Mark Wittkofski 
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Re: “Will Richmond Re-connect With Its High-Speed Rail Dreams?

Having retired from the Virginia Department of Rail of Public Transportation in 2007 when the then Director laid-off all of the professional staff, I must say that as much as I like the thought of a high speed railroad, the likelihood of this happening anytime soon is pretty unlikely. Making all of the railroad crossing grade-separated will be a tremendous cost and a tough choice for people who need to cross the tracks (i.e., bridge under construction drive further out of your way to cross). And, if CSX is the private partner in such a project, good luck in keeping them off the third rail (even if it is dedicated). They and Norfolk Southern already are getting plenty of transportation dollars, yet the times they "allow" Amtrak to use their freight lines are mostly inconvenient slots for those who would like to leave their cars behind...look at the Amtrak schedules for travel planning (departures to other locations at 2 and 3 in the morning only to have to wait six hours in a hub for the next train is not my idea of travel (it's almost as bad as flying!). The only way a high-speed line would be effective would to be on entirely new right-of-way that is 100% dedicated to passengers only. Good luck in finding a 100' wide corridor 100 miles long between here and Washington!

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Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 06/20/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Kuba Kuba Dos Now Open

What a crock...bureaucracy at its finest. OMG, is it Kuba Kuba Dos or Kuba Kuba 2...Lordy, maybe it's really the new underground railroad for freed Cubans. Give me a break "Mr. Bureaucrat"!! We want this new restaurant and we want it now. Please stop driving around and wasting gasoline and time and get back to your cubicle!

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Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 04/27/2015 at 10:27 PM

Re: “More Richmond Chefs React to Stone Brewing Decision

No chance in getting any information from the EDA...they meet in secret and release only tidbits of information. I am so happy to live in Henrico County which is managed by people who actually understand money and how to manage it and keep the County afloat. It will be really interesting when in 10 years, someone gives Stone a better deal and they move their operations and leave the City with worn-out facilities...ah shades of the Sixth Street Marketplace. But by then the Mayor will be in some other political job, and the EDA members will likely have financed other schemes...the poor taxpayers will be left holding the bag, again!

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Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 03/12/2015 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Stone Brewing Goes on the Offense

I only hope that in 5 years or so, Stone doesn't get a sweeter deal from Baltimore or Philadelphia and decide to punt leaving the taxpayers on the hook for the remainder of the payments. Then again, the City could partition spaces in the brewery and invite all of the other smaller breweries to set up a condo-type arrangement to brew their beer ;)

I always have a bad feeling when local politician make fantastic deals thinking all their dreams will come true...Sixth Street always comes to mind in Richmond's case...

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Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 03/04/2015 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Thrown Stone

It just seems so odd that Richmond, a city with so many successful craft breweries and many, many more successful and innovative restaurants would give away a million-dollar waterfront property, build the Californians a restaurant and a mega brewery when there is absolutely no guarantee they will stay for 25 years. I mean really, what happens when Baltimore or some other East Coast city offers them a better deal after a few years, and Stone moves its operation there? Oh, yes that's right Richmond will be stuck with having made a generous contribution to a million-dollar business and not a lot to show for it. Maybe, the Mayor should have sweeten the deal by throwing in a photo of his face for their next Stone beer logo!

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Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 02/24/2015 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Site Work Begins at Stone

Seems like the above piece of equipment is something the Mayor could use to get rid of his appointees that don't march along with his wishes. Load that baby up and take it over to City Hall when you are done fellas!

Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 02/10/2015 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Lines Drawn

With a cast of characters such as Pipeline partners Dominion, Georgia-based AGL Resources, and North Carolina-based Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas, how could anyone be worried...just don't think about all the coal ash that Duke has dumped into waterways...

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Posted by Mark Wittkofski on 12/04/2014 at 4:44 PM

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