jake67 
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Re: “Architecture Review: The Virginia Capital Trail Offers a Sublime Public Amenity

I've ridden the trail twice and am struck by how popular it is and at the range of users -- among those on bicycles all the way from 4 year-old kids and the elderly to folks in lycra on expensive bikes. To me this is a really clear sign for what COULD happen within Richmond itself: if you build bike infrastructure that people feel comfortable and safe riding on, they will use it.

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Posted by jake67 on 12/01/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “The Mayor's Big Play

I've never heard a compelling argument for why there could not be a new stadium AND other new development on the Boulevard, as the private investor proposal envisioned. The only argument I recall is that there would not be enough space for a ballpark, massive parking lot, and the rest of the development. The notion that you might use any significant portion of valuable land like this for a surface parking lot is insane in any case. Why would a parking deck that could serve both a ballpark and retail -- as was proposed for Shockoe -- not work? Parking decks are expensive, yes, but if this land is so valuable as a source of tax revenue, there must be some way to do it, especially if the Squirrels did a bit of creative planning to encourage the use of other means of transportation to get to their games.

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Posted by jake67 on 07/20/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Fan Group Focuses on GRTC Site Options

I hope Mr. Agelasto and others involved will not succumb to the parking-mania that seems to grip so many in the city. Yes, some people will drive cars and need places to park, but we need to get our minds around the fact that a car-dominated Richmond is not sustainable. The population of the city is growing, but where will we end up if we plan new developments with the assumption that all of those new millennial residents will be driving cars? We'll find ourselves in gridlock and wondering why we didn't put more resources into other modes of transportation rather than worrying about parking spaces all the time.

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Posted by jake67 on 07/14/2015 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Temple of Love

This is wonderful! Congrats to Heidi.

Sure, there are some good things ensured by zoning ordinances in some cases, but in Richmond they are outdated and overly burdensome, especially for people trying to do creative things.

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Posted by jake67 on 05/05/2015 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Flash Forward

Not everything that Mayor Jones has spent money on has been worth it (Redskins training camp is a prime example), but this is. We need affordable and safe transportation options in this city, and this — along with bicycle infrastructure — is a step in that direction. Think about it: the last time the city's population was as high as it's going to be soon, not nearly as many people owned as many cars. It's not going to work to pretend that we're going to be thriving city where everyone still drives everywhere. At some point the parking lots that still take up huge sections of downtown are going to be too valuable to use for that purpose.

Richmonders seem perennially unable to look a bit into the future or see the big picture. Losing some parking spaces but having a better transit system (of which BRT is a part) will only help the businesses along Broad.

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Posted by jake67 on 04/21/2015 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Floyd Ave. Bike Boulevard Approved, Coming This Spring

TANSTAAFL: Yes, the city is not enforcing the law regarding how close you can park to the corner. People in official positions have said as much. Everyone seems to have agreed to turn a blind eye, despite real safety issues.

Lost in this discussion is that if we make bicycling and walking safe and inviting, it will help with the parking problem because people might realize that they don't need a car for every member of the family.

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Posted by jake67 on 02/24/2015 at 7:25 PM

Re: “O’ Holey Night

I must agree that it's crazy for this parcel to be used the way it is now -- which is most often as an unpaved parking lot. But it should NOT be a paved parking lot. I think it would be worth a try to create an interesting and inviting public plaza here. That part of downtown really has very little to offer for inviting public space; and perhaps you could do it in a way that it could still accommodate the skating rink and other uses.

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Posted by jake67 on 12/10/2014 at 9:18 PM

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