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Re: “Staying Put

So just to get this straight, in your professional opinion, the best thing about this Rebkee rendering of the Blvd is that it isn't in Shockoe and it's made of brick. And the reason you like the brick is that there are other brick buildings nearby that look kind of like this one. Is this the sort of crackerjack architectural analysis that we should expect? The reason that city council member commented that this Rebkee thing "doesn't address the [slave] heritage site at all, nor does it address the benefits of funding for our schools, jobs and taxes," is because it doesn't address those things, and they are important.

The whole point of developing that part of the bottom is that it makes possible, both economically and structurally not only the addition of two new residential buildings that couldn't be built without the added vehicle access above the 100 year floodplain. Also without large scale there is virtually no way that any part of Shockoe bottom will be subjected to a complete section 106 review if it is developed peace meal with private money. Hence the concerns about actually making the most of the opportunity to actually build and fund any sort of decent slavery site. The whole point of the bottom is that if they put the ballpark down there then you have the whole blvd site to steal our retail consumers back from the counties. Some half cocked suburban scale stadium with surface parking is just flat out not making the most of what we have. Setting city revenue aside, why in hell would we want to choose something like the Rebkee plan, when we could have a full two parts of our city that could benefit and become catalysts for urban density, and increased incentive for public transportation, and economic activity?

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Posted by lowrisesecurityf2ab on 07/22/2014 at 8:10 PM

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