Thursday, October 28, 2010

Highland Park / Barton Heights Bicycle Tour

On June 26, 2010, I rode with other bicyclists in a couple of neighborhoods located in Richmond, Virginia's Northside.

Here is the video I filmed during our ride.

Highland Park/Barton Heights Bicycle Tour - June 26, 2010 - Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.

The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods organized the bicycle tour through Highland Park and Barton Heights.

There were nine stops on the tour. Our guides were Giles Harnsberger and Lane Pearson from Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods, also assisted by Tyler Potterfield [Preservationist Planner for the City of Richmond] during our stop at Holy Cross Cemetery.

At each stop of the tour, someone would tell us the significance of what we were looking at. The story of Highland Park and Barton Heights is the story of land developers who created amenities like public parks and rail transportation, and fueled the appetite for single family home ownership.

It is also the story of white flight in the 1960s and 70s from the city to the counties' suburbs.

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