David Napier

200 more apartments coming to Shockoe Bottom

The project had been in the planning and financing stages for about three years, but the development company just closed on the property about two weeks ago.

Shockoe businesses sue city for $31 million

Time has not healed all wounds. Within weeks of the five-year anniversary of a flood that ruined dozens of businesses in Shockoe Bottom, several businesses filed a lawsuit against the City of Richmond.

Monday Q&A: Frustration floods Shockoe

Sometimes good things don’t come to those who wait. David Napier, president of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association, and his fellow business merchants are questioning why Richmond will not be getting a baseball stadium and more than $300 million in development to potentially help rocket the area into a thriving hub of commerce.

Asking for change in response to panhandling

Local businesses, in particular retailers, say panhandlers scare off customers, even if there is no threat to safety. And a growing homeless population can also be a blemish for economic developers trying to show off the region. To combat the problem, the nonprofit group Homeward launched a three-month campaign Monday to remind residents that handing over spare change might not be the best way to help.