MQR 
Member since Sep 5, 2012

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Re: “Buzzy Bows Out

I don't think it's really all that controversial ... I have a few vocal neighbors with a little too much time on their hands, but in general people just think of Buzzies as a coffee shop.

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Posted by MQR on 12/04/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Group Pushes for Shockoe Growth Without Ballpark

Jeff E., you have a pretty low view of parks. Check out this new one in Dallas: http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/. Here's another called Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/OSP/…. There are food trucks, large pieces of public art, lawns for frisbee and soccer. Parks aren't boring unless you're boring :)

Posted by MQR on 01/21/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Group Pushes for Shockoe Growth Without Ballpark

S, It seems that Jones has too much pride to follow a downtown master plan that was created during someone else's tenure. Also, I find it depressing that Richmond is stuck in the 1950s, dreaming that a big venue will increase tax revenue. What about the Colosseum? The Convention Center? The Redskins Training Camp? Return on investment to the communities in which these projects were constructed has been dubious.

Other cities, world-class cities, have realized what leads to revitalization: Complete streets, urban parks, public transportation, beautiful places to live daily life. When the first street car was built on Broad St. in 1888, there was a reported $12M investment along the line. D.C. has reported similar real estate investment on lines that aren't even running yet. Even the corporate giant, Bloomberg, appreciated this sort of public investment that improves on existing assets to reward private investment. He spent his three terms making New York more walkable, bikable, and beautiful while also increasing efficiency and innovation.

And Richmond leadership is stuck on a minor league ballpark.

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Posted by Michael Q Rogers on 01/03/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Inward and Upward

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments on this article. I don't like making fun of a place that someone calls home, but I will never be OK hearing that WBV is "the future." And, of course, it is not. It's the past 60 years with a second level on top.

And it's been validated by corporate presence. I still haven't forgiven Whole Foods for leaving this fellow Texas native high and dry.

To me, the most obvious reason to leave Richmond is to put your kids through county schools. It's unfortunate that we can't seem to have it both ways in this city: urbanity and quality public education. So I don't fault you for living where you live, but I wish this article had made an effort to look past the facade. Since I'm not a journalist (yet), I don't know what it's like to come out with news every week or how each article is assigned. If the goal was to reach more Suburban readers, I'm afraid you may have failed. These comments make clear our opinion.

Make the move, my suburban friends. If you want a shiny RVA sticker, live in RVA.

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Posted by Michael Q Rogers on 02/25/2013 at 8:28 AM

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