paul hammond 
Member since May 21, 2009

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Re: “Mayor Says His Stadium Proposal Is 'Not Dead'

Julius, the only relevant information I have is that I know up close and personal what traffic is like downtown. You say that's not relevant, but then you pass out all kinds of misinformation about traffic downtown. There are so many alternatives to driving to Shockoe Bottom, walking, biking, taking the bus, shuttles to and from nearby garages. Venture Richmond could even bring in people by canal boat. Then there's the tens of thousands already downtown who have time to grab dinner and catch a game before going home. I also know baseball traffic tends to trickle in over time. Many people don't take their seats till the first inning. Still, there will be traffic, but it should be manageable using many of the solutions you suggested.. Believe it not traffic does back up at the Boulevard, but people still come.

You asked someone to point out the the strongest in support of the plan. It is that it fills in a vacant part of downtown and supports and compliments all the other destinations and investments that have been made over the last 20 years, Brown's Island, the Canal Walk, Shockoe Slip, the Capital museum and visitor center and so much more. The reason this will succeed is that it is being built on strength, not weakness like other project. It is the hub that connects downtown together, something that is desperately needed.

Jerel, the ballpark doubles as an amphitheater. Concerts and festivals are just two more uses the ballpark could be available for.

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Posted by paul hammond on 06/30/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Mayor Says His Stadium Proposal Is 'Not Dead'

Julius, as one who has lived downtown for the past 12 years, I can tell you that things are pretty quiet by 6:00 pm. Of late I have been commuting home into downtown every night between 6 and 6:30 and traffic is very light. Lastly, ballpark traffic will be flowing against commuter traffic which will be heading out of town, not into it. That said, there will be traffic. So what? It's part of living in a successful city. Ghost towns have no traffic.

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Posted by paul hammond on 06/28/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Modern Day Horror

Mr. Moffet,

Having known, read and followed Mark Holmberg for a dozen years, he is the last person I would accuse of promoting racial hatred. He's gone to bat for the underdog over and over and calls it like it is whether that is popular or not. I don't always agree with him, but he doesn't pull punches and that wins him a lot of points in my book. He's willing to say things other people only think. That tends to piss off a lot of people. whether he's right or not. It's also won him a legion of fans.

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Posted by paul hammond on 06/14/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Coffee Shop Seeks a Miracle on 25th Street

Gentrification is a politically charged term, like homelessness, and I wish it was not used. It presupposes a lot of facts which are not necessarily true. For the most part, people who have move into depressed neighborhoods are not “gentry”. They are middle class people who have made a choice and taken a chance on investing in the City. The easy choice would have been to buy a home in the outer suburbs or in more established neighborhoods. Instead they have chosen to put their money and sometimes their lives at risk by investing in the city. The same people who decry gentrification also rail about middle class (white and black) flight of a generation ago. Ghettos are defined by walls and barriers separating people of different classes and races. These new residents are breaking those walls down and bringing new life to the city.

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Posted by paul hammond on 06/10/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The Preservationist

Chris is uniquely suited to do his job. I'd like to see him getting paid for what he does so well. There should be a place on the City budget for him. He's doing what the City should be doing in the first place.

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Posted by paul hammond on 06/04/2014 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Game Plan

Kazoo is right. There is nothing extreme or unusual about building a downtown ballpark. Traditionally that's where ballparks have always been. Sports facilities have been built by municipalities all over the country.. The key seems to be where and why they are being built. Freeway ballparks in the suburbs promote sprawl and are generally bad for everyone except developers. Ours promotes density and urban infill. Ours is backed by $200 million in private investment and millions in property taxes, admissions, lodging and meal's taxes, not all of which are counted in the Davenport study. No one to date has proposed an alternative site to Shockoe Bottom except the Boulevard, which has proven to be an economic failure for the last 50 years. Most cities would kill to have an opportunity like this to restore their urban core.

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Posted by paul hammond on 05/29/2014 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Ballpark Plan Unravels

3Strikes, It's the one piece that brings all the dollars. No ballpark, no project, no museum, no point.

If you win, then it's your turn to come up with the next idea.

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Posted by paul hammond on 05/27/2014 at 12:39 PM

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