Riva James 
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Re: “Group Pushes for Shockoe Growth Without Ballpark

The headline piqued my interest, but I'm left disappointed. It sounds like a beautiful concept, if only we could win the lottery, marry Bill Gates, and discover gold deposits. How does Style Weekly not even mention the concept of funding in their reporting?

The "Vision Plan" outline only dedicates 133 words to financing, most of which is based on the naive presumption that everything will work out if you just "basically replaces the RRP's Shockoe stadium with a memorial park, while keeping all other elements of the mayor's alternative plan."

Do they actually believe that the developers will go ahead with their same commitment even though the centerpiece has been completely changed?

While I'm sure that there would be some demand to live/work next to their proposed "Sacred Ground Memorial District," I'm equally sure that the analysis of the developers would need to change to accommodate this new centerpiece. Will those numbers work out? We will never know unless people ask.

Their vision for uncovering Shockoe Creek sounds beautiful, but they don't ever talk about how that would be funded, not even in their 133 words about financing.

Come on! This is not an alternative plan. This is a 3-page dream followed by 1.5 pages of fluff to make it look somewhat well thought out. In truth, it is nothing but a huge disappointment celebrated by those desperate for another option. Please, give us something real to consider as an alternative.

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Posted by Riva James on 01/02/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Bridge to Nowhere

Anon guy makes a very good point. The distance between Tree Hill Farm and Downtown is LESS THAN the distance from Elwood Thompson's (Carytown) to the State Capitol.

Heather O'Sullivan's proposed re-routing would never work. The route from Tree Hill Farm to Downtown via Rt 5 is under 4 miles. Presuming an average speed of 20 mph (pretty conservative!), it would take 12 minutes. The route from Tree Hill Farm to Downtown via Laburnum and I-64 is over 14 miles! Presuming an average speed of 50 mph (unachievable, but let’s humor Ms. O’Sullivan), would take 17 minutes.

So, this great idea would encourage people to speed through our neighborhoods and use the freeway to bypass our local businesses. And, it would take at least 5 minutes longer under this best-case scenario!

That’s not just poor planning, it’s illogical.

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Posted by Riva James on 03/07/2012 at 11:10 AM

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