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Re: “Does Downtown Richmond Have a Parking Problem?

Seriously, the people who complained in this article about the parking have likely never lived or experienced parking in another city. I work downtown on Capital Square and park 7 blocks away in Shockoe Bottom for free every day. For those less mobile, there are lots everywhere and 2 hour parking is abundant on Bank, Main, and Cary. Parking is free and unlimited most places downtown after 6 and on weekends so if I want to go to Penny Lane Pub, I can literally park anywhere with ease.

VCU's Monroe Campus is the most challenging area to park at least during the week but even then, I can park in Oregon Hill or off Leigh St and walk to most places.

I understand the need for some people to park in front of their destination but that means you need to a. pay b. come early and find parking or c. realize you're in a city and this is not always possible.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 08/09/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Opposing Rallies Converge on Capitol Square

TANSTAAFL, you make a good point that executive orders are not technically laws although they can certainly change laws and the scope of their power in regards to the law has broadened over the last few years. Perhaps not insulting me would be a better way to have a fruitful discussion. The executive order under Roosevelt was enforced by the law but you are right that they are not technically synonymous.

PackFan, I appreciate your sentiment but your statements aren't facts. I don't advocate that the US take in everyone but that they have a nuanced immigration policy that provides comprehensive review of individual circumstances before taking punitive action. Your analogy of the restaurant doesn't really work once you start to account for immigrants that were brought here by their families and lived here their whole life or those that are working and contributing members of our society. In your analogy, if parents brought their child and left them at your restaurant, I would hope you'd have the heart to provide some level of care or attention to them.

In regards to laws, they are subject to interpretation and different ways of enforcement. Do you jaywalk, speed in your vehicle sometimes, or do things that are prohibited by any number of exceedingly archaic Virginia laws? Should they always be enforced or are they subject to circumstance? I'm advocating for a nuanced policy that takes into account different situations to ensure that those individuals that contribute to our society and/or have families or dependents that would severely suffer are not universally subject to deportation.

Posted by atliens3737 on 03/09/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Opposing Rallies Converge on Capitol Square

PackFan, I appreciate the question for clarification but no that's not what I'm saying. I'm referring to the backlogs particularly for Visas from Central America and there are applications still being reviewed from 25 years ago by the Dept of State. There are estimates as high as a 100 years for visas from certain countries to be processed. What I'm saying is, it's impossible for many undocumented immigrants to actually go through the proper channels for visas, citizenship, or refugee status.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 03/08/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Opposing Rallies Converge on Capitol Square

Amamau, Liz, Deportillegals; It should be noted that Japanese internment was an executive order, aka law and yet was hugely unconstitutional and immoral. Laws can be interpreted and enforced differently. Also calling people undocumented as opposed to illegals isn't always to wash over their legal status but also to humanize them since they're human beings.

People are entitled to believe what they want but I'll leave this here. The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that undocumented immigrants contribute around $11 billion dollars a year nationally in state and local taxes as well as about $250 million in VA alone.…

Also, for those clamoring for undocumented immigrants to immigrate legally, the Dept. of State reported in 2016 that they were still processing family applications from 1992. Not a ton of choice for people desperate to improve their lives.… Backlogs

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Posted by atliens3737 on 03/07/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Architecture Review: Kanawha Plaza Reopens With a Welcomed Cleaning and Makeover

Eh, the architecture still feels pretty antiseptic. It's really monochromatic with the grey cinder blocks and looks really uninviting. Considering the money they used that was likely diverted from more important Richmond endeavors, like education, it's a pretty disappointing outcome.

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Posted by atliens3737 on 10/20/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “When Will Richmond Embrace Hip-Hop?

Great article, cool to see that there are some good hip hop artists in Richmond even though the scene has been lacking for a long time. Also, on another topic, can Richmond fix the sound when the rare big hip hop concert occurs in Richmond? I know the venues don't really care but I went to see Wu Tang and Mobb Deep over the last couple of years and I couldn't hear anything but bass anywhere I went in the venues. I feel like this has been a trend for big shows over the last few years and it's nice to hear lyrics or a beat every now and then. I tried bringing a friend to a show recently who hadn't really been to a hip hop concert and the sound was embarrassing.

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Posted by nrudney on 09/14/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “House Passes Bill to Bring Back the Electric Chair as Virginia's Default Method of Execution

Morons.....arguing that human life is sacred and that unborn should not be aborted but that we should execute people on death row in brutal fashion. I definitely don't see any hypocrisy there at all.

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Posted by nrudney on 02/12/2016 at 12:28 PM

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