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Old May 9th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #41
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Will be there in a matter of weeks for an art course. Can anyone recomend any art like places (mueseums) and any great night spots?
Mpol, check out these two nightlife venues when your're in Richmond.

http://www.thenationalva.com

http://www.hatfactoryva.com

also, outdoor concert venues during summer months:

http://www.fridaysatsunset.com

http://www.venturerichmond.com (for info on Friday Cheers.)

http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com

http://www.groovininthegarden.net

If you're in town for art courses, it's a given you'll be in the VCU area. There are lots of bars and clubs within a mile of the university.

The Fan District (especially along West Main, Lombardy and Robinson Streets.)

Carytown.

Shockoe Slip.

Shockoe Bottom.

The Gallery District on West Broad between 1st and Belvidere Streets has some good restaurants and bars plus The Empire Theatre.

Have fun.

And, as Spencer advises, be SURE to check out the newly re-opened VMFA. Every Thursday night they have a great party thing called Jumpin.

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Wonderful. THANKYOU guys. I don't know how much time I will get to see the place whilst the course kicks into gear (it's quite intense) but I will get there a few days before hand. Thanks again.

And I have heard in the past, crime is a big issue in Richmond, is this still the case? I understand it has gotten better.

And as of now, my bus arrives at 4am in the morning. I may need to change this as I don't know what would be open then, accommodation wise! Something cheap and 24/7ish.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #43
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Wonderful. THANKYOU guys. I don't know how much time I will get to see the place whilst the course kicks into gear (it's quite intense) but I will get there a few days before hand. Thanks again.

And I have heard in the past, crime is a big issue in Richmond, is this still the case? I understand it has gotten better.

And as of now, my bus arrives at 4am in the morning. I may need to change this as I don't know what would be open then, accommodation wise! Something cheap and 24/7ish.
Okay I'm a country bumpkin that looks like someone outta the Andy Griffith show, and I have never felt unsafe. Out of multiple visits I have felt unsafe only once in the Jackson Ward area, but that was my fault for getting lost. I just got back about 2 days ago, and am uploading my pics as we speak.

As for accommodations, I stay at the Red Roof Inn along I-95 South near the Marlboro plant ( no one laugh at me). It only costs 50 a night, you're close to the city and in a safe area, and it is surprisingly very very clean and has free wi-fi, etc.

I hope that helps you some : ).
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Old May 15th, 2010, 05:58 PM   #44
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Very much, thanks mate. Sounds likea great city (or is it a large town... the place has 1.2Mill in the Metro area, much like the city I come from, Adelaide.)
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Old May 15th, 2010, 09:13 PM   #45
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Wonderful. THANKYOU guys. I don't know how much time I will get to see the place whilst the course kicks into gear (it's quite intense) but I will get there a few days before hand. Thanks again.

And I have heard in the past, crime is a big issue in Richmond, is this still the case? I understand it has gotten better.

And as of now, my bus arrives at 4am in the morning. I may need to change this as I don't know what would be open then, accommodation wise! Something cheap and 24/7ish.
Mpol, if you are arriving by bus it is obvious you will not have a car, so you'll want to stay as near as possible to wherever you're taking classes. I advise you to revise your bus arrival since 4AM would require you to pay extra at a hotel (check-in hours are usually 3PM.)

It would be wise to contact the university (or wherever) and inquire about nearby housing.

Assuming your course work will be at Virginia Commonwealth University, here are three hotels within proximity which might serve until you can find less expensive housing:

HOLIDAY INN CENTRAL - Richmond, Va. (about 3 blocks north of the bus station and about a mile to VCU. Slow public transit (bus) is available.
3207 North Boulevard
Telephone: 804/359-9441
http://www.holidayinn.com
Rate for single - $79.95 and up (add 12% tax.)

DOUBLETREE HOTEL DOWNTOWN RICHMOND (about 6 blocks to VCU -- an easy walk.)
301 West Franklin Street
Telephone: 804/644-9871
http://www.Doubletree.com
Rate: Pretty expensive -- above $150 + taxes

LINDEN ROW INN (Charming and historic inn, about 10 blocks from VCU, easy walk.
100 East Franklin Street
Telephone: 804/783-7000
http://www.lindenrowinn.com
Rate: Single garden room $99.00 + taxes.

