Deeds takes a look at Richmond’s green economy

A new solar installation at VCU attracted gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds to take a closer look and meet with Cityspace Solar owners Blue Crump and Justin French.

Hackers bring the pain in Va.

Doctors in Virginia are thinking twice before prescribing pain killers such as morphine and vicodin.

3, 2, 1, Chipotle!

Chipotle fans, start your countdown. The new Chipotle burrito restaurant opens June 11 at Grace and Laurel streets on the VCU campus. This will be the fast-growing chain’s seventh location in the Richmond area. It is the first tenant to open in a strip center built on the site of what was a Pizza Hut…. Read more »

Local universities keep builders building

Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond are spending $155 million on current projects, building dorms, stadiums and research centers. That’s been a blessing for some local construction firms.

Va. regulations chasing payday lenders away

Several payday lenders – such as Check ’n Go and Allied Cash Advance – are leaving Virginia. Advance America, which operates the Cash Advance Centers of Virginia, is on the ropes, too. CNS analyzed the location of the 598 payday loan stores registered in Virginia as of April 7. The analysis examined the number of payday lenders by Zip code. The 23230 Zip code boasts one of the highest concentrations of payday lending stores in Virginia, with almost one location for every 1,000 residents. The area is also among the poorer sections of metro Richmond, with a median household income about $10,000 below the state average.

VCU reveals plans for grocery store site

The empty grocery store and parking lot at Grace and Harrison streets could soon be converted into classrooms and library storage for VCU, according to the school’s facility manager.

Distracted delegates exposed

And you think you have a productivity problem. A video by a Virginia Commonwealth University journalism student Tracy Kennedy shows how state delegates make use of official time—they check Facebook and shop online using the Capitol’s wireless network. Kennedy photographed legislators surfing the Internet on their Dell laptops during a formal session of the General… Read more »

VCU cuts costs, may raise tuition

As the spring semester draws to a close, the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors is mulling over how to deal with reductions in the school’s budget. Among the cost-cutting measures being considered are bigger class sizes, more adjunct faculty and a possible tuition increase.

VCU residences sell for $19.3 million

Two large residential buildings on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus have sold for $19.3 million. RAMZ Hall and Capital Garage were acquired by Kayne Anderson Real Estate Partners,  a private equity investment group based in New York, from ING Real Estate.