Views of Frank Lloyd Wright’s campus in Lakeland.
Last summer, a trip to Atlanta, testing the gallery photo function of WordPress.
Most mornings, as I pull into an on-street parking space on 19th Street in Shockoe Bottom, I think about diagonal parking.
Why, you ask? Am I that much of a bore?
My office is at 19th and East Franklin. The street where I park is one way, with diagonal parking on one side and parallel on the other. This means that cars officially can park at an angle. A very old sign at the beginning of the block even says “Park 45 degrees.” It reminds me of pictures of old, showing just about every southern Main Street with a row of Model Ts lined up diagonally in front of busy downtown storefronts.
That this block remains is probably an accident of history. Perhaps a traffic engineer had a soft side and couldn’t let it go. Whatever the reason, I am grateful for it.
What makes me worry is that in the city’s downtown plan, 19th Street is scheduled to become a two-way street as part of the Shockoe Bottom Land Use and Development Strategy, which was adopted by City Council in January 2000. To make way for the two-way street, the diagonal parking will have to go. [Read more…] about In Support of On Street Parking
I just found out about the centennial of Little Switzerland, the mountain resort town in North Carolina that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer.
It was founded by my great-grandfather, Supreme Court Justice Heriot Clarkson, and fellow investors as a summertime resort.
I had this photo of the summer congregation of the Church of the Resurrection; it was around 1939 and the Rev. Thomas Clarkson was leading services.
For more information on the centennial, see littleswitzerlandcentennial.com
Behind the secretive plans to turn Richmond’s old dock into a gold mine.
Inside Business, Monday January 22, 2001
Mention Rocketts’ Landing to anyone with financial ties to the Richmond riverfront and chances are you’ll receive a steely response.
To date, investors and developers have treated the Rocketts’ Landing development project more like the famous Manhattan Project than a few acres of run-down flood plain and a couple of old warehouses along the James River.
They may have good reason to be secretive.
A group of investors that includes James S. Ukrop and Bill Abeloff is behind a massive plan to develop Rocketts’ Landing, which stretches along the river east of Tobacco Row on Route 5 from the edge of the city into Henrico County. Those familiar with the plans say the project will include an upscale mix of residential housing, restaurants and retail shops, as well as a marina.
If all goes according to plan, Rocketts’ Landing will become the city’s premier upscale residential community. It will also become the first true waterfront residential development in the city’s history and may help bolster development along Shockoe Bottom’s Tobacco Row and the canal. [Read more…] about Feature: Richmond’s Rockett’s Landing