Last month, I attended and live tweeted the Valentine's Controversy/History Series about Job Creation and Immigration. To understand a little more about what this event series is about, I encourage you to read my previous post after speaking with Bill Martin, Director of The Valentine. What I found to be most interesting about the event is they used live polling to survey the room for demographics and beliefs on different immigration questions. The discussion started with a historical perspective on Italian immigration in the Richmond region and ultimately moved to draw present-day correlations to Latino immigration to the Richmond region. There is actually an exhibit at The Valentine until April 15th called "Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond" with a lot of information about the positive impacts of immigration to the Richmond Region.
On February 6th from 6PM-8PM please join us at The Valentine for the next part of the Controversy/History series called Coordination Transportation: The Interstate Highway System. First they will set the stage with a history of transportation in Richmond which, learning more about this sick 1888 trolley should be enough reason to join us.
The discussion will take audience members on a journey through time from electric streetcars to the interstate highway system to the present... with the GRTC Pulse. Kelli Lemon and Bill Martin will present information on trolley segregation and the interstate highway system that led to the displacement of over 1,000 black residents. Phil Riggan from Richmond Regional Transportation Planning will have a presentation where he will discuss the equity concerns with various modes of modern public transportation in Richmond including buses, bikes, and The Pulse. After delving into the history and modern information, there will be small group breakout sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their point of view on the transportation debate. The great transportation debate is not a new one in Richmond but we must learn about our city's past so we can build a brighter future.
We look forward to seeing you all there and on Twitter for the live tweeting fun!