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Re: “Another Snapshot: the Military Surplus That Falls Short in Richmond

What is the story on that Humvee I see parked in the firehouse on Main Street? Did that come from the military or did the city get taken for $$$$$$ for an expensive vehicle it does not need?

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 09/02/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Shamrocking the Boat

Police brutality? The real police brutality was in Kyiv, Ukraine where where the protestors were mowed down by high powered weapons wielded by real goon cops this past week. What you had in Richmond, was a bad wrestling match.

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 02/21/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “"This Is My Home"

Follow the law. Go home to Puebla and apply to come back here legally.

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 01/21/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Word & Image

I travel to Richmond regularly from Northern Virginia (Vienna) and breakfast at the Westwood Diner is a must!

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 01/08/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Misplaced Masterpieces

The ineptitude of Richmond city bureaucracy is only exceeded by the incompetence of individual school system "professionals". Thank God I have no children in this madhouse, pretending to be a school system!

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 01/02/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Double Play

A truly good deal will be financed in its entirety by private sources so they can reap the private profits, which is good. Look at office parks, and commercial property, and the shopping malls. Look at Dan Snyder (formerly Jack Kent Cooke) and FedEx Field. A not-so-good deal demands city / county / government financing so the "government" (i.e. taxpayer) carries the risk of what is potentially not such good a deal. The taxpayer is ultimately left holding the bag. Not good! It is unfortunate that you interject "race" in what should be a blind economic analysis. A true numbers guy would not consider race - African American or white parts of the city. I too am a numbers guy! The numbers are blind - they cannot see or smell white or black, they recognize only other numbers that dictate good or bad! Professionally during the last 33 years, I have planned high-security, high-risk, high-technology facilities around the world, far more complex and more expensive than ball parks. Shockoe Bottom is a victim of its own geography. Being in a valley it is essentially at the bottom of a "funnel". The city and state do not have enough money to ameliorate and handle the incumbent traffic spikes that a ball park will bring. The residents of the Bottom, other businesses, workers or visitors who travel to the Bottom, and those just passing through on I-95 will suffer. I love Richmond. But the reality is that Richmond is a third or fourth tier sports market. In reality it is a just college town, not a "professional" sports town. There will never be a critical mass of sports fans that would make this development work economically in the Bottom or elsewhere in the city, white or black. The City of Richmond is incapable of a comprehensive development plan. Look at the litany of development failures that have had a city government "hand" involved in the development. The City is barely capable of managing the Coliseum, or existing Diamond, or sprinklers in the outfield, or keeping the storm drains free and clear, or pot holes fixed. Please let the souls of the departed slaves in Shockoe Bottom rest in peace and protect their burial ground!

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 11/07/2013 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Double Play

How about doing the decent thing. Let the souls of the departed slaves rest in peace. Protect the burial ground. A museum can be built in any number of the remaining historic and architecturally pleasing buildings in the Bottom, or in downtown Richmond. VCU recently demolished (May 2013) the historic C&O Railway freight depot on 17th Street, to make way for a parking lot without a peep from anyone. I would like to see the environmental impact statement or historic survey report of that tragedy. This building would have been ideal for such a museum being as it was right off the I-95 exit, and within walking distance of the burial ground. Any stadium in the Bottom will create nightmare traffic access and egress scenarios for the residents, businesses, and downtown workers that no amount of money will be able to ameliorate.

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Posted by VirginiaRanger on 11/06/2013 at 10:02 AM

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