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Snapshot Cultural Anthropology
"Richmond, Virginia is a pretty unique place, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my home. The people are what make the small-ish city the strange and wonderful place that’s home to the Quail Bell nest. Though I don’t usually advocate stereotyping people, sometimes it’s the only way to tell the truth.
Let’s start with the University of Richmond preps. These students can be further divided into two categories: those on scholarship and those who have incredibly rich parents. U of R is an expensive school, and few people are crazy enough to take out loans and attend. Whether the U of R attendee is lucky enough to have a full ride or lucky enough to have wealthy parents, he or she will probably be pretty preppy (and maybe a little pretentious). But not thoroughly unlikeable!
Richmond is also home to a fairly prominent set of yuppies, many of whom occupy the Museum District, an appropriately named, high-end area. They are young, working professionals with college degrees–many from VCU or U of R– who can most often be found in couple form, living together but not necessarily married. Despite the fact that it honors Confederate Civil War generals, these semi-liberal people often reside on gorgeous Monument Avenue, and they support their homes and affinity for Ralph Lauren with fashionably dull, corporate jobs.
If you added up all of the preps and yuppies, though, you would find a number small in comparison to the hipsters. VCU’s art and liberal arts programs have attracted these people in droves. Hipsters ride their bikes everywhere, wear cut-offs and Vans, and eat at such places as Galaxy Diner and The Black Sheep. Hipsters are incredibly picky about music and will insist they listened to popular bands before they became popular.
There you have it: Richmond stereotypes. What do all three of these people have in common, though? Pride for their kind and for their city. And in my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than that."
-As told by QB Editorial Assistant, Julie DiNisio
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Christine Stoddard conceived the idea for Quail Bell in late 2009 after writing a children's story by the same name, and launched the website as a college blog in 2010. In June 2013, Christine and former art director Kristen Rebelo officially launched Quail Bell Magazine as a global web magazine. Read our editorial mission statement to learn more.