Bruce Milam 
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Re: “Ballpark or Bust

"The Chesterfield board of supervisors doesn't give a damn about Richmond--never has: There probably would be a new stadium on the Boulevard by now had they agreed to help finance it years ago--they refused."

Actually there have been two proposals in the last 12 years to build a new ballpark on The Boulevard and both Henrico and Chesterfield Counties voted to contribute financially to that plan. The Braves voted to fund it as well. It was the City of Richmond's Doug Wilder who destroyed the last plan with a last minute grab.

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Posted by Bruce Milam on 05/07/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Shockoe Ballpark Debate Fails to Reach Tipping Point

I think the crown jewel in the Mayor's plan is the Slave Memorial and Museum. It provides one more very good history lesson in the birth and transition of our nation in the crescent from Jamestown to Philadelphia. Richmond was the second largest slave trading market in the nation, next to New Orleans, and it was also the Capital of the Confederacy in the war fought to preserve slavery. The Memorial and Museum would go further than a reminder of what was done to Africans brought to America (as well as their role in building America); it would serve as a reminder that slavery exists today for 27 million humans worldwide. That dual purpose could create a destination for thousands (perhaps many, many more than that) of people worldwide to come to our City. It would put us on the map.

The Durham Bulls Ballpark is a gem in itself and I'd love to see such a facility here, but Durham is no where near as far along in reviving its downtown as is Richmond. Vacant warehouses still dominate their skyscape.

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Posted by Bruce Milam on 01/14/2014 at 5:08 PM

Re: “After Years of VCU Growth, Carver Fights Back

The Gilbane proposal would offer a secure housing alternative for VCU students that is not available in the adjacent housing area. Many, many of those row houses on Clay Street are occupied by students now. This development will have little effect on the neighborhood other than to upgrade its value.

Posted by Bruce Milam on 05/26/2011 at 2:37 PM

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