Recreation and Conservation: A Give and Take Relationship

Hop along the rocks at Belle Isle on a warm April day, and you will find a variety of different people taking advantage of all the leisure and recreational activities that the James has to offer. College kids lay out to escape the stresses of exams, families bring their kids to the water after work, Read more about Recreation and Conservation: A Give and Take Relationship[…]

Fluctuating Friendships: Humans and Animals Share Space on the James

When choosing a place to establish roots, humans and other species look for similar qualities in their homes. The earliest settlers chose what is now Richmond because of its prime location along the James, and many animals thrive off of having the riparian zone near as well. In a perfect world where humans harmoniously shared Read more about Fluctuating Friendships: Humans and Animals Share Space on the James[…]

EXPLOITATION AND DESTRUCTION: A Brief History of the James

SPEND A FEW HOURS walking the banks of the James River, as I recently have, and you will easily see the degradation humans have caused. Local college students nonchalantly throw their empties onto the banks, cigarette butts are strewn over rocks, and the water is noticeably polluted in many places. This pattern of disrespecting the river is Read more about EXPLOITATION AND DESTRUCTION: A Brief History of the James[…]

UR AND THE JAMES: A LOVE STORY

THE JAMES RIVER IS A KEY to understanding Richmond, Virginia. It runs through the city and defines Richmond’s identity: It connects us recreationally, commercially, and personally to the natural world. Through the practice of slow journalism, we’ve sought to understand these connections between the city and the river, and to tell the story of the Read more about UR AND THE JAMES: A LOVE STORY[…]

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