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Re: “Why Are Richmonders Such Wusses About Snow?

1. Lots of hills: more difficult in snow.
2. Lack of practice: driving in snow is an acquired skill.
3. Automatic transmissions: less driver control than with manual transmissions.
4. All-wheel drive: raises testosterone levels but not skill levels.

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Posted by dpirwin on 01/21/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Lucca Enoteca Pizzeria Opens on East Grace Street

My wife and I had dinner at brand-new Luna Enoteca the other night, and it was wonderful -- excellent beet/greens/goat cheese salad, tender grilled bronzino, tasty ravioli, and rich chocolate/cherry torte for dessert. Imaginative, reasonably priced wine list and good coffee, too. And expert service. This is a restaurant worth supporting in a really important place -- right across the street from the Carpenter/Dominion Theatre. Good entertainment and good food go together in creating a real theatre district. I hope the theatre holds up its end of the bargain in scheduling enough good shows to help draw people downtown on a regular basis. In the meantime, this restaurant deserves support, with or apart from theatre events.
ps -- We also ordered a take-out margarita pizza for our daughter, who was occupied with homework. She fancies herself a connoisseur. She devoured it and pronounced it excellent.

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Posted by dpirwin on 01/15/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “City Gets Deal on New Bike Lanes

Take anything we can get to enhance bike lanes.
I wonder what the basis is for John Watkins' assertion that bike users don't pay their fair share of taxes? I have two cars, which are taxed; I pay state income tax. I'd like to ride my bike more in Richmond and would if it were safer. And certainly, bikes cause less wear and tear on roads than cars. Where is the problem?

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Posted by dpirwin on 03/10/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Market Shift

Union Station and 30th Street Station both work because they are in fact the principal hub stations for train networks in cities far larger than Richmond, and support both inter-city and commuter train (or subway) traffic. Richmond's train network and traffic are far lower, and there is not the same downtown draw toward Main Street Station. Indeed, most of what train traffic there is in Richmond passes through the Staples Mill station, which is about as far from downtown as the airport. Unless Main Street can be made to replace Staples Mill as the hub (a great idea -- but how?), or unless the Main Street market concept can be generously supported by residents in the immediate neighborhood -- a dubious proposition -- it bids fair to be a doomed proposition, I fear. I wish it were not so.

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Posted by dpirwin on 01/27/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Urban Design Committee Turns on Floyd Avenue Bike Proposal

In response to Sirena Sparkles: Problem with Hanover is that it's too short -- only 13 blocks long, doesn't go all the way to Monroe Park at east end, adn dead-ends at Boulevard, thus isn't a gateway from West End. Problem with Park is that it's so narrow that it's not usable by bicycles and cars at the same time; and is so badly paved that it's a hazard to anything that doesn't use balloon tires. Floyd's no busier than either of them and is less congested than Grove. And for those who like Floyd quiet, my guess is that a properly designed bicycle path would give through-traffic drivers an incentive to use other roads, thus reducing congestion on Floyd.

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Posted by dpirwin on 01/13/2015 at 6:53 PM

Re: “2015 Race Pushes City Bike Plans Along

Progress on developing safe bike paths in Richmond is really heartening. The Floyd Avenue connector, though, is critical to making cycling feasible between downtown and the west end; I hope it is approved.

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Posted by dpirwin on 07/01/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “The Curveball

The Boulevard proposal, if it pans out as advertised, has many advantages over the Shockoe plan: (1) it's conveniently located, near the current Diamond (a location heavily preferred by real fans actually attending real Squirrels games), (2) it doesn't involve a forced jumble of conflicting, controversial goals, (3) it doesn't involve taxpayers' money and thus lessens the invitation to political manipulation from City Hall (or Council), (4) its immediate neighborhood isn't bitterly divided over it (by contrast, Shockoe Bottom looks like a First Amendment war zone these days), (5) adequate parking is in fact available on the Boulevard (and it could be high-rise, if the area were being densely developed). I frankly don't give a hoot how long anyone in the Mayor's office or Council has known about the proposal (though if the Mayor's been stonewalling meeting with the developer, that invites explanation). What I do care about is that the process get moving before the Squirrels, a good ball club that deserves a stable environment in which to operate, concludes that this city is simply a hopeless basket case and pulls the plug on us.

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Posted by dpirwin on 05/01/2014 at 9:47 PM

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