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Old 02-20-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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I have never been to Richmond and am curious about it? I am planning a trip sometime in the spring and am considering relocating from a liberal Northeast (primarily to live in a more moderate climate) city to the mid Atlantic region.

I am wondering how bikable/walkable Richmond is? Is it really spread out or does it have concentrated city center? Also, how would you describe the creative culture of the city? Uniqueness of the restaurants/bars? Are there community gardens? Dog parks? And where would be the best place to live in order to access these places conveniently. I think from my research I would be interested in living in the Fan district, is it easy to get around or can you recommend somewhere else?

Thank you.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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No. Richmond is extremely spread out.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Richmond's suburbs are not bike/walk friendly. However, several of Richmond urban neighborhoods are very friendly in this regard:

This could be a good resource for you: Get Your Walk Score - A Walkability Score For Any Address

As far as bike friendly... I think Richmond has a long way to go compared to places like the northwest. There aren't very many bike lanes and it seems many drivers don't like sharing the road.

Where I live, I'm just a few blocks from Carytown, a few blocks from the grocery store, a butcher shop, multiple florists, schools, museums, shops, parks, etc etc. The James River Park System is also great for exploration on foot or by bike.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:01 AM
 
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Yes it is ! I live in The Fan and most everything is accesible by bike. Its a very nice city to ride in. I have ridden to Belle Isle when I had a mountain bike too. I have a fixed gear now.



Richmond is great for commuting by bike. Grove Ave is the best thoroughfare to travel on bikes.

Richmond has lots of art galleries, museums , live music, and events that make it very nice for creative people. I am a songwriter myself. Richmond has lots of Southern charm you wont find in most places today in the South. Its more like the Old South. Its great!
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I also intended to mention that there are dog parks, as well as community "tricycle" gardens.

Tricycle Gardens, Richmond VA
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I am a songwriter myself.
I saw your testimony/Was that you playing the keyboard? You're pretty good.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I saw your testimony/Was that you playing the keyboard? You're pretty good.
Why, yes it is.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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The suburbs of Richmond are not very bike friendly but the city is bike friendly...neighborhood markets, coffee shops, etc.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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No Richmond is not bike friendly, as a matter of fact Virginia is not bike friendly...nor is it liberal.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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No Richmond is not bike friendly, as a matter of fact Virginia is not bike friendly...nor is it liberal.
Its getting more liberal than it used to be...
Richmond is very bike friendly. So is Colonial Williamsburg
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