Canal Street and many areas like it shared a sad story during this time. What had once been a prosperous, lively area fell into poverty and disrepair. While the area never fully forgot its goals, it did lose its zeal for success. Richmond as a whole finally settled into a state of contentment economically during this time, after losing its foothold as the major Southern city due to its monopoly with the canal around the turn of the century. Standards of living in areas such as Canal Street were nothing to dream about. The crowded residencies were populated by hard working, low earning individuals who made due with what they could. These spaces served as home for the dense population of blue collar workers who made up the backbone of industry.
Black and white photograph of a watercolor painting, “Canal Street”, by L.W. Light