Matthew B. Davey 
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Re: “Protest Continues Against Privatizing Monroe Park

I really don't understand why people complain about companies spending their money in the community. If Altria wants to give the City $10 million to fix up an old theater, why is that a problem? If companies want to give money to a non-profit that wants to fix up a park, why is that a problem? If a developer wants to develop land in an entertainment district, why is that a problem? If a non-profit wants focus on economically developing downtown, why is that a problem? And then you call them greedy? We should be thanking them for their gracious contributions to our community, not harassing them!

If you want to see things differently, then raise your own money and make things happen. That is just how society works. And that is how it will continue to work.

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 04/25/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Protest Continues Against Privatizing Monroe Park

Here's an idea for the homeless population of the city. There are organizations and services in this city that are here for those in need. It is upon those in need to take advantage of these kind organizations (paid for through donations from those who earn income) and services (paid for by tax dollars from those who earn income).

Let's take the first steps by having the City host a public movie night in Monroe Park. The movie for the night: "Pursuit of Happiness" starring Will Smith. After they watch the movie, let's set up a shuttle bus to a place like CARITAS where these folks can be taught how to take care of themselves and learn how to dress, bath, and prepare for an interview. Then many other organizations and services can point them to the many jobs that are available in this city. Once they receive a job, then the kind folks at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity can help them buy their first home. The folks at Goodwill can help them find clothing and furniture. The list goes on...

As one person said previously, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't force him to drink it." If the horse is thirsty, but refuses to drink water, well I think we all know what happens.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (or whatever you believe) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

There have been two moments of rebellion in our nation's history. One was to rebel against taxation without representation, the other was to rebel against the federal government trying to end the institution of slavery. The difference? The majority of Americans were against taxation without representation whereas the majority of Americans were in favor of ending the institution of slavery. At some point, those that wanted to protect the institution of slavery, they joined the rest of society. Other episodes of rebellion occurred when the majority wanted women, then African-Americans, then those of different sexual preferences, to have the same rights as everyone else. Again, at some point, these became the norms for society, as they should.

No body wants to be homeless nor does anybody want another man or woman to be homeless. Furthermore, homelessness and anarchy will never become the norm for society. The issue here is that a small minority wants to rebel against society in hopes that their voice will drown out the majority. And well, this isn't an issue of civil rights, or equality, or welfare, it is an issue of stubbornness.

As a proud young democrat, I will always fight for the minority if their cause is just, in an effort to sway the majority. This cause is not just and therefore do not see this matter swaying the majority.

If you want to be happy, then join the rest of society, we will welcome you with open arms.

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 04/25/2014 at 1:52 AM

Re: “Riverside Venture

Don't worry, people will complain about developing this too. And then I started reading, and I was right. Seriously? Why are Richmonders so against development. Come on guys, go explore the rest of the country. Go and see why we have to compete!

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 12/10/2013 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Who Owns the Bottom?

Where this is profit, there are taxes. When taxes are collected, they can be used to pay for schools and roads. But we can't maintain the schools and roads without expanding the tax base.

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 11/26/2013 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Does the Mayor Have the Votes to Get His Ballpark Plan Through City Council?

Municipal Math - Apparently you read the notes wrong. It would actually be the reverse of what you are thinking. It would be $200 million in revenue for the city over the next 20 years. And this development would primarily be paid by private investment, not city taxpayers.

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 11/12/2013 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Activists Take Ballpark Protest to the Ballpark

Mr. Wilayto, The subject of slavery is such a touchy subject and I believe it shouldn't be. I am of the younger generation that is ready to learn from it and move on. We grew up with our schools already integrated, where making friends with members of another race was never an issue. Though your idea of making Richmond a landmark to Slavery has some merit, I must disagree. I went to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis this past spring. It was in an area of town that seemed to once be a viable part of Memphis, but this was no more. There were people outside, mostly African American, protesting the museum asking them to instead spend their money on fixing the schools rather than the museum. The City of Memphis is predominantly African American and nothing gets done because people dwell in the past. Its like the black people in Memphis fought so hard to integrate everything but then want to fight to segregate everything again. So, we could keep Shockoe entirely in the past or we could find a way to generate more revenue to pay for education and progress from the past. We can find a way to make our schools better for the African American population in our city and get away from that part of history that tries to divide us. The Lumpkin Jail Site is still there and it will be kept safe. A Slave Museum is, from what I understand, going to be built next to it to connect with the Slave Trail. When they are all completed, I will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony and I will frequent those sites because I think it's important to remember how far we have come. But we do not need to make all of a Shockoe a memorial to something so negative. If that were the case, all of Rome would be a museum to European Slavery, all of Berlin would be a museum to the Holocaust. Again, these might be touchy subjects, but we need to move forward from the things that once brought us down and progress. I sincerely apologize if my statements offend anyone as they are not my intention. I just want to see progress for education, progress for transportation, and progress for tourism in Richmond.

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 06/05/2013 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Activists Take Ballpark Protest to the Ballpark

A stadium in Shockoe would do nothing but draw attention to the City's historic and entertainment district of Shockoe Valley. It would in fact help bring people to the "bottom" (such an awful name) where they could tour the sites, visit Lumpkin Jail, take a stroll down the Slave Trail, and remember the history. The site that the stadium would go on is right now is bare ground and just a couple falling down old Lovings Produce buildings. The African American sites would not be affected at all by the Stadium. As for transportation, when developments happen, plans are made for traffic concerns. This will most certainly be addressed in any plan to build a stadium in Shockoe. And to think of the revenue that would be created by a successful entertainment district that brings in tourism and sporting events. This revenue could go to upgrading our schools and paving our roads. The Boulevard would be best utilized as a retail district which would also bring in revenue for schools and roads. Both of these ideas together would be great for our city. Swapping the ideas and keeping the Diamond where it is while trying to make Shockoe a historic district without entertainment would be a failure and a hindrance to progression.

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Posted by Matthew B. Davey on 06/04/2013 at 10:20 PM

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