180° River View Advocates pepper Church Hill with flyers

The group is protesting the construction of a sixteen-story condo in Historic Tobacco Row.

The 180° River View Advocates have been distributing flyers recently, decrying the construction of a new condominium complex, which they claim will destroy the 180 degree view of the James from Libby Hill Park.

You can find a .pdf of the flyer here. You can also find the organization’s petition here.

According to the flyer:

This proposed 16 story condo would tower in front of Libby Hill Park and be incompatible with Historic Tobacco Row…It’s everyone’s view – not just a few. Protect the Libby Hill Park historical view.

180RVA Mock Up

The flyer goes on to outline five reasons why the project is a bad idea. The 180° River View Advocates say that it sets the wrong precedent, it’s size is inappropriate, it negatively affects the overall view, the zoning was not intended for buildings of this height, and it ignores both the Downtown Master Plan and the Riverfront Plan.

On their website, the Advocates make it clear why they are so passionate about this issue:

…we need support in the form of signatures to petition the building of towers that would obstruct the view that allowed our city to exist/to be. The 180 degree view is something that we can still appreciate as much as our ancestors did. What you see, they saw. Without the view, the most intimate connection we have with our city will be severed, and that is why Richmond City Council in 1851 purchased Libby Hill Park for its citizens.

Last week, the Richmond Planning Commission approved the plan in a 6-2 vote. Tonight, the City Council voted to carry over the issue until the meeting on May 27.


Mock-up photo and logo courtesy of: 180° River View Advocates

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  1. Alix B. on said:

    They are voting tonight to continue this until 5/27.

  2. Marco on said:

    The city bought that park for a reason! Don’t let them do to Libby hill what they did to Oregon hill..

  3. Thomas on said:

    @Marco? What? What did they do on Oregon Hill. It’s EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT’S BEEN FOR DECADES AND DECADES. It’s not as if we built skyscrapers there.

    Some of you people are delusional. Perhaps you’re already aware there’s a MUCH more “unsightly” grain silo or whatever “staining” the view of the river. But no one seems to have any complaints about that. So why complain about this building?

  4. joe on said:

    The Oregon hill nimby association did more to Oregon hill than anyone. Zoning a inner city neighborhood single family is wrong for so many reasons. OH has been turned into a suburb by nimbys. If they wanted to live in a suburb why didn’t they move to the suburbs. Or theres the geniuses that move right NEXT to VCU and complain about students. I guess they couldn’t find church hill or manchester. NIMBYS are one of the biggest problems in Richmond.

  5. Mr Bologna Face on said:

    I’ve got a complaint about VCU – they’re clearly not giving these dumbasses any kind of education. These people can’t even think clearly. Why not build a structure that fits the neighborhood and doesn’t violate anyone else’s experience of the park? Maybe the developer makes a little less money, but our goal isn’t to maximize profit for one of the mayor’s allies, it’s to run a city for everyone. If the developer can’t do that, don’t build it. One tacky high rise is not a benefit to the city in any way.

  6. Scott on said:

    joe, Oregon Hill is a historic neighborhood, recognized as a state and national historic district for its single family residences. Why would the Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association let developers or VCU destroy that?
    Many of the ‘geniuses’ have lived there for decades, with some of their families having lived there for generations, long before VCU exploded in population and long before students started moving into the neighborhood.
    If it’s NIMBY to defend your neighborhood from inappropriate development, then go ahead and declare us all NIMBY. You reveal your own ignorance and stupidity by doing so.

  7. Don O'Keefe on said:

    I support this building. I believe that it will improve the neighborhood and the view and make Richmond a more sustainable and urban place.

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