VCU Stormwater Survey

Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student, Jesse Harris, is looking into stormwater infrastructure surrounding the Monroe Campus. She has a short survey to help identity areas that VCU should be mindful of in planning for sustainable community development in the future.
This office as asked for the final results to report and share with the city’s stormwater division.

Councilperson Agelasto’s Meeting Tonight

From Amy Robins, 5th District Liaison:

REMINDER: Councilmember Parker Agelasto is holding a 5th District meeting this Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Southside Community Service Center (4100 Hull Street).
Richmond Public Schools new Superintendent Jason Kamras and 5th District School Board Representative Dr. Pat Sapini will be holding a “Meet & Greet” at the same location starting at 6pm.
Starting around 6:45pm, the meeting will cover the following agenda:
~Cigarette Tax Discussion
~Crime & Public Safety, Richmond Police Department
~5th District Updates & Discussion
UPDATE: Code Enforcement has been moved to the April 26th meeting.

Solar Co-op Meeting On Oregon Hill This Saturday

Holly Street neighbor Phaedra Hise is hosting a meeting of the Richmond Solar Open House this Saturday.

RSVP for the event at:

Have you ever considered going solar?
Come to a Solar Open House!

Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Solar Home of Phaedra Hise:
714 Holly St, Richmond, VA 23220

Tour the solar home of Phaedra Hise, ask questions about solar and the co-op process, and connect with other homeowners in the area who are interested in solar! Stop by for a few or stay for a while!

Learn more about our Richmond Solar Co-op at:

Oregon Hill, Randolph, and Uptown Neighborhood Litter Cleanup Scheduled For February 17th

RVA Clean Sweep is organizing an area clean up and litter pickup on Saturday, February 17 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Volunteers are meeting at Clark Springs Elementary (1101 Dance Street).

From FaceBook event page:

• What we’ll do
Clean Sweep is partnering with the Capital District of Circle K International for this three neighborhood cleanup. They are provide a larger group of volunteers and we need a handful of local residents to help guide the volunteers through the neighborhoods. Oregon Hill: Idlewood, Cumberland, Belvidere
Randolph: Idlewood, Allen, Harrison/Colorado
Uptown: Parkwood from Harrison to Meadow then back down Grayland

• What to bring
Please bring water bottle and wear layers.

• Important to know
There will be staged drop off points through the cleanup area. Details will be provided the day of.

RVA EFF Kicks Off Tonight

The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) kicks off tonight at the Science Museum of Virginia. It goes on all this week and part of next week at venues around the area. All the shows are FREE (thanks to generous sponsors)!

Please take the time to look over the full schedule by going to the website.

Tomorrow it will be at VCU in the afternoon and then at the Main City Public Library in the evening.

More Street Closings

The City sent this message:

Note: Due to weather conditions, Idlewood Avenue and the off ramp will remain closed until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6.

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2018
For more information, contact:
Paige Hairston – (804) 646-3659

Street Closure – Idlewood Avenue and Belvidere Street Off-Ramp
WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: Street Closure

WHEN: Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 29 through ending at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6


· Idlewood Avenue from Harrison to Cherry streets and

· Belvidere Street off ramp at the I-95 Downtown Expressway

BACKGROUND: The aforementioned areas will be closed to complete the final stages of paving and to convert two-way traffic and pavement markings for the roundabout construction at the intersection of Idlewood Avenue, Grayland Avenue and the I-95 off ramp. Please use caution and follow the detour signs.


In addition, as related by neighborhood association president Todd Woodson:

The following message was just received from the location manager of the Showtime TV series Homeland:

“The 2nd Street downtown exit off the Lee Bridge and S 2nd Street between S Pine and Spring St will be closed next Monday, Feb 5th from 4am until about 2pm.The bike path going underneath the Lee bridge from Oregon Hill will remain open.”

A bit cryptic with the 2nd street location between Pine and Spring but you get the gist. The show must go on!

Thanks, Todd.

Family Photo Mystery

A neighbor who lives on the 300 block of S. Pine Street has asked for some help with a mystery. After she moved into her row house in 2009, renovators found a trove of old photographs and bits of correspondence in the crawlspace under the house. While she has done her own investigating, she is still having trouble identifying the identities of the people in the photographs. She has asked that help and ask its audience if anyone knows the people in the following photographs…the ultimate goal is to return these photos and things to the families…Please reply in the comments or send a contact form in.

In addition to the identities, a few more mysteries-

There seems to be a couple of family groups represented in the photos, including white and black members and groups- are these different family groups related? If so, how? Why are their photos together in this trove?

Why was this trove stashed in an Oregon Hill crawlspace? There’s nothing in the photos or bits of correspondence that establishes a connection to Oregon Hill. There’s no indication that the people in the photographs ever lived in the house or in Oregon Hill.


Manchester’s Dogtown Dish has a nice article on Oregon Hill resident Haleh Pedram’s upholstery business and her oyster-inspired pillows.

The RVA Environmental Film Festival has announced that the short film An Oyster’s-Eye View of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program is the winning entry of the 2018 RVA EFF Virginia Film Contest.
Be sure to make plans to attend this festival in February. Attendance is FREE!

But the bigger picture news is that Chesapeake Bay oysters are making a tentative comeback. They are starting to show signs of resistance to scourges like Dermo and MSX. Sad to say, this good, desperately needed development may be threatened by offshore drilling.