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Re: “Why Sweet Briar Is Closing

Emilyandhercats, I'm sorry, it might be your opinion, but it's wrong. I'm an engineer, working in Virginia and Maryland for almost 15 years. I have worked directly with engineering graduates from Sweet Briar. They have been excellent, hard-working, and possibly even better prepared for the workplace than graduates from other Virginia and Maryland public engineering schools.

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Posted by Aaron on 03/05/2015 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Floyd Ave. Bike Boulevard Approved, Coming This Spring

"It is a feel-good project with no real tangible benefits: that's a fact"
"I'm quite sure that 99 percent of them need their cars"

Those are called opinions, not facts, and they are not the same thing.

Jake's comment is not completely dumb. In fact, my wife and I moved to Richmond 3 years ago and made the decision to sell one car and only keep one. Of course we had to make some adjustments to how we managed some things day to day, but it has definitely worked out quite well for us. I doubt we are the only people in the city who only have one car in their household. Improved biking infrastructure would certainly encourage others to make similar choices.

How can you complain about too much sprawl, and also seem to be against improving biking infrastructure, which is one of the things that help bring people back into the city?

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Posted by Aaron on 02/26/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Floyd Ave. Bike Boulevard Approved, Coming This Spring

But, Fan Guy, the people who live on Floyd are more concerned about losing a few illegal parking spaces than emergency vehicle response time. They're whose toes are being stepped on by your frivolous concerns.

This plan has been so watered down that it may neither encourage more cycle traffic, nor discourage vehicular traffic. Safety would be far more improved for pedestrians, cyclists, AND motorists if the city simply enforced the EXISTING LAW regarding not parking within 20 feet of an intersection. This would also have zero detrimental effect on emergency response times, in fact, it might improve them.

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Posted by Aaron on 02/24/2015 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Activists Threaten to Stage “International Protest” at Bike Race

"Hey, we want city council to address a bunch of issues, so lets make it so they can't get anything done in their meetings"

Wow, brilliant plan there. And how does threatening to protest the bike race move these causes forward? There might be some good issues there worth trying to effect some change, but this is a pretty poor approach to accomplishing anything. Order isn't going to come from chaos.

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Posted by Aaron on 01/13/2015 at 12:55 PM

Re: “City Restaurant Owners Sour on Stone Brewing Deal

A lot of the complaints here seem to indicate a lack of understanding on how economic development works. I get the restaurant owner's complaints, but they have to ask: "Did someone else build a building for my restaurant that I now pay rent to?" In almost every case, the answer will be yes. If so, this deal to build a restaurant for Stone is exactly the same as what most of these restaurant owners have. Except their buildings are probably privately owned. So the city owns property, and just like any private developer, has every right to invest in that property in a way that they feel will give the best return on investment. They build a new restaurant, and in return, Stone commits to a long-term lease that will pay for the loan the city gets to build said restaurant. Plus, the citizens of the city benefit from the new jobs, and tax revenue from sales and increased property values. Those increases in revenue are what help the city spend more money on schools, roads, public safety, etc. People need to understand and recognize that this isn't some kind of corporate welfare, but rather a good economic investment from which the citizens will reap the benefits. Plus tasty beer!

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Posted by Aaron on 12/05/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “REVIEW: "Book of Mormon" at Altria Theater

Actually, it was "General Butt F*#king Naked", big difference.

And what was very clear in the advertisements was that this play was written by the creators of South Park, so unless you've somehow never heard anything about that show in the 18 years it's been on the air, I'd say there was nothing near false advertising.

Considering the smiles I saw on peoples faces after the performance and the fact that this show has been selling out on Broadway and on the road for years, I doubt very many people feel their money was stolen.

Maybe spend a minute on the internet before you buy a ticket to a play to make sure it's something you'd like.

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Posted by Aaron on 11/10/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Fur Flies Over Dog Park Rules

The fact that three people have had bone breaking injuries, and Mr. Hill himself has been bitten 4 times speaks to the fact that there is an underlying problem beyond the safety of children. It sounds like it's not safe for adults either. From my experience at that park there are too many dogs who are poorly socialized and too many of their owners are more focused on their human socialization than making sure their dogs are behaving appropriately.

I suspect this overly aggressive board member recognizes that his beloved dog park is one dog bite/human injury away from a park-closing lawsuit. My veterinarian says he treats many injured dogs from Barker Field and generally recommends against taking dogs there.

An age limit restriction is just putting a band-aid on the problem. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how you fix it.

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Posted by Aaron on 10/21/2014 at 5:43 PM

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