Daniel B. Shoop 
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Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

@Terry, the article clearly states that this could be a temporary solution until a full restoration can be funded. The notoriety alone for receiving a gift from such a well known theatre/international film festival brings with it the cache to raise visibility for the Byrd Theatre. If you consider the long term financial benefits that could be derived from this, they don't look so bad.

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 03/20/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

@Noah, I agree with your sentiment to a point; however, I highly doubt The theatre in Cannes would be willing to donate these seats if the assumption was that the Byrd Foundation would immediately sell them. Just a thought.

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 03/20/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Inside Baseball

@Julius Seizure, there are details abound regarding the Shockoe Bottom Plan. Please read here to your heart's content: ftp://ftp.ci.richmond.va.us/City%20Clerk/FinanceAndEconomicDevelopmentStandingCommittee/11212013_Finance%20Presentation%20Binder.pdf

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 03/10/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Inside Baseball

"Three Strikes", how about you have some integrity and use your real name as opposed to hiding behind a false moniker. Secondly, you do yourself and your position a disservice by stooping to name calling (i.e. "line-towing lackey"). Lastly, your comment below makes absolutely no point. It is an economic development plan with the baseball stadium as the core. Kroger, Hyatt and the developers building the apartments have all said it is the piece that glues the entire project together. Those aren't my words, but the words of the developers (i.e. the ones who are putting up the money). "How does an economic plan that includes six points: hotel, grocery, apartment, parking, slavery museum, and baseball - be a plan at all since 5 of the 6 points will happen without the plan? Isn't it a baseball plan?" Personally, I always hesitate to judge another man/woman's wisdom; however, in this case, your lack of said wisdom is clearly evident. Do not get me wrong, I am not questioning your character, but simply your lack of understanding of basic business principles.

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 03/10/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Inside Baseball

With all due respect, @Three Strikes, what you detail above as "Economic Development" is no such thing. Don't get me wrong, I am fully supportive of a downtown trolley, increased bicycle accdess, etc.; however, these are not investments that are part of a specific "Economic Development Plan". What you seem to fail to grasp is that true economic development raises tax revenue, both from retail sales, increased real estate taxes, hotel occupancy taxes, etc. In turn, these increased revenues pay for the projects you listed above. You're putting the cart before the horse, @Three Strikes.

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 03/10/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Dragging Mom Into the Ballpark Debate?

Susan, just so I fully understand, you believe that bars, tattoo parlors, empty parking lots, etc. are more appropriate to honor the horrific slave trading that existed there? Putting all other issues to the side, that argument does not hold water. If, as a country, or even most of Europe for that matter, we. did not develop property where horrific atrocities occurred in the past, then many cities throughout the world would have to cease all growth. Why not work together with our city's leadership and the business community to make this project work for the benefit of all citizens. Leadership is not defined by merely listening to the loudest in the room, nor following the latest poll. We need bold and brave leaders to grasp this opportunity and burnish our city's reputation as one which recognizes our storied, complex and, at times, painful history, while also seeking creative solutions to better our city as a place to live, work and play. To paraphrase from Walt Whitman: The powerful play goes on and THIS is our opportunity to contribute a verse. P.S. For the record, I am a big supporter of Jon Baliles.

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 02/26/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Throwing Fastballs

I won't begin to debate the merits of the proposal, as others have done a wonderful job doing so previously. What it will comment on is the utter lack of respectful discourse by those who oppose the Shockoe Bottom Development. @Len Swipes and @Scott Burger, you lessen the credibility of your arguments when you resort to demagoguery. "Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." - Desmond Tutu

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Posted by Daniel B. Shoop on 02/12/2014 at 10:35 AM

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