The Bottom. The Triple Crossing has national fame in some circles as the only place in North America where three major railways cross over, which is also the inspiration for a new brewery. (I saw two trains parked there a couple months ago but didn’t have time to wait for the third.)
There is a beautiful tangle of interstate over narrow winding backstreets and cobblestone alleys. Roads that cut into and out of and over the winding floodwall. Even the canal crosses over shockoe creek twice, never mixing until they each meet the nearby James river. But it goes deeper than that.
Historically, this was the highest navigable point, where civilization met with wilderness, and collided with the Powhatan empire. It is the western border of the original city of Richmond, and the eastern border of the modern downtown. Canals for tobacco, dusty streets for slaves, and now rails for coal. What will be the next big, destructive trade?
Culturally, the old metal and punk scenes of Shockoe Bottom are up against the old money establishments in Shockoe Slip, and both embedded with college-crowd clubs. Food, music, and beer from the best each stir our bodies and souls.
Bikes, cars, and pedestrians continue to wrestle for access to the streets, while developers, residents, and city planners fight for the future. Artists and architects and civil engineers leave their mark. Sculptures and murals and monuments are everywhere.
Locally known as the Flood Zone, this is where the forces of man collide with both the beauty and the wrath of the James River. Blue Herons make their nest as we prepare for the next deluge. The Bottom is a crossroads. Always has been, always will be.
De most már úgy fest,
Hogy semmiképpen sem árva,
A félelem csak őt várja.
És táncba hívja,
Szürke tangó a vágyba.
És meghalnak az ágyban.
Learning Hungarian through the RVA tag. Thanks wiktionary! Árva means orphan.
They tell us history started with slavery and ended with civil rights. I tell them my history started with the ancient African queens and kings and lives on forever. Never forget.
Civil rights exhibit at the VMFA.
Right. 67 and sunny, with a strong chance of blizzard. Don’t be fooled, every winter in Richmond is like this.
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