Ask Church Hill residents if they’re surprised their community made the list, and they would all say no. The Richmond neighborhood has become tight-knit over the last few years, and it is one that continues to grow into the city’s best-kept secret.
From historic buildings to new restaurants, Church Hill’s renaissance has caught the attention of national media.
“It’s a great article,” Church Hill Association President Geoffrey Cooper said of the USA Today piece. “It really confirms what those of us that live there know already.”
The article points out Church Hill as a great example of Richmond’s growing food scene and specifically mentions WPA Bakery. Employee Shola Walker says small businesses, like some of the new restaurants, have really helped Church Hill grow.
“A lot of people are moving into the neighborhood and a lot of businesses are coming,” Walker said. “I think it’s very productive for everyone.”
Church Hill residents admit that their neighborhood has had its issues in the past, including high crime rates. But a lot of work has gone into improving both the look and feel of the area, and some saw the USA Today mention as a bit of a payoff.
“It’s just really gratifying,” said resident Renee Wilder. “It’s like, good deal for all of the work done.”
ABC 8News Reporter Tim Wronka spoke to some Church Hill leaders, who told him it can only be a good thing that the neighborhood they call home made the list.
The other nine cities that made the list are Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, St. Paul and Santa Fe. They are not ranked.
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