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Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

Mouse, I am LMAO at your calling out my "racist overtones." What makes you so certain of who I am and what the color of my skin it? And just to be clear, I am altogether familiar with "code words" for talking about race, and I didn't use any.

My mention of the Woodcroft Village/Ashley Oaks development centered on slight demographic changes in age and gender of inhabitants--when it was Woodcroft, it was young women and children, or older women with their families. Now that it is Ashley Oaks, there are more adult men living in the complex.

You might not like it, but these are facts.

Posted by montrose resident on 04/26/2011 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

EXCUSE ME? @ Fulton Teach.
If you would get off of your high horse for a moment, then you perhaps would be able to take the time to read both of my comments above.
If you had done so, then you would know that I am an actual resident of the above community. I live less than 1/4 of a mile from the Gillies Creek Park Gatherings. I can almost see them from my house.

You do not know me, you do not know my experience in my neighborhood, you do not know my neighbors, so stop throwing shade on me about who I am and how I interact with other residents.

As I laid out in my earlier post, I recognize the absolute tragedy of the destruction of the neighborhood of Fulton Bottom.
I fully acknowledge that most of the men who gather there are older and are basically meeting up with their community on the (former) site of their community. I do not feel justified in saying "get out" to these people, who are so deeply invested in the idea of place and community.

However, when I wrote "it is only a matter of time before something bad happens," I wrote it with the perspective of someone who has had people with guns run across their property. From the perspective of someone who goes to sleep listening to the sound of gunshots. Someone who had had their home vandalized. Someone who cleans up their yard EVERY WEEK of other people's garbage. Beer cans, fast food, used condoms, drug paraphernalia, etc.

For your information, I DO count myself luck to live in Montrose/Fulton. I DO consider myself part of the neighborhood. I DO feel that I am part of a diverse socio-economic slice of Richmond, a city which is generally so highly segregated on these levels that people rarely interact with people who are not in a similar socio-economic orbit.

Go back and read my posts, and then think about what I just wrote. Stop being so sanctimonious, and realize that I am, in fact, being real here.

Posted by montrose resident on 04/10/2011 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Short Order

omg, anonymous comment @ Feb. 27, you made my day. hilarious!

Posted by montrose resident on 04/09/2011 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

yes, I agree, every since it moved across from Ashley Oaks, the gatherings have been skewing younger. I think part of the problem is the changes that happened when Woodcroft Village transitioned into Ashley Oaks. Woodcroft was Section 8, and therefore there were no single men that lived there (at least not legally--Section 8 housing is generally for women and families, it's rare for men to get Section 8 assistance, and Woodcroft was mainly women and young kids).
Ashley Oaks (a new owner renovated the units and changed the name of the development) is NOT Section 8 (although the tenants can get rental assistance from other programs).
Compared to, say 3 or 4 years ago, there are now many more 18-30 year old men in that little area than there were before, because of the shift in the development.
Those are the younger folks that seem to be walking across the street to the Gillies Creek gatherings, which are still mainly an older demographic.
It is only a matter of time before something bad happens...

Posted by montrose resident on 04/09/2011 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Situation at Park Is Turning Ugly

these are mostly older men who gather here because 30 years ago it was their neighborhood. they are no longer able to gather at the site they used to prefer, just below Powhatan Park, where there are new RRHA single-family homes being built. Imagine having your neighborhood torn down, where you grew up, and where your parents had grown up, and where you had all your connections and family. And then imagine it is gone, but you still go there to reminisce and maintain those connections on the very site where the neighborhhood used to be. Gillies Creek Park is on top of a former neighborhood that was determined to be blighted and then torn down. I feel for these men. A lot of them live in Varina now, and other parts of the East End. They basically communte to their old neighborhood. I drive by them on my way home at night.
With all of that being said, even though I know their story and I know how sad it is, I also feel like it is a problem and needs to be controlled better.

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