Sunday, October 17, 2010

Planners focus on what younger generations want for Richmond

That's the title of an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about what the city is doing to attract young professionals:
As Richmond-area leaders ponder strategic priorities for the region, they are beginning to listen to what younger generations say they want in a place to live, work and play. And the answer is they want outdoor recreation, especially centered on the James River; a lively, unstuffy art and music scene; and an urban environment that's authentic and stylish.

And they're willing to help create it by building trails in James River Park, flocking to art galleries throughout the city every first Friday, or gathering along the riverfront for the three-day Richmond Folk Festival.

The James is central to Chesterfield's riverfront plan, which envisions greenways for biking and hiking along the river, as well as along the Appomattox River in the southern end of the county. "We're looking at some major river corridors," said Mike Golden, director of parks and recreation in Chesterfield.

One unifying objective for the region is creating more opportunities for trails for bicycling, running and hiking. The Virginia Capital Trail is under construction on a 50-mile stretch from Williamsburg to Shockoe Bottom.

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