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Re: “Commentary: Go Slowly, Here Comes the Pulse

Aren't the buses supposed to make the trip from one end to the other in significantly less time than with the old system? How is that going to be accomplished given the massive number of street lights on Broad?

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Posted by kazoo on 06/24/2018 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Commentary: Go Slowly, Here Comes the Pulse

What's the idea of having bus stops in the middle of Broad--in the median? It seems odd, and the system's design generally--twisting, narrower lanes--seems questionable. Will this change result in higher bus ridership? Hmmm.

Also, I will be very curious to see what traffic is like on W. Franklin now that the city has eliminated one of the traffic lanes on that road. I think that is a dubious decision unless that stretch gets very light traffic--but I think it gets at least moderate, if not heavy traffic, in which case you've created a problem in your zeal to create a bike lane. I don't know how one creates a proper bike lane on streets that really aren't wide enough to accommodate one plus automobile traffic plus parked cars--but I don't think this is the way to do it.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/21/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Debate over Scuffletown Park brings a resignation and a review of rules

Scuffletown is a nice little spot--but to call it a "gold mine" for the neighborhood or an "incredible asset" is silly. First, it is not at all a conventional "park." It is tiny, for one thing--and so one can't really do anything but sit on a few benches in a tight little area, some with a built-in table--and maybe plant a garden if you are one of the few who have access to the little garden. That is it. Like all parks or park-like spots, it attracts a mix of people--the vast majority wonderful, some a bit sketchy. The spot sits square in the middle of a residential neighborhood; indeed, it abuts the back of several homes. I don't know of too many homeowners who want strangers sitting and drinking (and often making noise) a short distance away, if even they are usually peaceful. People should certainly sit be able to picnic on the small patches of grass. Given that dogs are not allowed in the enclosed areas, certainly people should be free to enjoy those two spaces. The place doesn't need a lot of rules or rules enforcement, certainly, but I'd think that being reasonably quiet and leaving at sunset are important.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/15/2018 at 11:37 PM

Re: “OPINION: The History Behind Terminal Warehouse No. 3 and Why It Shouldn’t Be Destroyed

Slipek fails to make a compelling case to maintain a building that, in fact, is a very old concrete warehouse/eyesore with little or no practical value. Every building ever built has some sort of connection with history and the past. That doesn't make most of them important or worth keeping. It doesn't sound like this building is architecturally significant enough to preserve. Sure, if somebody has plans to creatively renovate it, go for it. But if engineers say that it is not worth renovating, it is rather pointless to let it continue to sit and deteriorate for more years to come. As others have suggested, at some point the thing is going to collapse.

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Posted by kazoo on 04/13/2018 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Parker Agelasto Makes a Plea for Reconsidering the Cigarette Tax

Good grief: Agelasto is absolutely right. Raising the cigarette tax is a no-brainer and RVA has been incredibly stupid not to have raised it previously. The city is starving itself to please one corporation whose impact on the metro area is decreasing, and that is utterly wrong and short-sighted. The proposed school maintenance budget of $1-$2 million is a bad joke--an embarrassment. You couldn't properly maintain 10 old buildings with that tiny sum much less more than 40.

Otherwise, the Richmond school board /should/ be laser focused on eliminating financial waste and inefficiencies and eliminating non-essential jobs. It's a fact that a lot of people in city government are seriously overpaid, and there are surely jobs that could be eliminated altogether. Serious audits, every year, are crucial. But there is also no question that the cigarette tax must be raised.

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Posted by kazoo on 03/29/2018 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Opinion: The School Modernization Referendum Deserves the Broadest Electoral Coalition

I thought old schools WERE being gradually replaced by new ones, as funding allows. Yes?
Haven't three or four new schools been built in the last five years or so? This sounds like an attempt to rush through more new construction at a pace faster than the city can handle--and if the construction is not to be paid for with new or higher taxes, where will the money come from? The schools are old and in poor shape, to be sure, and every effort must be made to build new ones--but the effort has to be measured and steady, not pell-mell to satisfy a sudden desire for improvement. It's unfortunate, but you can't fix 45 years of neglect overnight.

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Posted by kazoo on 11/04/2017 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Review: Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont

It is a good event but every effort should be made to move it to cooler time of the year. July and August are just too hot and humid in Richmond for any outdoor events. Hold it at a different time of the year and you'd probably get a larger crowd.

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Posted by kazoo on 08/22/2017 at 11:58 AM

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