Snapshots of RVA: Monroe Building and Triple Cross

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  • The Canal Walk.
  • IMG_5695 A train is parked on the tracks over the canal.
  • IMG_5696 A train is parked on the tracks over the canal.
  • IMG_5703 A train is parked on the tracks over the canal.
  • IMG_5710 These are ramps from I-95 to and from the Downtown Expressway.
  • IMG_5714 Richmond's Triple Crossing.
  • IMG_5724 Richmond's Triple Crossing.
  • IMG_5745 Along the Canal Walk.
  • IMG_5748 Along the Canal Walk.
  • IMG_5751 Riverfront Plaza.
  • IMG_5756 Riverfront Plaza.
  • IMG_5765 Richmond skyline from Riverfront Plaza.
  • IMG_5793 I-95 from the landing at the Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5804 I-95 and Main Street Station from the landing at the Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5825 The Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5827 Downtown skyline from the landing at the Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5852 I-95 from the landing at the Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5855 Ramp to I-95 from the landing at the Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5862 The Monroe Building.
  • IMG_5871 Broad Street facing Shockoe Bottom.
  • IMG_5869 Broad Street facing Shockoe Bottom.

I took these pictures during a run through downtown Richmond and near Canal Walk. I originally set out to find the Triple Crossing, billed as the only place in the world where three Class I railroads intersect in the same spot. After finding it, I made my way toward Richmond Riverfront Plaza, where two identical dark-brown towers stand and are a major feature of the downtown Richmond skyline.

I then headed toward the Monroe Building, which is the tallest building in Richmond and where many of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s offices are. The tower stands over I-95. There’s a landing at the base of the tower that overlooks the interstate, and since the building is on relatively high ground, you can get a great view of the city from there.

Finally, I made my way toward Broad Street, which has a neat view of Shockoe Bottom since it dips as it heads east toward the area.

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