Broad Street Station

The color-tinted postcard above is from VCU’s Rarely Seen Richmond Collection, which includes over 600 scans of old postcards. Click here to visit VCU’s postcard collection.
The first train pulled out of Broad Street Station at 1:07 p.m. on January 6, 1919. Designed by John Russell Pope, what was originally known as New Union Station was […]

Gary Gerloff dead

Gary Gerloff performing on Monument Avenue, Easter 2006
Via blog posts and Facebook friends who are musicians comes news that Gary Gerloff died on Saturday.
Gary was a well-known vocalist/guitarist in the region. Worked with many well-respected musicians during his  long career as a troubadour. And, he was a friend.
Last saw Gary at a VCU basketball game; […]

Sunlight into bonds ownership

At Save Richmond, there’s a post that reacts to an article about shortfalls and City-backed bonds in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. The story of the Broad Street Community Development Authority’s inability to live up to expectations stands as fair warning to those wondering about whether Richmond ought to back bonds to build a baseball stadium in […]

At Maymont

July is jumpin’ at Maymont! Don’t miss your chance to name our bald eagle, explore American Girl Samantha’s World, and discover who’s awake on a family night hike. Visit our media room for more information on all the great programs showcasing Maymont’s History, Habitats and Horticulture this July.
Name the Bald Eagle
Help choose a name for Maymont’s female […]

Mr. Baseball’s bull…

Over the course of the last six months, since the push to build a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom came back into the picture, I have criticized the concept roundly. And, I have suggested that some of the supporters of the Shockoe Bottom Center that Highwood Properties has proposed don’t know much about baseball.
But most […]

Referendum is the answer

The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Public Square program on Tuesday night was on where to play professional baseball in Richmond. Today, what was said at that forum still has tongues wagging. Proponents of the Highwoods Properties/Richmond Baseball Club plan to build a baseball stadium said that their opposition was made up of mostly old people who are […]

Stadium pitchmen unconvincing

On Tuesday, like 200-or-so others, I went down to the Richmond Times-Dispatch to attend the Public Square forum. I was impressed with how smoothly the two hours of back and forth went. “Debating the resolution: Shockoe Bottom is the best place for a new ballpark” was the forum’s topic.
Now a piece I penned on how […]

CenterStage needs sunlight

With CenterStage set to open in September there are still lots of questions about how it will operate and why. Unfortunately, answers are sometimes in short supply. It’s no easy task even finding out who owns what.
For the second installment I’ve written on the tortured relationship between the City of Richmond and the entertainment industry […]

At The Diamond: VCU 7, ODU 6

Anybody who had any question about the future of the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball program had answers revealed to them on Saturday afternoon at The Diamond.
Freshmen Seth Cutler-Voltz and Brent Mikionis played huge roles in a exciting 7-6 Rams victory over the Monarchs of Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association action.
“It’s nice to get back […]

Toledo shaved points in 2006 against VCU?

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the point-shaving scandal at the University of Toledo may involve a 2006 game played in the Virgin Islands in which the Rockets opponent was VCU. In this game played on Nov. 20, 2006, the Rockets defeated the Rams 60-59.
The [Toledo] players are accused of taking part in the alleged scheme […]