Editor’s note: Our April 23 Public Square brought out the best from the Richmond region. About 16 people made presentations on ways to make our area even more attractive to tourists. Below, we share some of the highlights.
Christopher Maxwell, Richmond: The next big project is a hostel, to bring people from all over the world to visit Richmond. To share what Richmond has to offer. We all know how great Richmond is. Now, we want to show off the amazing James River Park, the Poe Museum. … One of the things I’d like to do that’s a little bit of an extra twist to all the other hundreds of hostels out there, is to build a radio studio into the hostel, so that people from all over the world, if they do spoken-word poetry, singing, they play an instrument, they can tell us ahead of time, and we’ll tell our people in Richmond who want to be part of such a list-serve that, “Hey, so-and-so’s coming from Brazil or Japan or Russia or New Zealand or whatever it is. And they play this instrument, or they sing, and they would love to jam with Richmonders. So, show up on this evening at so-and-so time.” We’ll have a ring of microphones built into the ceiling, so that there’s no setup time. There’s no cords to trip over. It’s all about spontaneity and making it really easy and quick to just have fun. … We’ll put that on the air and on the Internet.