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Re: “Locking It Down

Robo is on point.

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Posted by y32cats on 12/04/2019 at 7:59 PM

Re: “15 Questions

We don't need a new arena, or an arena at all, to answer Ed's second question. I've lived here for 20 years. I've never once set foot in the Coliseum. My wife has only done so once. Very few people I know have ever gone there for anything.

Attendance at JPJ outside of UVA sports was 96000. Richmond was at 130000. The Verizon Center is at 552k minus the Wizards and Caps for 2017 figures. The developer projects attendance of 792000, more than these three arenas combined and on par with Philadelphia, Detroit, Manchester England. Won't happen. I've never seen an arena or stadium that was a moneymaker. Not even MSG in New York. We can't afford this luxury.

If we knock down the Coliseum, restore the street grid, knock down and replace the social service building, and build a transfer station, we'd have a much less expensive project that could be financed with a smaller TIF and generate as much tax revenue. The other aspects of the project can be individually negotiated with SWAM participation and affordable housing requirements.

VCU has at least 475000 square feet of office space and hundreds of student apartments going into the development. These are dependent on VCU, not the arena, for construction. They'd get built anyway.

Instead we're looking to suck most of downtown's growth into the payment of debts for as much as 30 years. Levar needs to stop this now or I will never vote for him again for anything.

We need to stop looking to silver bullet projects to "save" us and start the slow, steady work of developing properties that are useful to citizens. These fund services that are also useful to citizens.

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Posted by y32cats on 11/26/2019 at 3:26 PM

Re: “The Mindfulness Room

Realist -- This program will more than pay for itself in increased student achievement and fewer discipline problems. Your sarcasm is uncalled for. Especially when lacking documents on this program. All the other problems you cite are problems of politicians, white flight, disinvestment, and management. Not of staff members who come up with relatively small projects like this to help students and teachers who can benefit from it.

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Posted by y32cats on 11/17/2019 at 10:15 PM

Re: “The Mindfulness Room

Realist -- What documents do you have that state this will happen? This is the same sort of evidence-free criticism leveled against research-based practices that infests discussion everywhere now.

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Posted by y32cats on 11/14/2019 at 6:58 AM

Re: “The Mindfulness Room

Yoga is one possible tool kids can use to calm so they can learn more in their core classes.

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Posted by y32cats on 11/13/2019 at 11:40 PM

Re: “OPINION: Climate Chat

The only legitimate topic of discussion is the best mix of public and private solutions to solve and adapt to global warming.

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Posted by y32cats on 11/11/2019 at 9:51 PM

Re: “OPINION: Right Project, Right Time

Carletta...the new arena is not needed. If that area of downtown were developed like the rest of the city we would have more revenue with less cost.

BTW -- Hi! Long time no see! How are you since Partners and SEAC?

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Posted by y32cats on 11/11/2019 at 9:44 PM

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