Jonathan Goldberg 
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Re: “Baseball Block

Paul,
Mind your manners.

I will point out it was you who brought walking into this discussion. It just so happens I walk and/or bike ride to the Diamond.

You're speaking about the residents of this city like they will do what you say they can do, and if not they can suck an egg – which also seems to be our Mayor's position.

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Posted by Jonathan Goldberg on 10/12/2013 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Baseball Block

Paul,
Yes, hills. I cycle or drive them daily, and they are spectacular as-is – specifically the view of Church Hill from downtown which would be obstructed.

Those same hills, some of the steepest in the city, make walking and especially cycling difficult for most casual pedestrians. They were a formidable obstacle for me as an experienced commuter bicyclist and former Church Hill resident.

The Diamond is presently – right now – within both walking and cycling distance (no hills) of tens of thousand of residents – arguably the Museum District, the Fan, Newtown, all of Northside, Carver – which draws them into an area otherwise virtually empty... so I'm kinda not seeing the logic.

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Posted by Jonathan Goldberg on 10/12/2013 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Baseball Block

Here's how this goes down – wealthy real estate holders dupe our city government into publicly funding a magic beans idea (insert Performing Arts, Convention Center, new baseball stadium) which slightly improves said real estate holders financial situation and pays for a few more years at the country club. The holders all shuffle their cards – "I'll trade you two Scott's Additions for a Shockoe Bottom..." count their money, and return home to Henrico, leaving city residents stuck once again with something we didn't ask for, didn't want, and now have to pay for the upkeep of and eventual demolition of.

Putting a large structure in that section of Shockoe Bottom will be a traffic cluster-f, not to mention will block views of Church Hill and downtown. The city has also been working on the I95 bridges for over two years (can someone look into how much we've spent there and how many people have lost their lives due to negligent traffic engineering during closures?) and that says nothing about the narrow grid of streets drivers will encounter when they exit en mass into the Bottom for games.

What really belongs in that spot is a national, Smithsonian-caliber slavery museum, which would attract visitors world and nation wide all year long. Tour groups and out of town residents that need to sleep and eat in the area, rather than simply driving back to Chester after four huge stadium beers.

I'm ok with a Diamond renovation. The Pennsylvania stadium people are saying we should mimic looks pretty nice, so let's renovate! Let's spruce up the Boulevard Corridor while we're at it. All those Greyhound passengers need somewhere to shop. Plus, there are big, wide streets right next to multiple points of entry from the counties.

I'm tired of watching this city government Groundhog Day. If our elected officials can't see their way out the mistakes of our recent past and into a more innovative and inclusive future, let's vote the bums out for once and for all.

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Posted by Jonathan Goldberg on 10/12/2013 at 12:10 PM

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