Transportation Today and Tomorrow: Envisioning a Greater Richmond
September 1, 2016 — January 13, 2017
Transportation is central to life. It is how people access employment, connect with resources such as grocery stores and hospitals, and return home to their families at the end of the day.
Richmond was once a shining example of transportation done right. We had the world’s first successful electric streetcar system, and our streets were accessible for multiple modes of transportation. Today, many of the Richmond region’s streets are packed with cars, often occupied by just a single passenger. Pedestrians and cyclists have a hard time navigating dangerous crossings. And while a public bus system is in place in the city, there are few connections to the greater region. We need to transform our transportation system. Although some significant positive steps have been taken in recent years, much more needs to be done.
Transportation Today and Tomorrow: Envisioning a Greater Richmond features the critical insights and hopeful visions of numerous city leaders – people who are doing important work in the realm of transportation – alongside the words and stories of Richmonders who experience the highs and lows of our transit system on a daily basis. These narratives are accompanied by relevant graphs, maps, and photographs.
Featuring portraits by Richmond artist Dean Whitbeck, the exhibition was curated by Emily Onufer, ’17, a Bonner Scholar and Environmental Studies major at the University of Richmond, alongside Alexandra Byrum, UR Downtown Educational Programming Coordinator. Trip Pollard, Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and leader of their Land and Community Program, served as an advisor for the project.
Image: Dean Whitbeck, Max Hepp-Buchanan, 2016