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Is Richmond’s the ‘Best American Riverfront?’

Andy Thompson

October 1, 2014 1:01pm
Dragon boat on the James. Credit: Backers

Dragon boat on the James. Credit: Backers

If there’s one thing Richmond’s outdoors lovers are good at, it’s voting in online contests. We all proved that back in 2012 when we took Outside Magazine by storm, dominating the voting for its “Best River Town Ever” designation and landing on the cover of the October issue. That was pretty sweet.

Now it’s time to get those voting fingers out again because USA Today and some website called are holding a contest to anoint the “Best American Riverfront.” There are 20 nominees, and among them are three cities that Richmond vanquished in the Outside Magazine voting — Hood River, Ore.; Nashville; and Milwaukee.

According to the 10Best contest website: We took into consideration urban planning and green space, public access, sheer beauty, popularity, and if special events can be or are held there. This was a very tough contest for choosing nominees, according to our expert panel.

You can vote every day until October 20 at noon, and so far Wilmington, N.C. leads the voting, followed by Spokane, Wash.; Dubuque, Iowa; Louisville, and fellow former Outside Mag honoree Chattanooga, Tenn.

Okay, Richmond, your reputation as a world class online voting region is at stake. Also, while I haven’t been to many of the other cities on the list, I can definitively say that our riverfront is cooler than all of the other ones nominated — put together.

So, let’s do this! Click here to vote.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?