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    Richmond Dining-Out scene

    Wow! That's a blast from the past! I can remember having many a dinner and mind-eraser at the Mirror. Chris was a magician. A good friend of mine and I would have the blackened NY strip and frog legs. Chris always seemed to nail it every time. I would like to know what he is up to as well.
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    Richmond: Economy/Business/Real Estate

    I was just reading that story and almost blew coffee out of my nose when I hit paragraph 4. That is an extremely high vacancy rate! It couldn't come at a worse time, just as I am about to put my house in the city up for rent this summer. I have been watching the rental rates in Richmond and they seem extremely high. I had initially planned on renting my 5 bdrm on Brook Road for a little over a thousand, but when I saw what other houses, similar to mine and in the same area, were renting for, I decided to ask for a little more. I wonder if the rental vacancy percentage is jacked-up here because the number of foreclosures might be lower than the national average. If the job losses here are not as bad as the rest of the country, then you would expect that there would be less foreclosures and a smaller number of people looking for rental property. Also, I wonder if the new condos are adding to this huge number.
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    Richmond Coffee House

    I think the time has come to have smoking and non-smoking states. Virginia is a smoking state by default. Case closed. Now, I am off to the garage to fire up a juicy Camel Light!
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    Richmond Schools and Education

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/loca...-055604/203564/ "Henrico schools plan no budget cuts" Now I am not saying that they are perfect, but hey, you have to admit, that's pretty tight management of your tax dollars right there. I don't expect Richmond to have as much of a disparity between school budget and actual funding as Chesterfield schools did, but the 'pain' will surely be there. It always is when it comes to the annual begging session. I totally understand the frustration of watching munipal spending go out of control with the "new found wealth" of over-inflated property values, as did many others. What can we do? No one seems to have a conservative spending bone in their body. It's like watching kids with the Halloween loot after trick or treating. I would think that RPS could begin to pre-act by biting the bullet and closing Chandler Middle School. Wilder tried to get them to do this for years. But what did he know? He was just a crazy old man. Right? When I heard that RPS may have to close Chandler, the first thing that came to mind was Wilder saying the exact same thing over 2 years ago. RPS is going to have to tighten-up a bit and hopefully come out better than Chesterfield.
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    Richmond Schools and Education

    I will tell you what I see. Chesterfield School Super over-budgeted. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see this coming. The Chesterfield School Chief just played an old Richmond Schools play; bury your head in the sand, keep funding programs that are not needed and act all surprised and panic when you get $54million less than you pipe-dreamed for. Then, to keep your job safe, you organize a bunch of teachers by using the bully union, and a few kids that are up way past their bedtime, and come down to the planning commission meeting and shed a few tears. Yep, play up the English as a second language program, blah, blah, blah. Hey, I hear Carol Wolf is free. Maybe she can go down there and lend a hand. No one played the "damsel in distress" better than her. "Please! Not the children!!". Of course, the local media hacks eat that crap up and make the poor ol' superintendent look like the local hero when actually he is an idiot. I can't wait to see Richmond's drama in a few months.
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    Richmond Schools and Education

    I will tell you what I see. Chesterfield School Super over-budgeted. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see this coming. The Chesterfield School Chief just played an old Richmond Schools play; bury your head in the sand, keep funding programs that are not needed and act all surprised and panic when you get $54million less than you pipe-dreamed for. Then, to keep your job safe, you organize a bunch of teachers by using the bully union, and a few kids that are up way past their bedtime, and come down to the planning commission meeting and shed a few tears. Yep, play up the English as a second language program, blah, blah, blah. Hey, I hear Carol Wolf is free. Maybe she can go down there and lend a hand. No one played the "damsel in distress" better than her. "Please! Not the children!!". Of course, the local media hacks eat that crap up and make the poor ol' superintendent look like the local hero when actually he is an idiot. I can't wait to see Richmond's drama in a few months.
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    Richmond Coffee House

    I did see that a vast majority passed a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle when a minor is also in the vehicle. Even legislators that opposed the restaurant bill. Although I oppose any legislation that would keep a business owner from running his/her own business, I do think that the no-smoking in vehicles with kids bill, warrants support.
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    Richmond Sports

    I watched Nevada host New Mexico State the other night and I think VCU can take them!
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    VCU Developments

    At least a decade away. A lot of new things to retrofit old buildings can be developed in 10 years. This opens the door for brainstorming and brigh ideas to develop. I wouldn't call it a "goner" just yet. That's a pretty good stay of execution there.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    If this is the same car I think it is, they might cost a little more than 12k. Mercedes is putting these little buggers out. From what I was told a couple of years ago, they can take a side impact and roll like a ball, while protecting driver and passenger. Think hampster in a plastic ball. They are all over Canada.
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    Richmond Coffee House

    City of Richmond's new Chief of Police: http://ci.bridgeport.ct.us/newdepartments/...iefsoffice.aspx
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    Richmond Sports

    From the sounds of that article, the possibility of the Nat's AAA team coming to Richmond is more real than I thought. I knew that Columbus had one more year on their contract but never figured that we would actually have a shot with the bad press and all. I believe we should hold out on AA ball in town, unless it is somewhere in the burbs, and sharpen our ability to land the Nat's AAA team here.
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    Richmond Events

    Hot Dog!! The Itals are coming!!!
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    Richmond: Economy/Business/Real Estate

    The Style article mentions the current tennants but does not mention the Virginia Credit Union. Isn't VACU located in the ground floor of that building?
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    Short Pump Developments

    Burt, in response to your question about the experience at Whole Foods, I thought I would offer up our experience. Before I do, I must first say that I was raised in the city, and will always have city of Richmond branded on my heart. With that being said, let me say that the West Broad Village looks absolutely fantastic. It kind of sucks because I wish that our downtown looked that good. The brick streets are schmokin'!! Instead of painted lines on the brick roads, they used a different color brick to designate the lane lines and turn lanes. Very classy indeed. Now, onto the Whole Foods. The place was packed! A whole lot of people and so many choices that it almost sent me back out to the car for a beer. (Beer selection in that joint is astronomical) There are a lot of really great deals in there and a huge selection. The prices aren't that bad and even though there were a large number of shoppers in the store, getting through the checkout line was a breeze. Very suprising. We have a pretty good sized family and we usually get all of our produce from local farmer's markets in the area (Lakeside) and try to keep it as healthy and organic as possible. Don't get me wrong, we eat meat, lots of it and every kind, but we do try to stay away from as many processed things as we can. Whole Foods is an excellent store and West Broad Village looks stellar. It broke my heart to say this.