ArchitectureRichmond takes a look at West Avenue:
In the northeastern corner of Richmond’s Fan District lies the incomparable West Avenue. At three blocks long, the street dead ends to the west on Lombardy near Stuart Circle, the grand terminus of Monument Avenue. To the east it meets Harrison Street, the vital corridor of the Lower Fan and of VCU. The high density in the area allows for many retail and restaurant establishments as well as a grocery store within easy walking distance. At the same time, the short one way street attracts little traffic, making it a quiet and intimate residential oasis. Despite all of the physical differences that help make West Avenue what is, it is the people and the culture of the street that truly defines it.