Mayor Jones Rides a Trolley and Looks at Flowers 

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Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones toured 13 blocks of Grace and Broad streets on a trolley Wednesday morning to look at new plantings being installed by Capital One volunteers as part of a collaboration between the city, Venture Richmond and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Sitting next to Jones is Shane Tippett, the executive director of Lewis Ginter, talking about the plantings.

Before the ride, Jones said the project came at a good time. He recalled a meeting with his staffers a few months ago: "I said, 'What's up with Broad Street? It doesn't look good at all.'"

Here's the info from the city:

Venture Richmond has been working in partnership with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, City departments and local businesses to beautify the RVA Arts District by enhancing existing landscaped areas and adding planters to the concrete medians on Broad Street. The project includes a total of 13 blocks, 49 planters, 526 bags of mulch, more than 460 bags of soil, and more than 1,200 plants.

Hundreds of Capital One volunteers provided the labor for the installation and are expected to complete the work today. Ongoing maintenance and upkeep will be provided by The Kleane Kare Team and Snead Associates, who will hire individuals participating in recovery programs for purposes of reintroduction into the workforce.

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