According to the US Census Bureau, over 200,000 people would…that's who! The estimated population within the Richmond city limits for 2007 is 200,123. (source: Michael Paul Williams' column in this morning's RTD)
That's big news considering that the numbers had been on a downward trend for quite some time, and the last time it was above 200,000 was more than a decade ago.
There is certainly a movement of urban living, and we are seeing that not only in the movement back to Richmond City but also in the mixed-use developments popping up in the surrounding counties (i.e., West Broad Village). The rise in gas prices and environmental concerns are only helping to fuel the movement back to more urban-style lifestyles.
There is a website, Walk Score, that I came across some time ago that jumped to mind when I was thinking about how people are trending towards more walkable lifestyles. I ran a few addresses through their system to get the Walk Score. The first one is our office in the Museum District, the others are houses or apartments that we manage (and that are currently available for rent).
- Bandazian & Holden office, 604 North Sheppard Street — Walk Score 78 out of 100
- 1809 Lakeview Avenue (near Byrd Park/Hollywood Cemetary/VCU) — Walk Score 65
- 16 N 18th Street #3 (Shockoe Bottom) — Walk Score 86
- 2002 Cedar Street (Church Hill) — Walk Score 78
For years people have loved to live in the city for all the conveniences of walking to their favorite bars and restaurants, and the ability to stroll over to festivals in the warmer months. Now, it seems as though the numbers are supporting the anecdotes. What are your favorite reasons for living in the city? What is the Walk Score for your neighborhood?