23rd Street ‘Pup Crawl’ set for May 31


Bring your dog, or volunteer to walk one in need from the Jelly’s Place animal shelter, for the 23rd Street Pup Crawl on Thursday, May 31.

The event is part of a broader, ongoing effort by Urban Transformation and neighborhood advocates to enhance safety in the area as they work with the city to develop a rehabilitative streetscape plan along Richmond’s vital commercial strip. Residents and their pooches plan to meet for a bite and drink at Portumex, 721 23rd St., before strolling down 23rd.

“We aim to make our sidewalks safer for walking our best friends, and making new friends,” according to organizers from Calle 23. “Join us for a nibble and a brew, and then let’s stroll!”

Several days before the Pup Crawl, on May 26, community members also invited to the latest 23rd Street Streetscape planning meeting to receive information and provide thoughts on future corridor improvements. The goal of such meetings is to update a stalled 23rd Street Streetscape Improvement Plan from 2008 with community input.

You might see Mayor Tom Butt strolling the corridor this coming Thursday. The community is invited to join the mayor and his staff for an after-work, casual meet and greet at Restaurante Bahia de Jiquilisco from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The “Time with Tom” event aims to empower residents with the ability to engage with the mayor and share ideas and concerns.

For more information about events inviting community members to get involved with the cleanup and rehabilitation of 23rd Street, please visit the Calle 23 website here to view important upcoming dates and announcements.