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Re: “After seven decades, Don Warner Music closes as Richmond says hello to a new kid in town.

I took my first guitar lessons from Vic Ganderson at the Libbie Avenue store in 1964 at age 13, then studied classical there with Jimmy Moore. Don Sr. always greeted me when I came in. Don Jr. started Amps and Axes next door, a very hip place. The Warners are a Richmond institution. I'm lucky to be part of it, and I wish them well.

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Posted by bridgallen on 12/30/2014 at 8:36 PM

Re: “City Restaurant Owners Sour on Stone Brewing Deal

This deal is the worst kind of corporate welfare. General obligation bonds were designed to be used for public infrastructure improvements, police, fire, parks, and schools. Using GO bonds to bankroll private developers is an abuse of the system.

Giving tax dollars to private business so they can make money to generate tax dollars is a Ponzi scheme. The trickle-down theory was discredited years ago, yet the EDA continues to swear by it. The "jobs" created by Stone Brewery are temporary construction jobs and mostly low-wage positions that add little to the local economy.

The city even admits the best we can hope to do is break even, and it will take 30 years to do that if we're lucky and if Stone is still here. The city made the same promises about 6th Street Marketplace and the Redskins training camp, both financial failures.

When the city bulldozed the entire Fulton neighborhood in 1970, it was an act of community genocide. Richmond owes Fulton a greater debt than a publicly funded brewery could possibly repay. If the mayor cared about Fulton he would take some of those millions marked for a private California brewer and use that money to improve the neighborhood and its infrastructure.

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Posted by bridgallen on 12/05/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “City Restaurant Owners Sour on Stone Brewing Deal

The Stone deal is a substitute for the failed stadium scam. And the players are the same: the EDA, Hourigan, Timmons, and so on (the same people also cashed in on the publicly funded Redskins training camp, another disaster for the taxpayers). The mayor won't help our existing restaurants because there is no opportunity for corporate welfare. His cronies will get millions in public funds for the Stone restaurant but nothing for helping local businesses. The Stone deal will cannibalize existing restaurants, especially in the Slip and Bottom. But the city doesn't care. This deal is about freebies for developers who are connected.

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Posted by bridgallen on 12/05/2014 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Two-Fisted Poet

One of Lester's achievements was coining the phrase "Shockoe Bottom," a neologism that will likely outlast much of his poetry. Historian Jeffrey Ruggles was present at the time and has documented the moment when Lester strung together the two words "Shockoe" and "Bottom" in 1979-80. Part of Lester's legacy is that he christened a neighborhood, and the name stuck, a feat any poet would envy.

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Posted by bridgallen on 11/26/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “CenterStage Tax Forgiveness Complicates Hardywood Bill

Beating up on a local brewer after giving Stone Breweries a free ride is worse than tone deaf, it's political suicide. Council president Samuels needs to make this nightmare go away if he wants to be re-elected.

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Posted by bridgallen on 11/08/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Retracing Steps

Why do we look at our heritage through the lens of economic development? Why is Shockoe Bottom regarded as an opportunity rather than a place? It's our history, we should honor it, and we should do it for us. The notion that our history must turn a profit in order to be legitimate is repulsive.

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Posted by bridgallen on 11/05/2014 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Full Circle

Are you suggesting that the Wason poll is obsolete? It's only eight months old. I'd love for them to do another poll. After all of the recent blunders I believe the current 25% approval rating in the city would drop even lower.

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Posted by bridgallen on 08/05/2014 at 5:03 PM

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