Charles Pool 
Member since Mar 15, 2013

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Re: “The Kaiser’s Pen Pal

Thank you, Ed Slipek, for this great column with the wonderful Robert Willis! I am grateful for Willis' encyclopedic memory that was instrumental in saving the 1817 Jacob House, formerly at 610 W. Cary Street in Oregon Hill. Willis' Duesberry relations lived in the house in the late 19th century along with their relation-by-marriage, Eugene Crehen, a noted Civil War illustrator. Willis generously provided period 19th century photographs of the Jacob House that helped us to document the great integrity of the building, along with a humorous family history called, "Please Pass the Duesberrys." Robert Willis is a Richmond treasure!

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Posted by Charles Pool on 09/13/2018 at 4:47 PM

Re: “COMMENTARY: Planners for the Proposed 100-unit Apartment Building, 805W, on West Cary Should Go Back to the Drawing Board

Many thanks to Ed Slipek for his very astute commentary! Two of the historic houses on this block were the original 1830s buildings constructed by Benjamin W. Green, the namesake of Green Alley.

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Posted by Charles Pool on 03/15/2018 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Maggie Walker Memorial Could Cost $1 Million, Process Questioned

How about this practical idea: move the Bojangles sculpture to Broad and Brook, (more appropriate for the arts district). This small but lively sculpture could be accommodated without removing the century-old tree or closing Brook Road.

Erect a notable sculpture to Maggie Walker in the more appropriate location in Jackson Ward (where the Bojangles sculpture now stands) on the same street and within two blocks of the NPS Maggie Walker home site.

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Posted by Charles Pool on 07/08/2016 at 9:53 AM

Re: “The Crowded Halls of Power

A key point in the good article is the difference in reception that the Dominion lobbyists would receive while they were handing out goodies to the legislators. Those who are familiar with Augusta and Nelson Counties realize that the pipeline would line the pockets of Dominion executives while scarring a very environmentally significant area.

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Posted by Charles Pool on 04/09/2015 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Building a Compromise

If City Council approves this 15 story tower, how could they stop another tower from being built next door. It would be the end of a famous view.

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Posted by Charles Pool on 07/16/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Transfer Hell

Thanks to Ed for this expose -- I accessed the "trip planner" on the GRTC web site to help a friend find the bus schedule so she could visit her daughter in the hospital. As it turns out, the "trip planner" on the GRTC website is totally inaccurate! It showed buses every 40 minutes on the weekend between her street stop and the hospital when in fact there were no buses on the weekend at this location. It is as though GRTC is doing everything possible to discourage riding the bus.

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Posted by Charles Pool on 07/09/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Shaky Ground

As written by Delegate Richard Anderson (who is chair of the General Assembly Military and Veteran Caucus, and Va. War Memorial Board of Trustees member) in a Sept. 6, 2013 correspondence to the City Planning Commission: "From my perspective, the potential for noise and parking congestion from the proposed amphitheater would adversely impact the solemnity and dignity of the Virginia War Memorial. I urge that serious consideration be given to another venue for construction of the amphitheater in deference to the War Memorial."

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Posted by Charles Pool on 01/29/2014 at 1:54 PM

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