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From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that "gets" them.
Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking. --Richard Florida, economist and author
In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here,) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.
With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.
City government has aligned itself to a more liberal, open-minded culture of inclusion and exploration. Much like Brooklyn in the late nineties and Silverlake/Echo Park in the early aughties, entire neighborhoods are being overhauled to keep up with the influx of wealthy young professionals with entertainment and fashion needs. Lofts, marinas, from-scratch entertainment districts, clubs, music venues and galleries have been sprouting like weeds, offering the promise of a sustainable population more likely to relocate to New York or Los Angeles in years past. Cultural optimism is at a high and only growing more intense.
Ahhh, spring in Richmond. That brief time when you can go outside without a pea-coat or melting into a heap of sweat and sagging skin. To commemorate the experience, we’re once again bringing you the adventures of them crazy Books On Wheels kids, investigating the suspicious do-goodery of Tricycle Gardens, and telling you where to get your picnic vittles in this month’s Cheap Eats. Then we explore the strange parallels between Illustration and veterinary assistants, This Is How We Do It teaches you how not to get a blowjob, and we raise some hell with Josh Small and Tim Barry. Strangeness with Enon and the unassailable awesomeness of The Silent Music Revival join And Now Beating The Eardrums album reviews to rep good music hard.