Don S. O'Keefe 
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Re: “Giving Sanctuary: What We Know About Richmond’s Role in the Immigration Debate

In short, communities that are trying to do the right thing by helping people in need may soon be punished by the federal government. Undocumented immigrants have sacrificed more than most birth right citizens can know in order to enjoy the fruits of the American system; my ancestors did the same thing. And let's not forget, when the first colonists came, they didn't bring a green card, they brought small pox, slavery, and guns. Extending a helping hand to undocumented people and creating a relationship of trust is the best policy for this country, and any country, and it always will be. Creating a system that punishes communities for their compassion is not. It's that simple.

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 02/09/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “The History of Art Deco in Richmond

Deco Ristorante and Pack Fan,

Ed Slipek knows literally every art deco building in this city. He did not "miss" the buildings you mention. He obviously cannot include every deco building in a 1500 word piece. If I had to guess, I would suggest that both of these buildings were not included because they were too late chronologically and to distant stylistically (moderne) to be relevant to his theme. In the case of Deco Ristorante, it simply isn't an important example of deco architecture in Richmond. I can think of several other representative structures that were not included but would have been ahead in line. Just because it is your restaurant doesn't make it important for the piece, and its exclusion is not evidence of neglect by the journalist.

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 02/08/2017 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Richmond Is No. 1 in Craft Breweries Per Capita

6.9 restaurants per 100,000 people

10.44 craft breweries per 100,000 residents

This would mean we have more craft breweries than restaurants. It would also mean Richmond has about 15 restaurants. This cannot be the case. Perhaps 6.9 restaurants per 10,000 people? Or 1,000?

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 10/13/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “The 2016 Richmond Power List: The Economy

This is an encouraging and informative article. Thank you.

One caveat: "6-story towers." A block long six story building is a tower?

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 08/23/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “The New Skyline

A fascinating piece and a timely look at this new frontier of Richmond development. Through the words of the developers, Slipek touches on the lack of organized local opinion groups in the area and how it impacts the pace and intensity of development. Manchester is not just a comparatively open landscape physically, but socially. This openness seems to attract both developers and tenants. I look forward to seeing how they both continue to define the area.

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 07/23/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Looking Forward

This is a great institution and has been for years. A big increase in its profile and offerings is long overdue. I hope this expansion will help widen the community who visit the exhibits and engages with the programs. This is the shared history of everyone in the state of Virginia.

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 07/02/2015 at 10:12 AM

Re: “As the Bridge Turns

Fantastic. That citizens would get together and conceive a project of this scale says a lot about the growing ambitions of Richmond and the extent to which people are willing to emotionally invest in it. I love the idea of re purposing redundant auto infrastructure and, in so doing, making a statement about the future planning of the city. These people have my sincere admiration and gratitude.

Also, thanks to Mr. Slipek and Style for covering this.

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Posted by Don S. O'Keefe on 06/17/2015 at 5:13 AM

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