The Neon District and Why Norfolk Rocks

I have lived in Chesapeake, Virginia for over a decade and for the most part love living here. Chesapeake is a largely rural city and lacks a lot of the things that an urban city like my neighbor city Norfolk abounds in. Among those things Norfolk has is an abundance of art and cultural resources and fine dining and entertainment. The adjacent city of Portsmouth also has more art and cultural resources and restaurants than Chesapeake. The good thing about Chesapeake is that it is very close to both Norfolk and Portsmouth so I can enjoy the suburban living of Chesapeake and partake of the arts, culture, fine dining, and entertainment of both Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Norfolk especially has an abundance of places to eat. You can partake of just about any cuisine you can imagine. Chesapeake, on the other hand, is more a Sonic and Burger King kind of city. It is even hard to find a good hot dog in Chesapeake. Did I mention that another adjacent city, Suffolk, also outshines Chesapeake in the areas mentioned? Sad, but true. Norfolk has a major Zoo, sporting venues for college football and basketball, professional Hockey, and semi-pro baseball, a botanical garden, and an actual downtown.

It is the downtown of Norfolk and the art aspects that I want to talk about today. Norfolk has some beautiful architecture, including the Chrysler Museum, a world-class art museum. Norfolk has recently undertaken a project to paint many of the old buildings in downtown Norfolk in what is now being called the NEON District. Many volunteers have gotten together to paint fantastic art on the walls of buildings in over 30 areas of Norfolk from the Chrysler Museum to Granby Street in the heart of the city. I first heard about this project on local television and I had to go take a look. I am a lover of great architecture and especially enjoy murals and painting done on buildings.

Here are a few of the photographs I took of some of the fantastic art adorning buildings in Norfolk. All of them are within walking distance of each other.



Things they are a changing.

I have decided to stop recording my personal life on this blog and start using it to talk about various topics that interest me. These topics will be on just about anything. Just a few that come to mind are religion, politics, news, photography, technology, firearms, and anything else that grabs my attention from day to day. So with that in mind I will have my first entry as soon as I think of something to talk about, which shouldn’t be long as there is always something on my mind. I hope to elicit more comments this way as for the most part my personal life is somewhat boring. I will still mention some aspects of my personal life, like when I do things like attend a festival or go to a ball game or something exciting or out of the ordinary occurs.

In October there are a lot of festivals and events that take place and I hope to attend a few of them. I know I will be going to the Military Aviation Museum’s annual Biplane show this October 4th. There is also Octoberfest, the Stockley Gardens Art festival, the Suffolk Peanut Fest, and Driver Days. They should give me something to write about on a personal level. So stay tuned for the next exciting episode….