential population has increased dramatically downtown and shoppers are seeking walkable alternatives, a focus on the needs of residents already in place rather than imaginary people who may or may not appear. If all projects have to be studied and discussed for ten years I may not live to see the revitalization of the city I so dearly love...

Patti Wright 299 days ago

Re: A Newcomer's Lament

Hi Pattie, thanks for your thoughtful comment. May we have your permission to publish it in the magazine? Please reply to samanthaw@richmag.com as soon as you can. Thanks!

Samantha Willis, Richmond magazine online editor 298 days ago

A Newcomer's Lament

It's great to hear someone speak out. I moved to Richmond a year ago and was quickly charmed by the city. I became fully invested in making a positive contribution and establishing roots. I am, also, from D.C. and was accustomed to more inclusiveness - something that Richmond struggles with. However, I do see progress. I've spent the past year observing, without comment, because it's not fair to expect to come in and try to change a place. But now, I am laying claim on this city. I love Richmond - it is my home - and I will strive to make it better and be a part of helping it to achieve it's potential.

Julie Pennini 299 days ago

Re: A Newcomer's Lament

Hi Julie, thanks for your comment! May we have your permission to publish it in the magazine? Please reply to samanthaw@richmag.com as soon as you can. Thanks!

Samantha Willis, Richmond magazine online editor 298 days ago