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

Ed's recommendations are on point and should be strongly considered. Maintaining at least a physical recognition that Brook Road existed makes complete sense. I will continue to say that the only reason it is even necessary to close this portion of Brook Road is because the site is far too small.

Since the site is being forced upon us by the "powers that be" let's at least make it the best that it can be. The design as proposed is generic and is completely unoriginal; it could be anywhere just like some of the mediocre architectural products that we have been forced to endure in Richmond. We can do better and it would be a good thing to take the time to do so. What's the rush? So it isn't finished before the mayor leaves office. While good design is subjective, I believe there are few people that are happy with the current design (if they were being honest).

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Posted by maestro7 on 03/04/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Transfer Hell

Great article!

If the goal of the mayor is to create a tier-one City, this project certainly sets us back big time. A good public transit system is a necessity and what we have here has numerous problems.

It is obvious that some of the posters have very limited knowledge about the operation of transit systems. In cities that have good transit, it is possible to park your personal vehicle and take a bus or anywhere needed. This certainly is not the case here.

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Posted by maestro7 on 07/10/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “City Ramps Down Skate Park, Which Worries Skater Dudes

The former Parks and Recreation director wanted to build a skatepark and it probably would have happened if he had not been "separated" from City government.

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Posted by maestro7 on 09/24/2011 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Unlocking Carytown

The existing street trees were planted several years ago as the result of a streetscape study. The trees selected were the choice of the merchants. When reviewed by the )City's Urban Design Committee, it recommended a more suitable street tree that would provide shade. But alas, the merchants protested that such trees would block signage (as did the Bradford Pears-a totally unsuitable tree-once graced Cary St.). The City caved and that's why the small ornamental trees exist today.

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Posted by maestro7 on 09/24/2011 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Lost in the Valley

The City's division of comprehensive planning prepared a Shockoe Bottom Plan sometime during the late 90's or early 2000's. The process involved area business persons and residents. It was a comprehensive document that covered all areas and activities in the Bottom.

Since most of the institutuional knowledge has been eliminated from City government; it's of no surprise that a new study is on the horizon. Perhaps funds could have been saved simply by dusting off and updating the previous document.

Posted by maestro7 on 07/07/2011 at 8:51 PM

Re: “With Flynn Gone, Council May Nix City Projects

While it seems that the idea to convert "one way streets to two way" is a R. Flynn creation; it is not. This recommendation was first included in the Downtown Plan adopted in 1997 (many years before Ms. Flynn's tenure as director of Community Development). The specific streets to be considered are listed in Chapter 3 of the document. While this recommendation was not implemented, it is erroneous to conclude that this is a new idea.

Posted by maestro7 on 05/04/2011 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Choose Your Own Venture

These trips are generally a waste; the "focus-de-jour" approach based upon a visit to these various cities is not working. Decide what you want to be and be it!

Posted by maestro7 on 04/14/2011 at 3:51 PM

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