The Canal Walk is the best 'work in progress' Richmond has seen in YEARS. Anyone expecting overnight success from this redevelopment is expecting failure. Instead, the businesses (especially retailers and restaurants) surrounding the canal are FULLY invested in and committed to its success. Tourists are increasing weekly, and there is more and more to do each month. New construction may cause temporary headaches, but it will truly be 'the spot' to be. (The one major need: pushing local government to fund public facilities! Help!)
Pros: Free, Historical, shopping (LaDiff!)
Cons: No public restrooms, Still renovating, Be patient!