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Re: “OPINION: Ongoing Problems

It is corruption, plain and simple. City employees are stealing money. It is incomprehensible that the city does not have a firm limit on overtime employment claims. And now it refuses to provide complete records--no doubt to cover up the full extent of the scandal. How does a man get charged with stealing $73,000 worth of gas from Richmond Public Schools end up working for the Public Works Dept. The place is a cesspool. Let's see if Stoney addresses this problem--but then corruption and incompetence has been a problem with city employees for a /long/ time.

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Posted by kazoo on 11/12/2019 at 7:51 AM

Re: “OPINION: Right Project, Right Time

The mayor conveniently forgets to mention that this project would involve city taxpayers financing a big /private development/. That's not the way development normally works. What's more, the estimates the promoters throw out ($1 billion in revenue!, thousands of jobs!) are completely pie in the sky--the numbers could be far, far, lower. They are self-serving numbers. What's more, as I understand it and correct me if I'm wrong, the city will LOSE general revenues over the long course of paying for this project: a significant chunk of general revenues will go to paying off the bonds, which means there will be less money for city services. Is this true or not? We should always be skeptical of projects like this in which a lone development groups slips in the back door of City Hall and, in a back room, negotiates a deal with the city.

The poster above makes an interesting point about downtown commercial assessments that have not gone up in years. If true, what's the reason?

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Posted by kazoo on 11/07/2019 at 7:37 AM

Re: “OP-ED: Same Old Story

Ms. Wolf here is just rehashing her many justifiable complaints of the past. It's no surprise that RPS ranks low on most academic measures; the city has a high poverty rate--maybe the highest in the state--and poverty/family problems are a major cause of educational problems: 'Twas always so. The endless schools issue is, at root, not about teachers or spending but rather about jobs, economic growth in the city and family stability. Build new schools as you can, certainly, hire more good teachers, if the city can afford to, but they aren't the solution to the poverty/family dysfunction problems, which create the academic problems. And cities have been grappling with the poverty problem for 60 years. The most tangible thing that the city/state can do is to work to bring more companies and more jobs to Richmond. Don't waste money on so-called anti-poverty programs that accomplish little to nothing. Sell RVA has a good place for business. More jobs and income have carry-on benefits that show up in stronger family units and young kids in a better position to learn.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/16/2019 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Under Construction

When in doubt...yet another apartment building! Why not build some nice townhouses that people can own? There are apartments /everywhere/.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/03/2019 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Power Vacuum

I know the activists are well-meaning, and I get their concern for residents--but when it comes to redevelopment, or "revitalization," they're always trying to square a circle. Their message here seems to be: "We want to improve the Hull Street corridor--but we'd prefer to keep the white people with money out." In other words, make it nicer, low-income area, eh? I think it's a cold, hard fact that revitalization generally involves gentrification--more or less; without it, you aren't really going to have a revitalized Hull Street--and no area is more desperate for change than Hull Street (followed by the Williamsburg Road corridor). One goes with the other. To think otherwise is naive. One of the big problems with the RVA is that it's got a very high percentage of low-income residents. That restricts the tax base, which in turn restricts services. RVA needs to grow or attract more middle-income residents. How to do that? One way is to attract more companies to the city that offer decent paying jobs, so that poor residents might have a chance to make more money and move up the financial ladder. The other thing that is needed is more neighborhoods with features that appeal to middle-income couples and families--houses, condos, townhouses (need more of them and fewer apartments), businesses, shops, schools. That ultimately means turning sketchy areas into much nicer areas. If, demographically, you don't want to change Richmond--which seems to be the basic message here--then its very hard to see how we'll ever get a better Richmond.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/02/2019 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Mayor Fires Chief Administrative Officer

Good work. Hard to believe this kind of corruption can STILL be found in City Hall. Some things never change.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/24/2019 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Closing Time

Sad development--we like Pearl. I love the PR-speak in these "coming soon" press releases.

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Posted by kazoo on 08/29/2019 at 6:31 PM

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