Jeff E. 
Member since Apr 8, 2011

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Re: “Full Circle

Three Strikes, did you know that major financial decisions aren't made based on polls?

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Posted by Jeff E. on 08/04/2014 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Full Circle

"Smart" in this case meaning people who agree with you politically. And a suggestion that those who don't agree with you aren't? ;)

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Posted by Jeff E. on 08/04/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Shockoe Standoff

S, what I said regarding the private portion of the development is that the City will be covering the infrastructure costs which is the simple truth and not that unusual. Infrastructure will have to be addressed regardless of what gets built down there. I'm unfortunately forced to say that several times now because opponents of this plan understand that the truth of the matter doesn't carry the same impact as saying over and over again that we are paying for a greedy developers apartment building. The private developments themselves will not be built with taxpayer money.

If you want to say we are subsidizing baseball, go for it because that's at least true. As far as I knjow, we would be doing what we did when the original Diamond was built and what the vast majority of cities out there have done but the deal isn't approved yet so you can't suggest that the Squirrels are only going to pay X number of dollars for the lease. Plans like this are flexible and wise politicians give and take to see their project go through. The Squirrels have a proven record of drawing fans; fans that could be spending their money at other businesses in the Bottom. They don't currently have that option now with a Boulevard stadium. Could the money be spent subsidizing a different project? Possibly, but this is the only one on the table. Do we continue to allow "hallowed ground" to sit under asphalt another decade waiting for a better, more appealing deal to come along? If we continue to wait for the next best thing we will continue to have nothing.

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Posted by Jeff E. on 07/25/2014 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Shockoe Standoff

S, I think misrepresentations of facts have been said so many times now that they are taken for truths. Who is taking our money? Is it White and Salomonsky who would be building apartments and offices with what would likely be combination of their own money and the money of interested investors? Is it the Squirrels who will be paying a yearly lease to use a Richmond-owned facility? We're subsidizing a business that has the proven ability to bring thousands of people in for every game. That doesn't seem too high a risk IMO. The only place where there is even room for question is in the cost of infrastructure improvements. In the perfect scenario, a private developer may take those costs on but I believe it is more often the case that the municipality covers those costs to encourage growth and development. There are still hundreds of privately owned plots downtown that are ready for private investment to take place. So where is it? The majority of the developments that we have seen downtown recently can be credited to the historic tax credit program, a form of subsidization. The reality we have to face is that it's cheaper and easier for a business to build on a farm in Henrico than it is to build in an old, established City where space it tight and property is expensive. In that respect, we are at a disadvantage and that excuses some of the incentives we sometimes use to encourage growth. I'd ideally like a completely open market free of subsidies but the City doesn't have but so many places to expand, thus the importance of utilizing the remaining Shockoe Bottom and Boulevard properties wisely.

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Posted by Jeff E. on 07/24/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Staying Put

bridgallen, we get to keep our history under weeds and asphalt, we get to keep our floodplain that is for all intents and purposes undevelopable as it is, we get to keep an old stadium in an area that many in the business and real estate community say is prime property for retail, and we get to keep an ailing neighborhood. Nope, it's not a no brainer.

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Posted by Jeff E. on 07/23/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Staying Put

RVASportsRebound, how does one change the perception of a neighborhood being "ghetto" once it's labeled? The whole idea is that a new ballpark, a slavery museum, new retail, new offices, and new apartments all happening SIMULTANEOUSLY will help Shockoe Bottom break away from the inertia that currently keeps it held down. Shockoe is too important a piece of the puzzle for Richmond and as such can't just be brushed aside as a lost cause simply to cater to the whims of those suburban families afraid of crosswalks, parking decks, and shady characters lurking in alleys. If the Squirrels want to cater to those families then they need to pay for it with their own money because the ball team is the only entity that will benefit from that particular crowd. An urban ballpark will draw more singles, professionals, and yes, suburban families who don't have the same concerns about driving and walking in a City as you do. And all of these people are far more likely to spend their money at surrounding businesses than the commuter family which is where Richmond gets to capitalize, at least somewhat, on their investment.

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Posted by Jeff E. on 07/23/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Shockoe Standoff

Len, frustration and tiredness prevent me from being able to put the words together properly but what you are criticizing is really the only thing that keeps humanity moving forward, despite the odds sometimes.... hope. We are talking about the future, a period that doesn't even exist yet. All we have concerning the future is studies, estimates, opinions, dreams, and the risk takers who are willing to go out on a limb where there is never a guarantee for success. Critics pretending they will need more information than the time-space continuum can provide before they can support a project of this scale tells me their heels are dug in and rationality, logic, and the vision for a better City aren't on the table anymore. You all have moved into the frozen realm of fear and obstinacy where keeping things the same feels far more appealing than taking risks, even when it's to the detriment of the City. What study, what piece of information could possibly sway someone like you to support a large scale project? When mistrust of estimates is your MO, how is a different set of estimates possibly going to convince you that the plan will work? The critics' brand of "logic" inevitably ends with inaction, every single time.

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Posted by Jeff E. on 07/23/2014 at 2:34 PM

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