Richmond needs something. Some motivation, energy, vivacity, revitalization, and a rekindling of the desire to share experiences with other people in the community. There is so much potential in this community for greatness. Let's tap into the roots of this place we live. Rejuvinate the rich history! We need to bring this flesh to LIFE! Richmond needs a better way to involve itself in the life of other communities as well. Let's use Richmond's location to our advantage. Specifically, the Depot.
But how do you get someone to forgo the comfortable couch and t-shirt for event tickets and snazzy clothes? Give 'em something they don't have. Wouldn't the Depot be a great venue for performance art, and a great visitor distribution hub to direct people to the entertainment they want to see. Obviously, the main trouble is saving that building and all sorting through all of the gobbledygook surrounding that fiacso. But, once that is done, bring the train back! Use the place as it was intended, but add a twist. People ride the train to Richmond and see a show once they get here.
Put a comedy club in there. That is something that Richmond doesn't have! Also, there must be a way to house multiple venues there like the Murat in Indy as one example. So, comedy stage, poetry/spoken word stage, live music stage. The point is, the building needs to be versatile.
If they don't want to see anything at the Depot, let the other arts organizations advertize there. To go see a show at Richmond Civic Theatre, or Richmond Symphony Orchestra, of an opening at the Richmond Art Museum, people could walk, or perhaps catch a bus directly from the Depot.
Obviously this idea is nascent, but I wanted to put it into text. Richmond Brainstorm seemed like the ideal venue for it.