Two Roads Diverged
Heading west, here you are on the I-195/The Downtown Expressway reaching a critical question: Southside or West End? It does of course mean you're leaving the best part of Richmond (in my opinion): The Fan.
The road that leads you to the Southside is the Powhite Parkway, which brings about an interesting controversy. Apparently, in a a move towards political correctness started by the First Market Bank and the Ukrops family (virtual royalty and another subject for another day) launched a 2001 ad campaign declaring the pronunciation to be "Pow-hite": pow like in the word "powder". But Richmonders are stubborn. The only people you'll hear say "Pow-hite" are the traffic reporters-- 99% of Richmonders will tell you that it's pronounced "Po-white" and make the politically incorrect inference that you will.
Posted by mea at 9:17 PM