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Bike Commuters Eager for Richmond’s New Infrastructure

Across the US, most people get to work using motorized vehicles. But US Census data shows an increasing number are commuting by bike, growing 61% since 2000. Many cities, including Richmond, are working to make the streets more friendly to residents who have incorporated bikes into their everyday lives. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Inside Master Violin Maker Don Leister’s Workshop

At this year’s Richmond Folk Festival, spectators have the chance to hear Tibetan opera, Dominican merengue and Native American hip-hop. Virginia’s rich cultural heritage will also be celebrated, including those continuing the tradition of hand-crafted instruments. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you to the workshop of one of those artisans, violin maker Don Leister.

Beautiful RVA Partnership Seeks to Expand Urban Greening

Cities across the country are realizing the social, environmental and economic benefits of increasing green space. Cost and bureaucracy can hinder these projects, but a new initiative in Richmond seeks to bring together existing resources and empower residents to improve their own neighborhoods. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Richmond Cycling Corps Expands Resources for Inner-City Youth

After months of work, Richmond residents celebrated the opening of a bike park located in Fairfield Court, one of the city’s public housing projects. An initiative of the Richmond Cycling Corps, the trail is the new practice site for the Armstrong High School Cycling Team and a public asset for the larger neighborhood. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Art and Medicine Intersect in Tapia Twins Exhibit

Three years ago, members of the Richmond community came together in advance of a complicated surgery at Children’s Hospital to separate conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic. The unique collaboration is featured in a new exhibit exploring the intersection of medicine and the arts. Virginia Current’s producer Catherine Komp has more.

Urbanna Welcomes Home Historic Mitchell Map

Urbanna, Virginia just welcomed home the Mitchell Map, created more than 250 years ago and depicting a large portion of Eastern North America. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you the story of how this small waterfront town acquired the historic map and the complex process to restore it.

Learn more: Find out about Urbanna's history and the Scottish Factor/Old Tobacco Warehouse where the restored Mitchell Map is now on display.

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