So one thing that happened at the last Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting (2/28) was a presentation on possibilities for new stop signs at intersections for neighborhood traffic.
This sort of thing has been requested multiple times before in regard to speeding and dangerous collisions, but for different reasons has never been acted on.
At the meeting, a City traffic engineer presented two options for stops. The proposed options are for a flipping of the stop signs at the circled intersections to give the east-west streets right of way and have the north-south streets stop. This way, no one direction always has right of way, and would need to stop at roughly every other intersection. This traffic pattern is called basket weaving, and has been used successfully in Maymont. These options are in no way set in stone, and are up for discussion and suggested alternatives. ‘Option 1’ suggests new stop signs at the intersections of Albemarle and S. Laurel, Spring and S. Pine, China and S. Laurel, and Holly and S. Pine. ‘Option 2’ suggests new stop signs at Albemarle and S. Cherry, Albemarle and S. Pine, Spring and S. Laurel, China and S. Pine, and Holly and S. Laurel.
Neighbors are asked to let the neighborhood association know which option they think is best as well as any other input. The plan is to discuss this more at the next OHNA meeting and then get back to the City traffic engineer and Councilperson Agelasto’s office with some thoughts and decisions.
It looks like the opening was well attended.
Writer Nick Michon has an article on the website Richmond2Day.com about the changes on the corner of Laurel Street and Albemarle Street- here are the opening paragraphs:
Death has paid Oregon Hill a visit. Gone are the frilly flowers that once graced the now defunct Bunnyhop Bike Shop on the corner of Albemarle in exchange for the towering scythe wielded by the Reaper himself. The entire building has transformed to black, and Justin Torone and Alaina Gearhart are to blame.
While the new mural in progress by Sure Hand Signs may paint a grim scene, Torone and Gearhart’s business Rest In Pieces is taking on a newfound life of its own. The couple entered the world of oddities through Gearhart’s preexisting love for strange artifacts like skulls and preserved creatures.
Click here to read the rest of the article.
From Rest In Pieces’ Instagram page:
Some of you already know, but it’s finally official. Rest in Pieces is moving to Oregon Hill. The new location is significantly larger, and will give us the space we need to continue to grow. We want to personally say thank you to each and every one of you, YOU made this possible. We’re sad to be leaving our spot in the fan, but it’s time to move onto bigger things. This move is scary. But if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing. We’ve been hoarding inventory and fixtures for months in preparation for this, and we cannot wait to share what we have in store for you guys.
Check out their website to learn more about “Richmond’s Only Oddity Shop”.
Unfortunately, I took too long to make my way over to the annual Friends of Hollywood Cemetery picnic and only saw people as they were leaving…it sounds like it was a successful event though.
I did catch stealthy Mr. Banana nearby on Albemarle Street…
Ladies and gentlemen, the drum plant:
Wandered upon this structure at the Albemarle St. cul-de-sac. I am not sure what it is supposed to be or represent, but it reminded me of a sailing ship. Therefore I christian thee the “Albemarle Argo“.