Richard Rumrill 
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Re: “Ideas Continue for Park Over River

Wow. This article in no way implied that the funding would be primarily from the city and yet there is a cry that economics are always zero-sum and this can only be done if schools are sacrificed. A couple refreshing things about this plan. 1. This group is working hard on an appropriate plan and they are already looking into the idea of a site besides the railroad piers. 2. Despite sig's concern that the site will be overrun by folks who aren't in the office enough, such a public space would be available to all, not just sports spectators, consumers, or the lovers of 'high' music and dance. 3. The planners are considering the context of their work, they realize that the Potterfield dam walk could enhance this project, or perhaps it is too close so the Manchester bridge would be better. 4. There is no rah-rah talk about how many visitors the site will draw and how that will instantly provide tax revenue which the city will spend responsibly.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 11/05/2014 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Gov. McAuliffe “Very Supportive” of Shockoe Ballpark

World class economic development has statewide advantages, minor league baseball and shopping are not going to bring anyone from out of state. If the governor thinks this is good economic development he will revive the idea that Democrats are pretty bad at business. Mark Warner should sit down and talk to McAuliffe about this.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 09/23/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Retail Therapy

Very nicely written piece. With all the hyperbole in many arguments about where to put a baseball field, this is a reminder to both sides that it is quite complicated. Whole Foods is an interesting part of this equation, particularly as they do their market research very carefully and I believe they will be locating in a building eligible for historic tax credits. The 'Sauer Center' is likely to have a very interesting and indigenous character, and will put pressure on the Boulevard development to be unique. In the long run this will help the Boulevard, but in the short run it would likely alter the math of the Richmond office of central planning.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 05/06/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Richmonders Try to Explain Bike Racing

Screaming at/with Europeans, words to watch a race by! Judging by how much coverage was about the inconvenience to cars, there will be many cultural differences to overcome to make this the best possible event. I'm not sure that open container laws fit real well with bike racing, it would be like watching baseball in a dry stadium!

Posted by Richard Rumrill on 05/05/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The Curveball

Rebkee has done a great job with Willow lawn. My two year old likes to take the #1 or #6 bus with me from Jackson Ward to see Nutsy at the very cool monthly children's concerts at the outdoor kids playground/pavilion there. I have felt the sentiment myself, but I worry when I hear Richmonders get tribalistic about hating Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover and any developers who have sullied themselves by working on a suburban project. Sure the 'American Taproom' in Willow lawn isn't the real thing compared to the amazing places that serve Beer in the city, but it is pretty nice and Rebkee has used just enough Urban elements in their re-working of that place to satisfy many folks. Also, keep in mind that the children's plays are no longer downtown at the November theater but all out at Willow Lawn. If it is Rebkee who would be involved on the Boulevard, I would trust them to do a great job. I also run frequently with my daughter from Jackson Ward to the river. I used to run around the convention center and the Coliseum. Mega-blocks are really not pleasurable places to be and a mega-block baseball stadium in Shockoe creek would not encourage walking as much as many are suggesting and it would certainly not give the place the 'village' feel marketers are suggesting.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 05/01/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Crazy Is Here

Well written article. I think we should all assume that Frieman is not so Ethnocentric, but Aimee Mann (a pretty artistic Richmond Native) had something to say about the human tendency to want to save others:

You look like... a perfect fit,
For a girl (city?) in need... of a tourniquet.
But can you save me?
Come on and save me...
If you could save me,
From the ranks of the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone.

- Middle two verses omitted

Come on and save me...
Why don't you save me?
If you could save me,
From the ranks of the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone,
Except the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone,
Except the freaks,
Who could never love anyone.

Posted by Richard Rumrill on 04/08/2014 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Material World

Amazing. No-one is talking about permanently 'green spacing' the whole bottom or devoting the area 'fully to historical preservation' yet folks like Fan tastic are quick to create a straw man out of such mis-representations. Fan tastic defines irrationality by resorting to a straw man who knows nothing of economics or heritage tourism, and then labels anyone who would ask a question about the economics of baseball in the bottom or archeology as this straw man.

Posted by Richard Rumrill on 03/13/2014 at 10:47 PM

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