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Downtown Wayfinding

New signs could soon make finding your way around Downtown a little bit easier! Since last summer, the DNC has been creating a series of signs, maps and markers that will point to the waterfront, MacArthur Center, Slover Library, Waterside District and many more points of interest. A wayfinding committee and a signage consultant targeted visitors to the area that need to park and then walk to Downtown’s many destinations. The tall signs will eventually stand on street corners, guiding pedestrians with a large map, directional signs and website information. Now that the City of Norfolk has approved the designs, phase one will roll out this spring with small sign poles and updated kiosks along the waterfront and new maps in Downtown parking garages. Phase two should follow along later in 2017 with an expanded sign system. 

Licensing of Dogs and Cats and Animal Control Downtown

In an ongoing effort to keep Downtown clean and safe, DNC is partnering with the City of Norfolk Animal Protection Unit to work with our residents to educate and enforce city regulations regarding dogs and cats. Enforcement officers are now on patrol throughout Downtown on a regular basis. All dogs and cats in the city are required to be licensed. New residents are required to obtain licenses within 10 days of bringing an animal to the city.  The first violation constitutes a class 4 misdemeanor and the second violation constitutes a class 3 misdemeanor. Licenses are $5 for dogs and cats that are neutered and $25 if they are not neutered. Click here for all the information and find out how to apply for a license.

And just a reminder that allowing animals to defecate on public or private property is a class 3 misdemeanor and a fineable offense in a court of law. So be sure to scoop the poop.

First Fridays 2017 Downtown Street Party



First Fridays 2017 Downtown Street Party

Get ready to grab some friends & have some fun: Downtown Norfolk's favorite Friday night street party is back for its fifth season! Each First Fridays event runs from 5-8:30pm and features music, food and merchandise vendors and a beer and wine garden all in an authentic downtown setting. 

2017 Season Entertainment and Locations: 

Friday, April 7 - In partnership with Virginia Arts Festival
Where: TCC Plaza, 300 Block of Granby Street 
Who: The Special Guests - Dance, funk, rock, hip-hop, blues, jazz, rock 

Friday, May 5 - Cinco De Mayo Celebration - In partnership with Virginia Arts Festival
Where: MacArthur Center Green, corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street 
Who: Bio Ritmo - Hard salsa, Latin dance band 

Friday, June 2
Where: The Plot, in the NEON District, corner of Granby Street and Olney Road 
Who: BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove - Pop, funk, soul, R&B

Friday, August 4
Where: TCC Plaza, 300 Block of Granby Street
Who: Brackish Water Jamboree - Original contemporary stringband & country blues and Gina Dalmas and the Cow Tippin' Playboys  - Country, rock, indie

Friday, September 1 
Where: TCC Plaza, 300 Block of Granby Street 
Who: Buddha Council - Reggae and DJ CanRock - Locals' favorite

Friday, October 6 
Where: TCC Plaza, 300 Block of Granby Street 
Who: Fleet Forces Rock Band and DJ CanRock - Locals' favorite

If you are interested in being a vendor at First Fridays, please click here


DNC Employee of the Quarter – Maury Hardy

Maury Hardy is a true asset to the DNC team. Maury worked with the DNC from 2011 through 2014 and then returned in 2015. We were so excited to have him back as a part of our Downtown Clean Team Ambassadors. Maury has always been a valued and trusted employee, and that is evident in his daily work. But one recent incident stood out in particular: When we had the snow storm in January, he volunteered to stay Downtown for two nights and led the DNC team in a herculean snow removal effort to get Downtown up and running as soon as possible. Deb Moyler, an Ambassador Supervisor, says that Maury never says no. Whatever the task assigned, Maury responds with a “no problem” and gets the job done to the highest of standards. He is a mentor to many of our employees. Thank you Maury for all you do for the Downtown community! 

Healthy Downtown – Advice from the Experts at Jim White Fitness

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month which aims to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. What better way to celebrate than focusing on the basics of eating healthy with these 5 easy tips?

1. Drink more water. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices. Try drinking two glasses of water before each meal for a total of eight, 8 ounce glasses daily. When we don’t get enough water, we can get dehydrated, which causes tiredness, low energy, and headaches.

2. Set aside time to meal prep each week. Having your meal made the night before can help you to make healthier choices. When you buy fruits and vegetables, try cutting them up and put them in individual baggies for an easy, on-the-go healthy choice.

3. Read nutrition labels. Be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy. Also, watch for “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredient list. It is another way to say trans fat, which is the worst fat. 

4. Be sure to get enough sleep. It may be just as important as diet and exercise, if not more. Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, throw your appetite hormones out of whack and reduce your physical and mental performance. Healthy adults should aim for 7-9 hours each night.

5. Focus on how you feel after eating. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. Same thing goes for the more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy. The better you feel the more likely you are to change your poor eating habits to healthier choices.


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Each month, we will feature some of our favorite Downtown Norfolk photos shared on Instagram. Post your pictures and tag #DowntownNorfolk to be featured!

Photo shared by: fredwrose


Photo shared by: conk9


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