The crime rate in Richmond is relatively low and comparable to cities of similar size (200,000 within the city limits and 1.2 million in the entire Metro area. But as in all urban centers, caution is advised.

Welcome to Richmond.

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Old May 15th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #46
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Very much, thanks mate. Sounds likea great city (or is it a large town... the place has 1.2Mill in the Metro area, much like the city I come from, Adelaide.)
Richmond is by no means a large town. Richmond is slightly on the bigger side of midsize cities. My city, Roanoke, is on the other side of the state, and it's clearly more "city" than "town" - they say Roanoke is the biggest small town in America, but I disagree. Roanoke is the smallest big city in America - we have our own little tiny bits of urban decay and mild ghettoness, our own little tiny urban freeway with little tiny traffic headaches, our own little tiny skyscrapers, our own little tiny mountain within the city, our own little tiny river, our own little tiny hardass police department.

So if Roanoke, at 250,000 in the total metro area, is not a town but a small city, Richmond is clearly a city, not a town.
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Old May 15th, 2010, 10:17 PM   #47
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Richmond is by no means a large town. Richmond is slightly on the bigger side of midsize cities. My city, Roanoke, is on the other side of the state, and it's clearly more "city" than "town" - they say Roanoke is the biggest small town in America, but I disagree. Roanoke is the smallest big city in America - we have our own little tiny bits of urban decay and mild ghettoness, our own little tiny urban freeway with little tiny traffic headaches, our own little tiny skyscrapers, our own little tiny mountain within the city, our own little tiny river, our own little tiny hardass police department.

So if Roanoke, at 250,000 in the total metro area, is not a town but a small city, Richmond is clearly a city, not a town.
Haha I walked up Mill Mountain at around 2:00 am after it was closed, and I have to disagree with you...thats one BIG mountain lol.
But seriously, Roanoke is blessed with natural beauty. It's pretty much perfectly surrounded by large mountains, and set within a perfect valley. Not many cities can claim to have an individual mountain within the city limits lol.

And you're def. right, Richmond is wholeheartedly a city.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #48
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Oh sorry guys I wasn't sure which to say so I said both.

Thanks Burt. I have already booked the hotel. They did say 4am check in is fine and it is very close to my adacemy, however there will be accommodation provided to us for that. All good, I hope. Cabs are flying around all the time I guess? I could book one from Grey Hound I think.

The hotel sounded like it was open 24/7. I am willing to pay that little bit extra for coming in so late, as I just want to get into the city and crash. Thanks man I appreciate the help and links. I'll be stayin at the Massat House. Heard any good/bad about that? It's suppose to be right near the central strip in Richmond.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #49
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Oh sorry guys I wasn't sure which to say so I said both.

Thanks Burt. I have already booked the hotel. They did say 4am check in is fine and it is very close to my adacemy, however there will be accommodation provided to us for that. All good, I hope. Cabs are flying around all the time I guess? I could book one from Grey Hound I think.

The hotel sounded like it was open 24/7. I am willing to pay that little bit extra for coming in so late, as I just want to get into the city and crash. Thanks man I appreciate the help and links. I'll be stayin at the Massat House. Heard any good/bad about that? It's suppose to be right near the central strip in Richmond.
MASSAD HOUSE is a converted 3-story apartment building on N. 4th Street between East Main and East Franklin Streets -- about 3 blocks further along from Linden Row Inn and a nice stroll to VCU (if that is your "academy") but don't expect glamour -- just basic comforts.

Richmond is not a city where one hails taxis. You'll definitely need one for transport from Greyhound to MASSAD HOUSE (about two miles) and if a cab is not standing by, ask an attendant to phone for one.

You're going to find Richmond a considerably "dicier" city than Adelaide, but it has a wonderful art scene. I'm glad to hear the school is providing accommodations after your night or two downtown.

Richmond is a hilly city and the more attractive and active parts of city center are down slope of the State Capitol (at 9th and East Grace Streets.)

The downtown north/south streets are sequentially numbered. Foushee Street is the deviding line between east and west, while Main Street divides north and south. Broad Street is the central east/west strip, and downhill from it, running east/west, are Grace, Franklin, Main, Cary, Canal, the Downtown Expressway, Byrd Street and the James River.

