Michael Hammon 
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Re: “Architecture Review: The Shockoe Ballpark Plan

The area needs to be developed, but a ballpark development, that would be as empty as the lots are now half the year isn't the answer. I don't think a park to absolutely preserve the area is a great idea either due to the proximity of many other parks in the area. It would be a bit of over saturation. Also, a park next to a major set of train tracks and an interstate does not exactly scream safe for a multitude of reasons.

High density by Broad is fine, but you have to admit, the rendering depicts a structure that does not fit with it's context whatsoever. I know it is a rendering, and it can change, but it's best to show something to galvanize people to your side. This does not do that.

Whatever happened to Wilder's Slavery Museum? It stalled up in Fredericksburg, why not bring it here (if possible, likely not)? You would have it near the Poe Museum, the River Walk, the old train station, the Farmer's market, etc. It's scale and design could fit well within the context of Shockhoe, and it would also give the area a constant presence, not a baseball stadium that's out of use 1/2 the year.

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Posted by Michael Hammon on 11/27/2013 at 4:43 PM

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