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Re: “Tom Farrell’s $1 Billion Idea

I did laugh at the mentions of the development group hiring a (supposed) hip blogger--"I might open a coffeeshop over there!"--and Michelle Mosby. Oh, my.

The new RPS Superintendent thinks the city should raise property taxes significantly so that the school system can waste--or lose, or allow to get pilfered--more money. RVA property taxes are already very high. We're not paying more hard-earned tax dollars to the incompetents who try to manage our school system. It's always easy for people who are making big money--like the superintendent--to propose taking more money from people who make far less than he does.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/20/2018 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Tom Farrell’s $1 Billion Idea

Good story--and nice to see a piece that's not a restaurant story. (Where would Style be without its constant stream of restaurant stories?) It would have been good to get more detail from Merriman on why TIF projects in other localities have not succeeded in "promoting economic development," which is rather vague. What have been some of the issues?

There is a lot to consider in this project. Essentially, as I understand it, the city would be taking revenues from the general fund to finance the bonds. If the general fund gets smaller (or fails to rise) from the loss of property taxes from the new Dominion headquarters building (and other properties?), are city services going to be affected? What would be the general fund projections in future years? RVA city services are not very good. The streets in RVA, for example, are in bad shape and yet when do we see actual repaving? I see almost no repaving. What we get are patch-work fixes, year after year after year, instead of repaving. The point is, we wouldn't want to see already weak-to-mediocre city services get worse because the general fund has less money.

What might be the economic impact of a new coliseum? A new coliseum would be a nice thing for city residents as it could attract events--concerts and sporting events,etc. Beyond that, I wonder if it would it help boost city revenues over time or be a drag on the city budget? One thing we do know is that a new coliseum will be a benefit to the private developers of the hotels and restaurants, which would get customers from the Coliseum events. John Paul Jones Arena in C'ville has base tenants--UVA sports team; its concerts are an add-on benefit. A RVA Coliseum would have no base tenant and so would need a constant stream of good events to stay viable over time. Would it get them? Another question to ask.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/18/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Q&A: Sierra Club Falls of the James spokesman talks Monroe Park issues

You need a police station to keep vagrants from taking over the park, which would keep most people out of the park. That was the problem before the renovation. A necessity. As for public bathrooms, be glad they were left out. They'd be a nightmare. You'd need security and people to clean the funk. I agree that they didn't quite get the trees right: The extra light is very nice, but a few too many trees were axed. Should have kept at least a couple more mature ones. Public parks can be nice but are also problematic for obvious reasons.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/17/2018 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The Unofficial Guide to the Richmond Folk Festival

The folk festival has got too predictable: The zydeco band, the bluegrass band, the gospel singers, the Irish duo...and the featured performer who is relatively easy to book because s/he is 80 years old and not exactly in heavy demand any more. I think the festival should just charge people money to attend and become a bit more mainstream. It's a nice event, the sponsors deserve our thanks, but there is too much sameness with it, in my opinion.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/10/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Guerrilla Scooters

Where are they going to be operated--on the street, where there are cars; on sidewalks, where there are pedestrians and dogs being walked? Accidents waiting to happen.

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Posted by kazoo on 10/02/2018 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Moms Demand Action seeks greater role in gun reform debate

America's gun culture is a disgrace and largely the product of the deeply corrupt NRA and a bunch of craven Republican politicians from rural areas, where people like guns, apparently, because there is nothing else to do but shoot tin cans off of fence posts. The 2nd Amendment clearly put gun ownership in the context of state militias that haven't existed for 200 years. Suburban sheriff wannabes claim they need guns for self-protection--parroting fraudulent NRA propaganda. If that were truly the case, then let's ban all handguns and assault rifles--no manufacture, no sale, no import. That would make America MUCH safer, and the self-defense argument would be invalidated. But conservative GOP pols would never agree to that, which shows that they are not at all serious about stopping gun violence. They're a joke.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/19/2018 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Speed Bump: Citing unanswered questions, council members aim to hit the brakes on a two-wheeler addition.

Why shouldn't there not be a traffic study prior to any decision? Of course there should be--any city would be crazy not to analyze the impact first. The mayor said there should be a study, logically, and now apparently has changed his mind. BikeWalk seems to think that because they want a bike lane there should be a bike lane--that's not the way it works. This is the same group that argued that Richmond HAD to change Floyd Ave. to promote bike traffic and install tiny roundabouts, which have only increased the car speeds on that road and done nothing to promote bike traffic. More generally, this idea of just converting car lanes to bike lanes, making a two-lane road a one-lane road, seems questionable. Is this what other cities do? If only one lane were needed on Brook, it probably wouldn't be a two-lane road to begin with. Hilbert and Gray are right, IMO, to take a prudent approach before a decision is rushed into.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/04/2018 at 11:45 AM

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