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#TBT: When Richmond looked forward to James River development

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Richmond and the James River (circa May 1995)

Richmond and the James River (circa May 1995)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Head down to the James River this weekend and you will find plenty of places to eat, drink and socialize. In addition to restaurants like Casa Del Barco and F.W. Sullivan’s and clubs like Off The Hookah, there is also a 1.25 mile canal walk perfect for running or walking.

But it was not always like that.

Richmond and the James River (circa May 1995)

Richmond and the James River (circa May 1995)

Twenty years ago, Richmonders were getting exciting about potential development opportunities along the James River.

“By the turn of the century [the year 2000] you will see new life bustling in downtown Richmond,” a story produced by WTVR CBS 6 News opened in May 1995.

“I think downtown needs it,” one woman remarked. “We no longer have Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer’s.”

Richmond and the James River (circa May 1995)

Richmond and the James River (circa May 1995)

Do you remember downtown Richmond BEFORE development along the James River? Do you think the city has done a good job creating a place to eat, shop and visit near the James? What would YOU do if you called the shots?

Click here to email us your Throwback Thursday thoughts on James River development. Or you can click here to share you opinion on the WTVR CBS 6 News Facebook page.

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