If you stroll south down 5th Street from your hotel (on 4th) to the river there is a wonderful museum in the ruins of Tredegar Iron Works dedicated to Richmond's days as Capital of the Confederacy. Across from it is Brown's Island with a jetty extending over a portion of the James River affording great views.

The financial district is down hill from the State Capitol (Capital Square), mostly along East Main and East Cary Streets between 9th and 14th Streets and includes the quaint Shockoe Slip district.

Check out JRQ's thread in this forum titled "My latest expedition" for lots of downtown pictures.

Ciao, mate. Enjoy your visit.

And here's a neat photo of a portion of VCU's campus -- if that is going to be your academy, Mpol.

http://www.rvanews.com/entertainment.../go-rams/13379

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Haha I walked up Mill Mountain at around 2:00 am after it was closed, and I have to disagree with you...thats one BIG mountain lol.
But seriously, Roanoke is blessed with natural beauty. It's pretty much perfectly surrounded by large mountains, and set within a perfect valley. Not many cities can claim to have an individual mountain within the city limits lol.

And you're def. right, Richmond is wholeheartedly a city.
Hey, I never said Roanoke was ugly.

...But I'm a hiker. I know big mountains, and Mill Mountain is not one.
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Burt, you've been incredibly helpful THANKYOU!

That image of campus looks awesome. The Academy will be held at Rockets Landing, or something to that affect, just near the city.

When you say dicier haha what exactly do you mean? I understand Richmond has had issues with crime but I thought that was in the past (jeez I must come off as really naive!)
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Hey, I never said Roanoke was ugly.

...But I'm a hiker. I know big mountains, and Mill Mountain is not one.
I live in a county with one of the highest mountains in Virginia, so yes I understand this.

When walking in a tuxedo, and your girlfriend in a dress and high heels, AND, in pitch-black darkness, it seems very, very long lol.
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Burt, you've been incredibly helpful THANKYOU!

That image of campus looks awesome. The Academy will be held at Rockets Landing, or something to that affect, just near the city.

When you say dicier haha what exactly do you mean? I understand Richmond has had issues with crime but I thought that was in the past (jeez I must come off as really naive!)
Glad to be of help, Mpol.

Your academy is called The Art Department and moves into a building at Rocketts Landing called 210 Rock on May 31st.

Here's a blog about the development, but don't be deceived by all the hype in the promotional video. Like most developments this one has been delayed by the economy and is far from the grandiose, fully developed community depicted in renderings. However, what has been constructed and occupied thus far is really quite nice.

http://www.rockettsvillage.com/about-us.asp

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Yes The Art Department is set to sweet the US with its art pods around the country being available to all budding artists. Studio space, work shops, the lot. Amazing that one of the original will be in Richmond VA.

The school will be at Rocketts, with the housing being situated GCI (?). Not too far from it I dont think.I love that the future development may look like a throw back to years gone by. I hope it can be completed. Looks wonderful.
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Well and truley back from my trip now.

10 weeks in the US, 6 of them in Richmond (four of those doing my art course.) We stayed two weeks afterward because this city is a true gem. The college and art scene is incredible. The people are very friendly and wonderfuly inviting. Made some life long mates that's for sure.
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Awesome! Glad to learn that experience was a good one!
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And I live here now, finally!!!! lol. I agree with Mpol, and I'm very happy I am now a Richmond resident.
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JRQ, you should change the Richmond population (part of your signature) to 200,001 now that you live here!
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Well and truley back from my trip now.

10 weeks in the US, 6 of them in Richmond (four of those doing my art course.) We stayed two weeks afterward because this city is a true gem. The college and art scene is incredible. The people are very friendly and wonderfuly inviting. Made some life long mates that's for sure.
Mpol, I thought of you when I read this:

http://riverdistrictnews.com/2010/09...hockoe-bottom/

It says that artists "as far away as Australia" participated. Were you involved?

Also, I think you'll find this story quite interesting:

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/entert...a29-ar-530729/

Click on "Related Links" and "Related Content." After Richmond, the Picasso show moves to San Francisco and then to SYDNEY!

Tonight's First Friday Art Walk in the Gallery District:

http://www2.richmond.com/content/201...first-fridays/

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First Friday! A true revelation. Richmond BRANG it each Friday night. Then onto Impenema! And Sticky Rice! <3 Wonderful bar city. Loved the Fan.

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