Capstone Students Consider Richmond’s Relationship to the James River

In the River City Capstone, Collegiate seniors explored how the economic, political and cultural landscape — historically and presently — is inextricably linked with the environmental landscape and health of the James, the city and the citizenry.
They pondered two questions: How did we get here? How has the James River connected and separated Richmonders to each other and the world historically, and how has that impacted the natural and manmade Richmond of today?  

In early May, students debuted their documentaries for the River City Capstone in front of an invited panel of experts and guests, including Ralph White, who are passionate about the interconnectedness of Richmond and the James River. Students collaborated to explore four areas of the James River and the city as its developed around these zones: