Tag Archives: Downtown Master Plan

Departing Rachel Flynn: “Make the riverfront happen”

The views of the downtown skyline and the James River are tough to beatMelissa Scott Sinclair of Style Weekly caught with Flynn in a candid Q&A, where she talks about the Downtown Masterplan, the riverfront and the James, Echo Harbour, city traffic plans and more: Continue reading

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Development of Chapel Island could be key to downtown greenways

Chapel Island - Credit: Downtown Master PlanThe Downtown Master Plan, which was published in July 2009, contains so many wonderful ideas and projects with potential for the riverfront. One involves the creation of a waterfront park on Chapel Island, located on the north bank of the James between the 14th Street Takeout and Great Shiplock Park. Continue reading

Is there no chance for Downtown Master Plan with Flynn gone?

Downtown Master Plan - See (A) for the pedestrian bridgeI have recently been reviewing the Downtown Master Plan, which was published in July 2009. It was created by dozens of elected officials, city employees and “hundreds of Richmond residents,” which is a nod to all of the charrettes held to gain input from the citizens of Richmond. It says “the public planning process began in July 2007. The Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2008. Additional Amendments were adopted in July 2009.” Continue reading

RIVER RANT: Should Pipeline, heron rookery be kept a secret?

Great Blue Heron rookery at Pipeline Rapids WalkwayIf you have ever been to the Pipeline Rapids Walkway in spring and early summer, the Great Blue Heron rookery is amazing. It is a great example of the health of the James River in downtown Richmond and a fantastic place to watch the beauty of nature year-round. But some have complained that it needs fewer people visiting, not more. There is a proposal in the 2007 Downtown Master Plan that would have a boardwalk build beneath the double-track CSX viaduct to replace the existing narrow metal catwalk. Should there be more access to this area or is the current structure enough? Should the area remain one of downtown Richmond’s best kept secrets?