Richard Rumrill 
Member since Dec 5, 2013

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Re: “City of Splendor: It's Richmond's Scars That Make It Beautiful

Well said. Peace does not come from shiny things, but often in hard situations.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 05/29/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “City Reveals Maggie Walker Statue Plans

Agree about the small shrubs, a complete waste of space that could be used for people. Perhaps if the existing tree were moved about 10' NE to the northeast corner of the plaza, it would be a great backdrop for the statue and still provide shade. Poor and dated landscape architecture would not honor Maggie Walker, and without something like crepe myrtles in Boxes or trees lining Broad, the 'plaza' would not feel safe for pedestrians. Hope there isn't a politics imposed construction date on this, she belongs there, but it is a beautiful yet tough spot. Main problem with existing tree is it is in some kind of bizarre '80 era planter box that is 18" off the ground. Adding pedestrian access all around the tree would require possibly fatal root removal.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 02/22/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Maggie Walker’s Biggest Fan Says Oak Must Go

People are correct about moving the monument to Abner Clay, but the monument is that tree which is a monument to car culture. Originally the horse fountain now near Bojangles statue was there, but when car culture took over lone pine park was created to soften the view for folks in cars. Maggie walker worked for and with people, that tree functions more as green space eye candy that gives no room for pedestrians, especially as the tree is on that odd pedestal which could only be some kind of crash barrier so cars wouldn't hit the tree. Good news is that the 2,000 folks who took time to sign a petition to save the tree have the ability of contributing $10-$20 apiece to safely move this tree!

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 01/15/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Ideas Continue for Park Over River

Wow. This article in no way implied that the funding would be primarily from the city and yet there is a cry that economics are always zero-sum and this can only be done if schools are sacrificed. A couple refreshing things about this plan. 1. This group is working hard on an appropriate plan and they are already looking into the idea of a site besides the railroad piers. 2. Despite sig's concern that the site will be overrun by folks who aren't in the office enough, such a public space would be available to all, not just sports spectators, consumers, or the lovers of 'high' music and dance. 3. The planners are considering the context of their work, they realize that the Potterfield dam walk could enhance this project, or perhaps it is too close so the Manchester bridge would be better. 4. There is no rah-rah talk about how many visitors the site will draw and how that will instantly provide tax revenue which the city will spend responsibly.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 11/05/2014 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Gov. McAuliffe “Very Supportive” of Shockoe Ballpark

World class economic development has statewide advantages, minor league baseball and shopping are not going to bring anyone from out of state. If the governor thinks this is good economic development he will revive the idea that Democrats are pretty bad at business. Mark Warner should sit down and talk to McAuliffe about this.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 09/23/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Retail Therapy

Very nicely written piece. With all the hyperbole in many arguments about where to put a baseball field, this is a reminder to both sides that it is quite complicated. Whole Foods is an interesting part of this equation, particularly as they do their market research very carefully and I believe they will be locating in a building eligible for historic tax credits. The 'Sauer Center' is likely to have a very interesting and indigenous character, and will put pressure on the Boulevard development to be unique. In the long run this will help the Boulevard, but in the short run it would likely alter the math of the Richmond office of central planning.

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Posted by Richard Rumrill on 05/06/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Richmonders Try to Explain Bike Racing

Screaming at/with Europeans, words to watch a race by! Judging by how much coverage was about the inconvenience to cars, there will be many cultural differences to overcome to make this the best possible event. I'm not sure that open container laws fit real well with bike racing, it would be like watching baseball in a dry stadium!

Posted by Richard Rumrill on 05/05/2014 at 3:49 PM

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