Sean L Craft 
Member since Aug 3, 2012

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Re: “Beard: a Queer Dance Party

Everthing Richmond's Gay Scene was missing

Posted by Sean L Craft on 02/22/2013 at 11:23 AM

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Re: “Does Downtown Richmond Have a Parking Problem?

Why doesn't the city require a parking space per household for every new apartment building erected (within city limits) from here on out? If you can't do parking, you don't get the permit. Uber and Lyft and taxis are also low cost alternatives for those who live within a short drive of a destination as well Rocket's Landing to downtown is probably 5-7 bucks.

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 08/08/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Do Richmond's Shopping Malls Have Nine Lives?

I don't like Short Pump or Stony Point. If I am going to a mall I want to leave my coat in the car and be comfortable on a rainy/cold/hot day. That was the beauty of classic malls. However, cities grow and spread. When this mall was built it was the epicenter of the West End with no competition. Chesterfield Town Center and Cloverleaf were a long ride away across town. The neighborhoods around Regency have aged along with the mall but as with all neighborhoods they can restart and regrow as the old folks leave or die. New couples move in, neighborhoods change. I agree that the spending habits have changed and Virginia Center Common's days are numbered as well. Perhaps the Cloverleaf method of reinvention is best? I don't have answers but I don't think Stony Point or Short Pump were the answers either. Soon they, like the others, will suffer from aging. That is the only thing that is a constant....reinvention will soon be needed for them as well.

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 02/10/2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Looking Up

I think the top floor used to house the old "Downtown Club" in the 80s and early 90's? I worked there, I think, but who really remembers the 80s anyway right? lol

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 10/13/2014 at 9:45 PM

Re: “City’s Urban Forest Struggles in Summer Heat

This is a cycle that is repeated every year. The trees are not mature enough to survive without regular watering and I have yet to see any of them ever getting the water they need. Why do these trees not get planted in the fall when they have a better chance of surviving in the first place? I don't get it..... Don't get me started on the ongoing inability of Richmond City to keep the two N/S Boulevards looking halfway decent. Has anyone looked at Belvidere or Boulevard lately, atrocious. How about the exit/entrance ramps in those same areas. Despicable.

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 08/05/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Proposed High-Rise Condos Offer River Views to Some, Will Block Others

I am sure I am not going to say anything that hasn't been said before. However, this Solemonsky dude has his hands in EVERYTHING in this town and VERY LITTLE of it is good. He needs to be stopped. He has ruined so much of Richmond and done very substandard renovations of historic buildings. The "Pine Court" apartments (see link below) which are a result of his horrific cost cutting and complete lack of aesthetics are closet to my historic home. The city and its outmoded building codes and zoning laws is equally to blame.

Richmond's city core, despite our city governments inability to provide the very basic services to its high property tax-paying citizens, has grown exponentially in the last 10 years. In order for people to want to keep returning to the city we need to keep unchecked development at bay. I applaud the efforts of 180RVA and those stepping up to stop this man and those like him from ruining the fabric of our city.

The plaque on Libby Hill speaks of "the view that inspired the naming of the city" well, yeah, so shouldn't we work to preserve the view of the River from Libby Hill then? Makes sense to me. The traffic is getting horrific all around Church Hill/Shockoe Bottom already. There have been a ton of apartment buildings and condos built there already. If nobody has noticed, condos aren't selling all that well down there. Why add more?

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 04/18/2014 at 12:52 AM

Re: “After Midnight

They have Toddle House items on the Waffle House menu as a matter of fact. seriously.

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 02/26/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Architecture Review: The Shockoe Ballpark Plan

There are currently four hotels being built in downtown Richmond as I type this. Two are in one building on Main Street and the other two are underway at the corner of 14th and Cary Street. How many more hotels do we need exactly? I would say not one.

As far as a stadium, we have one, oh yeah, wait, "it's crumbling" Crumbling or not, it also remains underutilized and has far better parking, access, and location than the proposed stadium. Wait, we also have a coliseum (empty most of the time)....oh, wait and a Convention Center....all underutilized. Sixth Street Main Street Station ( the old mall c 1980)? Short Pump, failing, Stony Point Mall, also failing.

See my point?

Does anyone not take into count when whining about the tax base and how it needs to be increased, the recent development of hundreds of apartments all around the proposed stadium spot? How about the John Marshall (238 units), the First National Bank tower (154 units), the upcoming Central National Bank tower apartments on Broad (200 units)? What about the hundreds more mid rise apartments built around VCU in the past 5 years? Why does nobody mention address all of this growth that has already happened? I would say the tax base has seen a huge influx from all of this development. Throw in the new Children's Hospital at VCUHS, the newish Altria Building and I really don't get why everyone thinks another hotel and a grocery store are going to change the city?

Has anyone given a thought to the fact that the baseball season is only a few months of the year and that it will remain empty for most of the year? Let's see, a few baseball games or an entity that makes money every day of the year? hmmmm, sounds a little more like the way we need to go, huh? We also don't "own" the Squirrels, we pay to have them stay here and they could leave at anytime with no guarantee of another team ever wanting to use this ballpark.

Common sense people, common sense. existing historic structure should be raised and if modified the existing exterior walls should stay in place. Do we need another hotel? No. Do we need a stadium here? No. Would it be nice to have a bigger and better grocery store, sure. But we can have that with city incentives. There are certainly enough residents cited in the examples above to support one. Why not get local businesses to fund a green space and some type of small slave museum?

I agree that the current empty parking lots are not generating revenue. I get this, and most do. I just don't think a ballpark is the right choice. Like others, I think that the dirty dealing has already been done behind the scenes, just like in every other failed plan this city has undertaken.

Talk among yourselves.

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Posted by Sean L Craft on 02/25/2014 at 11:45 PM

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