Arthur Ashe Statue
One of the interesting social commentaries surrounding Richmond is the addition of Arthur Ashe, to the street of Confederate War heroes on Monument Avenue. Arthur Ashe seemed to be tied to Richmond only by birth, leaving almost immediately in his life to St. Louis and then on to Los Angeles, yet Richmond still raises his profile so highly, that they honored him by being the first person to lay in state after his death in the Governor's Mansion... an honor last bestowed on General Stonewall Jackson.
If you are interested in viewing this particular statue, it is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond.
The Fan, centred on Monument Avenue, is named for the fanning street pattern in which the neighborhood was built upon. The neighbourhood has several small parks and playgrounds that have been placed in odd shaped triangle lots created by the street grid. One of the neighbourhood's most famed attractions is Monument Avenue which showcases past and modern heroes of the South. The Fan was prominent from the late 19th century through to the Great Depression. For the next 35-40 years, the Victorian houses were seen as too expensive to maintain. Since the early 1970s, the Fan has been renovated to return to its past glory. Not only have the eyecatching Victorian houses been renovated, but all manner of cuisines (Brasilian Cafe, Kuba Kuba, and Athens Tavern are but three examples) are represented in the small, cozy, neighbourhood restaurants. Every Easter Sunday, the Fan hosts an Easter Parade.
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Richmond Free Press
One of the best values in Richmond is obviously the Richmond Free Press. At the price of zero, zilch, nada, not one red cent, you can get all the news and information in and around the Richmond area. The old adage of course holds true here. You will probably get what you pay for. In an interesting development, even though it is the free press, they still sell online subscription plans, which run 40 dollars a year!
I saw a few folks jogging either alone or in a company among trees in fall colours, along lovely and over 5 miles long Monument Avenue. I saw older folks jogging there after dark which was a sign it was safe enough for them do it.
There are 3 parks: Richmond Park and Bushy Park or Home Park, too. Jogging/running shoes. Dressing code: depends on weather. For women a T-shirt is obligatory even in hot summer, no top-less is allowed in the USA.
Many Richmonders go for bank holiday weekends to the river. I don't mean the James River that bisects the city, but to cottages they maintain or rent along the Rappahannock or Potomac Rivers. In the early 1970s, my family would rent a cottage in Bowler's Wharf (near Sharps), Virginia.