Jennie Dotts 
Member since Dec 31, 2013

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Re: “Relocation Explored for Doomed Tree at Maggie Walker Memorial Site

This magnificent live oak is running out of time. The City plans to destroy it very soon...don't be surprised if this happens on a holiday weekend or an early dawn when they think no one is watching.

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Posted by Jennie Dotts on 09/01/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Architecture Review: The Maggie Walker Monument Proposals Need Significant Reconsideration

Finally, serious reporting about the historic significance of Brook Rd and what will be lost with the obliteration of its gateway at Brook & Broad. Jackson Ward is like no other Richmond neighborhood for many reasons, chief among them are Maggie Walker & her contributions. It's also the character and look of the community she lived in: diagonal streets and the oddly shaped bldgs constructed around them. Uninspired and insulting best describe the current statue and plaza design. Mrs Walker was approachable and effective, not remote like the proposed design. Either ignorance or hubris explains a design that flattens a one-of-a-kind triangle into a narrow perpendicular street grid complete with suburban-style plantings that will be magnets for trash. Good God, let's start over. Hire local talent that better understands the history and characteristics of JW, our climate, and a city unable to maintain its city parks and plazas. The live oak tree and Brook Rd have survived many bad mayors. Hopefully, they will outlive this one.

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Posted by Jennie Dotts on 03/03/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “City Reveals Maggie Walker Statue Plans

The tree is an important issue, but not the only one. Too bad the reporting here has neglected the preservation aspects of this plan that are being ignored. Jackson Ward is a historic neighborhood in one of America's most historic cities. This plaza design is more befitting Stony Point Fashion Park, than a historic intersection. All it lacks is a fountain for puppies and children to splash in. Brook Rd is the oldest avenue in the Commonwealth & Richmond's first turnpike. Revolutionary and Civil War history happened here. To obliterate that road is to obscure the unique triangular configuration of the plaza and the rationale for those overlapping historic bldgs built on a diagonal. Obliterating the triangle turns this historic intersection into one more boring perpendicular traffic grid. To boot, the city is denying the Commission of Architectural Review its right to approve plaza plans. If you live on an Old & Historic District, you can't change the color of your front door without CAR approval, yet the city can irreversibly alter an entire block in this case without CAR's blessing. Mrs. Walker deserves better and so do the taxpayers who'll foot the bill for this project---if the city ever figures out what that is.

24 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Jennie Dotts on 02/23/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Jackson Ward's Landmark Oak May Be Safe

I guess those who think that Brook Rd would be more "visually appealing" if it were closed aren't concerned about the inconvenience residents and employees will have to tolerate when parking/delivery/vehicular access are denied them. Every day will be just another UCI bike race they've learn to live with. Oh, and forget the devaluation of their property. Sip another beer on the denuded plaza and tell them to stop whining. The planning commission claims this plaza has been in the works for 15 years. So why were local property owners/residents only informed last week? Hopefully, City Council will vote against closing one of VA's most historic roads and destroying a rare tree until a fully vetted and publicly approved design is in hand. If we're paying for it, we should be calling the shots.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jennie Dotts on 12/08/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Maggie Walker Statue Raises Anxiety Over Landmark Tree

Mr. Hammond and those who promote the destruction of historic Brook Rd & its live oak tree to benefit a restaurant, should consider the history of Richmond restaurants: here today, gone tomorrow. Even the best of them. I'm sure this paper's restaurant critic can substantiate this assertion. Richmond history --and its natural resources, such the live oak --belong to all of us andnot the Planning Commission, not the Mayor, not an out-of-town-unknown sculptor or similarly non-Richmond, selected-through-arcane process landscape designer. This spot, this tree, this history are too important to be altered through a process begging for transparency.

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Jennie Dotts on 12/01/2015 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Endgame

Richmond is suffused with Confederate history. Many of the people on this list lived in Richmond before and after the war. They had lives here outside of the war and they should not be circumscribed by it. For instance, the Maury monument, is dedicated to Rhe Pathfinder of the Seas, not a reference to Confederate service. Lee is a perfect example of the complexity of these personalities. He made a large contribution after the war as an educator and an reconciliator. To limit his contribution to his Civil War service, is to shortchange him and history. (Believe me, I am no apologist). The same applies to some others on this list such as Bryan, Dooley and Ginter, who helped make rebuild the South after the war. Who does not love the libraries, parks and gardens that left for us to enjoy? There is no black and white here. We can't erase a period of history that shaped who we are, hopefully for the better. I love that these relics make us think.

37 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jennie Dotts on 08/11/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “From the Shadows

Just beautiful! Congratulations, Alex.

Posted by Jennie Dotts on 06/09/2015 at 6:35 PM

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