When someone says "be the best you can be", I take that as complement. I see that person respecting my individuality as A person. This is how I interpret KJHburg's comment. Forumer is respecting Richmond as a city with its own character. Telling me to be or even compare myself to someone else is saying that I'm not good enough to be me; therefore be like this person instead. We RVA folks are doing that to ourselves when we get upset that Charlotte's blankey is warmer than ours. Envy's accomplishment is more envy. Instead, learning from the past is how we gather our strength towards a better future.
As I have said before Richmond is Richmond and Charlotte is Charlotte. Why do we want to be like any other city? Let Richmond be unique, grow, prosper and be the best Richmond can be.