paul hammond 
Member since May 21, 2009

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Re: “OPINION: Right Project, Right Time


Your saying the arena will fail because we don't have a subway? Come on. One reason we don't have good mass transit is because Richmond DOESN'T have a traffic problem. Anyone who has lived in a city that does can tell you that. Everyday tens of thousands of Richmonders drive in and out of downtown with very little drama. Most events would start in the evening after rush hour or on weekends. The old coliseum has already handled many sold out shows. . Sure someone could build an arena in the outer suburbs, but that is exactly what we want to prevent. We want people coming into the city, not leaving it. Most cities that matter build their facilities in the urban core, not the outer fringes. Those who don't are significantly less dynamic.

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Posted by paul hammond on 11/09/2019 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Keeping the Faith

How could this story be written without one mention of John Shuck?

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Posted by paul hammond on 03/13/2019 at 12:27 AM

Re: “What’s Next?

There's a lot less unity on this issue than is being portrayed. Democrats are eager to throw Northam under the bus to save their own jobs and national Democrats are simply trying to save the party's identity as the champion of minorities. On the flip side radicals and activist groups with their own agendas are getting outsized attention calling for Northam's resignation. Average people are more circumspect. I have spoken to a lot of people, black and white, who think it's ridiculous to condemn a man on a 35 year old photo that may or may not belong to the Governor. Yearbook editors are notorious for sabotaging yearbook pages. I can't imagine Northam posing as either one of these characters. The ones calling for his resignation are the same ones who most stand to benefit. Now Fairfax is revealing his true character and espousing conspiracies that are sabotaging his opportunity to become the second black governor of Virginia. Herring lost all credibility when he called for Northam's resignation all the while knowing he was guilty of the same act. Now he is issuing pages of apologies and groveling to keep his job. The Democratic leadership has no one but themselves to blame for this PR disaster. I wonder what they'll say if Northam is a victim of a prank and the yearbook pic is not his. This should be interesting to watch.

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Posted by paul hammond on 02/07/2019 at 5:11 PM

Re: “COMMENTARY: A reconfiguring of the 17th Street Farmers’ Market is all about flexibility

According to Enrichmond there will be a weekly market there on Thursdays. The very successful market at Forest Hill Park also takes place in a parking lot.…

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Posted by paul hammond on 01/03/2019 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Photos of the Year

Native R: Take notice that over half the pictures included are of demonstrations and activists supporting liberal causes. Antifa was already overrepresented on Style Weekly's cover pages.

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Posted by paul hammond on 12/20/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “BridgePark and Beyond: The bold plan to reconnect downtown, Manchester and the riverfront

Last I noticed we already have a brand new bridge park connecting Manchester and the riverfront, the hugely successful T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge. I don't think this is a wheel that needs reinventing. This is a pie in the sky project where everybody sat down and said "Wouldn't it be cool if..." without any consideration of what we can afford or need. I'd rather we took better care of the parks we have and in particular add better security to the Belle Island footbridge, particularly during summertime nights and weekend. The place has taken a real turn for the worse.

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Posted by paul hammond on 12/07/2018 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Grocery Gains

Milk, eggs and bread would be a nice addition.

Posted by paul hammond on 10/22/2018 at 1:20 PM

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