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    821 Bakery Cafe @ Cherry St.
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    whale of a mural
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  • 1. Unique Neighbourhoods

    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...

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  • 2. Skyline

    Another good vantage point is the observation deck of the new (in Richmond terms) City Hall. Since 11 September 2001, you sign in on the ground floor and then take the lift up to the 17th floor...

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  • 3. Historical Sites

    Some people say that constructing new buildings at or near the Jackson Ward area is a sacrilege and it encroaches on the neighbourhood. The best option is to revitalise old delapidated buildings with...

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  • 4. Azalea Mall

    Azalea Mall was Richmond's first enclosed shopping centre when it opened in Richmond's Northside in 1963. In its heyday, it was anchored by Woolco, Thalhimer's, and Woolworth's. There was also a Food...

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  • 5. Statues & Monuments

    One of the most interesting facts that I learned during my tour of the Virginia Capital building is that Virginia has the largest number of Presidents of the United States! George Washington Thomas...

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  • 6. Closed down restaurants

    Restaurant Name: Brasilian Cafe (closed: late 2005) Ironically enough, this short-lived Brazilian restaurant was located cattywampus from the J.E.B. Stuart statue on Monument Avenue. Maciek, Urszula,...

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  • 7. personal memories

    Sadly, Andy couldn't stay with us all day for the grand tour because of a long honey-do list (for those on the Left Bank, that's a long list of small errands wives or girlfriends give their husbands.)...

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  • 8. Rite of passage every four years

    Every four years in Virginia, a new governor takes office. As of January, 2010, Virginia is the last state in the union not to allow governors to immediately succeed themselves. The only governor to...

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  • 9. Famous Foods of Virginia Cookies

    This is one Richmond institution that stubbornly hangs on in the ashes of Miller & Rhoads, Thalhimer's, Azalea Mall, and Sixth Street Marketplace. Since 1899, the sweet smells of the Famous Foods of...

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  • 10. Capitol Extension

    From late 2004 through to spring 2007, Capitol Square underwent a massive renovation. That's why I couldn't take some of y'all on a Capitol tour when you came to Richmond. Visitors used to enter the...

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  • 11. Richmond Flood Wall

    The Richmond Flood Wall serves as a protective concrete wall against a sizeable flood. The flood wall is 15-25 feet (4.6-7.6 m.) tall. The Flood Wall has two overlooks on the Southside and several...

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  • 12. Sixth Street Marketplace

    Built in 1985, Sixth Street Marketplace was an enclosed 3-level shopping centre spanning 3 city blocks. There were several kiosks and shops including a food court. Connects the Carpenter Centre, the...

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  • 13. Cloverleaf Mall

    In its heyday (from the 1970s through to the late 1990s), there were 78 stores including 3 anchor department stores, a movie house, and a whole bunch of specialty and clothing stores. The downfall...

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  • 14. Jackson Ward

    Known as the Harlem of the South, Jackson Ward is known for its strong black heritage and culture. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, allowing for generous tax credits for people...

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  • 15. Easter Parade

    This is not the kind of parade where you have some guy dressed like the Easter bunny riding a float with an off-key high school band in tow. At this party, it's the folks who make the parade. The...

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  • 16. Surprisingly international cuisine

    Richmond is most well-known for its monuments to Confederate heroes, being the national capital of the Confederacy, its park-like Capitol Square, the architecture of many old buildings, and its sense...

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  • 17. Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer's

    Folks, I'm not real big on shopping, but Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer's were real downtown Richmond institutions. I can remember when I was real young, in the days before there was a Taco Bell on...

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  • 18. Old CNB building

    At one time, the old CNB building was the tallest building in the city until the Federal Reserve building and the Monroe building were built. The thing that made the Central National Bank building...

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  • 19. Art on Display

    To be fair, Oregon Hill isn't the only place in Richmond to find murals. There are plenty near the VCU campus, for example, but these two on the edges of Oregon Hill really stand out. The first one is...

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  • 20. Get a National Park Service Passport

    These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The...

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  • 21. C.F. Sauer's

    While every old Richmond institution seems to be going by the wayside: even FFV Cookies is moving to a different part of the state, the Sauer's plant still remains at 2000 West Broad Street where it...

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  • 22. Virginia's Ultimate Honour Roll

    One of my favourite things about Richmond is how they chose to honour Richmond's war dead. Many war memorials of all shapes and sizes have the names of heroes engraved in stone. It is ingenious how...

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  • 23. Mounted Police

    Richmond is one of very few American cities that still has a mounted police unit. Oftentimes, they assign mounted police to cover large gatherings. Lee, Christian, and I saw two officers on horseback...

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  • 24. Stately Homes

    I was quite taken with the brickwork in Richmond. To me, there is nothing more pleasing to my eye (housewise) than a brick home. Entire neighborhoods are comprised of brick homes it reminded me of...

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  • 25. Markel building

    This isn't really a fondest memory, folks, but just something that sticks out like a watermelon in a bowlful of chickpeas. I'm not a devotee of architecture, sport fans, but I know an ugly building...

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