Shockoe community launches own website

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Shockoe Bottom has a new way to get connected. Area business owners have created their own website where you can go to spread ideas, experiences, even complaints.

The classic views and iconic cobble of the Shockoe Slip already draw crowds, but how can Shockoe move forward? It's a question the Slip, the Bottom and even Tobacco Row can now ask and answer online.

"The whole idea behind it is to share information there's a lot of expertise in the people that visit here spend their leisure time here work here and live here," said James McCarthy with the Shockoe Partnership.

The Shockoe Partnership with help from the Martin Agency and Venture Richmond has launched this new interactive website.

"It's been a great response so far. We've had a lot of new users sign up we've had a lot of people get really curious about it," said Eric Hanson who helped create the website.

It's a place to harness the ideas of the community on how to beautify the area or even fix roads. You sign up and share your ideas on improving what's working and what's not.

"Instead of walking by and saying I'd really wish they'd do something about that. You can be a part of saying what should we do about that and how can we make it better," Shockoe Partnership Board Member Katie Gilstrap said.

A post on the site about fading pavement markings at 14th and Main is already getting attention. The city plans to repaint them this month.

The site is designed to harness the ideas of not just the businesses, but the shoppers, diners, coffee drinkers...the people who live here.

"We really want everyone to contribute so that we have a sense how to make it better, so that when folks come back it's even better than the last time they were here," Gilstrap said.

Up and running less than a week, the response has been so big, other neighborhoods in the city, not just Shockoe, are already asking can we create a website like this as well.

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