Richmond is featured in this month’s American Way, the magazine for American Airlines.
Richmond’s wartime past and recovery will be remembered in 2011 during the yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but for visitors, the city’s cultural rebound is just as striking. Richmond’s recent battles have been with the kind of identity crises facing a lot of midsize U.S. cities. The challenges: How do you get people — visitors and residents alike — to come back to the city center? How do you build a thriving economy after flagship corporations (such as Circuit City) leave or fold? Richmond is answering those questions not with one answer but with a hundred little answers, a particularly beguiling mix of DIY entrepreneurial spirit, historical pride and hipsterism.