Alexander McLaughlin 
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Re: “At Least They Didn't Call it Blynk

DART = Direct Access Rapid Transit

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 03/25/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “As the Bicycle Turns

Not opposed to bike share, but the numbers must work. If you dig into the DC data the ONLY reason that system is "successful" is because of the high number of tourists who do not have a membership and rent on an hourly basis. That's it. That's where the $$ is. Who is going to get off the train at Main Street Station (after taking an extra 30 minutes to get there from Staples Mill), hop on a bike, and ride up a hill in every direction except Manchester? Come on.

I bike every day. I like biking. But that doesn't mean this project shouldn't receive the same scrutiny that I give to the stadium project, or the Redskins project. Mark my words, the numbers for this will be abysmal, even if some or all of the costs are covered by a Federal grant, and the city sees "no impact"... That's still our money!

Another WSJ article: City Bike-Sharing Programs Hit Speed Bumps…

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 01/29/2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Red Flag

Where have I heard a similar theme before?

Dwight Jones, 06/17/2014: The reaction of some of those opposed [to Shockoe Stadium] reminds me of some initial reactions to the Redskins Training Camp and other economic development initiatives we developed with Bon Secours. Many did not recognize the benefit these projects would bring to our economy, but the projects have proven to be big successes.

Tammy Hawley, 07/22/2014: By any measure, we see this partnership with the Redskins and Bon Secours as a tremendous success for the city.

RTD, 12/29/2014: The Richmond Economic Development Authority has not yet determined how it will make the required $547,685 contribution to the football team for its second summer training camp in the city, according to officials.

It is time Richmond wake up to these "best thing since sliced bread" economic development projects, demand regular reporting, and hold officials accountable. Reporting that includes: initial projections for costs and revenues, updated projections for costs and revenues as the project(s) progress, and final or to-date costs and revenues as the project(s) complete.

The City's refusal to measure projects in this sense speaks volumes. Failure will happen, but we can never learn what went wrong (and what to avoid in the future) if we never quantify or measure to begin with. Economic development means community benefits over resume benefits.

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 01/13/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Facing Forward

So who can we, the denizens of Richmond, thank?

1: Jakob Helmboldt
2: Jakob Helmboldt (local welding initiative)
3: C.T. Woody (?)
4: Jakob Helmboldt
5: Jakob Helmboldt

If you are so inclined, drop him a line:

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 01/07/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Samuels Out as Council President; Clear Path for Mosby

Um, you shouldn't be spending taxpayer money to help a friend, period.

More of the same nepotism the city has tolerated for years.

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 12/10/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Stone Wins First Approval

Let's take a walk through time... Stone themselves was quoted in an RTD article on 9/11 saying they had hoped to make a decision by the end of summer. Let's say mid-August? Ok, so now a decision - BY STONE - took an extra two months, and WE get pressured to rush the details? Stone needed more time to do due diligence on a location, and when we ask the same, it's "say yes or we're leaving"?

Where would the "plan B" location even be? Columbus, where they cannot brew all of their beers due to ABV laws? Or Norfolk, where Green Flash - a major competitor of theirs - is already moving nearby? Get real. Richmond has everything the company wants for East Cost distribution and beyond: I-95, I-64, rail access, even barge access to the Port of Virginia.

We're all excited for Stone, but to try and bully Richmond into rushing a decision is the wrong move. And if there are 14 other ordinances, what happens to the equipment that "has to be sent now" if any of those fail, and the deal falls through? If anything, it seems Stone is using a single ordinance as an assumption of the total outcome. Truly the epitome of Arrogant Bastard.

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 10/28/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Inventive Routes: Class Re-Imagines Local Bus Shelters

I'm missing the shelter part of the re-imagined bus shelter.

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Posted by Alexander McLaughlin on 09/30/2014 at 3:44 PM

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