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Re: “Private Players

This whole project seems a bit...what? So the city put out a call for proposals to redevelop a major area within RVA and there was not one other interested party--one the one proposal led by a prominent RVA-based businessman? That beggars belief. And while the NH Foundation wishes to function as a non-profit, we can assume that the principals are interested in making money and would do so via ownership or investments in hotels, restaurants, office-buildings associated with the project, should they get built. And doesn't the NH proposal involve the city taking money from its general revenue coffer to pay off the bonds, meaning that there would be less money for city services for an extended period. Is that correct or no? Questions...

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Posted by kazoo on 04/15/2019 at 1:27 PM

Re: “What About the Boulevard?

Jennifer Mitchell, director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, says that keeping both Staples Mill and Main Street Station "turned out to be the best combination for Richmond."

Really? This is the laughable statement that shows how clueless the Dept of Rail and Public Transportation is. Richmond essentially doesn't have a viable train terminal. There is very limited service to Main Street Station, which is in a location with almost no parking. Most of the train service to Richmond goes through Staples Mill station--but Staples Mill is in Henrico, not Richmond, and Staples Mill is an absolutely pathetic terminal. It's about the size of a Pizza Hut--way too small--and parking is very limited. It's an embarrassment and has been for decades. So we have two terminals serving Richmond--one that doesn't get many trains and has no parking and the other an old bandbox that is not worthy of Ashland much less Richmond.

If the city and state had their act together, they would make the former Broad St. Station Richmond's main train terminal again--fixing the track situation or whatever is necessary to make it so. Why? Because it WAS originally designed and built as Richmond's train terminal. It is beautiful, and in a PERFECT location--about halfway between downtown and Henrico. There is a pickup/dropoff lane, plus parking. It would also be an ideal transit terminal if the area around the Diamond ever gets developed, which will happen.

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Posted by kazoo on 03/20/2019 at 8:00 AM

Re: “OPINION: Misplaced Priorities

Stoney needs to go. The guy is a interloper and political opportunist who basically wants to soak the middle-income residents of RVA to finance his schemes. The idea that that city administrative costs can't be cut anymore is a freakin' joke. For one thing, city employees are vastly overpaid relative to their jobs and skill level--that is patently obvious. Stoney is example number one. One could EASILY cut RVA's administrative costs by 15 percent, I'm betting and not lose a thing. I and many other city residents are tired of having our property taxes jacked up--it's a freakin' scam and a racket.

Stoney's Coliseum redevelopment project--a backroom deal if ever there was one--should be summarily rejected. What the city of Richmond is good at is wasting money, spending money inefficiently and voting for dilettantes like Stoney.

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Posted by kazoo on 03/18/2019 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Education Divides

"Can you provide links or other evidence? Being a fairly new resident, I am dubious about RVA's spending efficiency, but do not want to make non factual statements."

You can research it--but I believe it has been reported for years that Richmond spends more per student than any other school system in the state. The superintendents, school board and RVA boosters like to pretend that funding is a problem and so are always calling for more money. Funding is not the problem. Spending //efficiently//--yes, that's a problem, has been a for a long time.

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Posted by kazoo on 03/03/2019 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Dreaming in Ruins

America: land of apartment buildings. Full credit for good work and all that, but hard to find much that is aesthetically pleasing about big, blocky apartment buildings.

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Posted by kazoo on 02/26/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The Scott’s Addition beer scene soon will include Crozet-based brewery Starr Hill

Exciting--Starr Hill makes good beer.

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Posted by kazoo on 02/25/2019 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Holding Serve

I noticed how those who pushed this idea never mentioned that we've already got a big statute of Ashe on Monument Ave., and a building with his name on it on the Boulevard. The Ashe statue, which is weak conceptually, should of course be located at Byrd Park, but that's another story.

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Posted by kazoo on 02/25/2019 at 10:32 AM

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