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Re: “Flying Frustrated

Richmond's promise was a three-way deal to build a stadium with the counties. The counties dropped out. That's on them. The city has no obligation to pay for the counties' broken promises. Eighty percent of the Squirrels' fans live in the counties. If they want baseball to stay, they can build their own stadium.

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Posted by bridgallen on 06/14/2015 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Flying Frustrated

Some Richmonders find it tacky when wealthy sports moguls from out of state--two league officials and a team owner--ride into town with guns blazing and demand we build them a new stadium on the backs of the city's poor. They come off as arrogant and entitled. Would these gentlemen behave that way in their own home towns?

Mr. DiBella's hope for a new ballpark was doomed the minute he threw his support behind the mayor's plan to build a stadium in Historic Shockoe Bottom. Richmond will not bankroll a stadium so our richer county neighbors can spend their tax dollars on schools and roads. Three city council members said this week they will oppose the city building a stadium without regional support.

We should say good-bye to Mr. DiBella and wish him well. Richmond will find another team or maybe the city should buy one of its own and keep the profits.

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Posted by bridgallen on 06/12/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Shine on the Diamond

The structural engineer who built the Diamond, Thomas Hanson, says the stadium was constructed to last 100 years. It still has 70 years of useful life and will outlast three stadia like the one the mayor wants to build.

For those who are unmoved by its architecture, the Diamond has other advantages: it is already there, and it is paid for. The Flying Squirrels lead the eastern division in attendance. Fans love going to games at the Diamond. There is no good reason to spend tax dollars on a new stadium when the one we have is so successful.

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Posted by bridgallen on 05/13/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The Shine on the Diamond

The best description of the Diamond I have ever seen. Thank you, Emma.…

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Posted by bridgallen on 05/12/2015 at 9:19 PM

Re: “After seven decades, Don Warner Music closes as Richmond says hello to a new kid in town.

I took my first guitar lessons from Vic Ganderson at the Libbie Avenue store in 1964 at age 13, then studied classical there with Jimmy Moore. Don Sr. always greeted me when I came in. Don Jr. started Amps and Axes next door, a very hip place. The Warners are a Richmond institution. I'm lucky to be part of it, and I wish them well.

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Posted by bridgallen on 12/30/2014 at 8:36 PM

Re: “City Restaurant Owners Sour on Stone Brewing Deal

This deal is the worst kind of corporate welfare. General obligation bonds were designed to be used for public infrastructure improvements, police, fire, parks, and schools. Using GO bonds to bankroll private developers is an abuse of the system.

Giving tax dollars to private business so they can make money to generate tax dollars is a Ponzi scheme. The trickle-down theory was discredited years ago, yet the EDA continues to swear by it. The "jobs" created by Stone Brewery are temporary construction jobs and mostly low-wage positions that add little to the local economy.

The city even admits the best we can hope to do is break even, and it will take 30 years to do that if we're lucky and if Stone is still here. The city made the same promises about 6th Street Marketplace and the Redskins training camp, both financial failures.

When the city bulldozed the entire Fulton neighborhood in 1970, it was an act of community genocide. Richmond owes Fulton a greater debt than a publicly funded brewery could possibly repay. If the mayor cared about Fulton he would take some of those millions marked for a private California brewer and use that money to improve the neighborhood and its infrastructure.

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Posted by bridgallen on 12/05/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “City Restaurant Owners Sour on Stone Brewing Deal

The Stone deal is a substitute for the failed stadium scam. And the players are the same: the EDA, Hourigan, Timmons, and so on (the same people also cashed in on the publicly funded Redskins training camp, another disaster for the taxpayers). The mayor won't help our existing restaurants because there is no opportunity for corporate welfare. His cronies will get millions in public funds for the Stone restaurant but nothing for helping local businesses. The Stone deal will cannibalize existing restaurants, especially in the Slip and Bottom. But the city doesn't care. This deal is about freebies for developers who are connected.

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Posted by bridgallen on 12/05/2014 at 8:47 AM

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