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  1. There is some truth to what you are saying. However, when Southwest announced they would be flying from Norfolk, they also announced their intention to fly from Richmond. Therefore, they did have a company strategy to be in Richmond. Shortly after the announcement, the economy tanked and their strategy changed. As you stated, after being picked up by AirTran, Richmond eventually was picked up by SWA. However, their enthusiasm had waned. When they announced Norfolk, they spoke enthusiastically of Richmond. Typically, they never discussed new cities in advance so this was very unusual. They
  2. This is great news about growth at RIC. One glaring omission is Southwest. They have recently announced they are scaling down service to Atlanta because the numbers aren't good. Since ATL is the only city with direct service from RIC, this can't be good news. I've always been disappointed that Southwest barely serves Richmond. Rather than offer service to the west, they have copied Delta by offering connecting service through Atlanta. What happened to their creativity and the premise of taking no prisoners. While I would hate to see Richmond lose Southwest, I don't see it as a huge loss
  3. I didn't know where to post this re Richmond's population but thought you guys might find it interesting. It looks like the entire metro is growing faster than previously expected. https://chpn.net/2017/07/03/richmond-population-expected-to-become-13-hispanic-top-250000-by-2040/
  4. Thanks for providing the link eandslee. These are exciting times for Richmond. Its image has improved dramatically without the addition of signature high rises and stadiums. Imagine what it will be when those high rises are added to Richmond's stellar skyline.
  5. Eandslee, you mentioned reading something in the RTD yesterday that gave you hope. Would you mind providing a link to the article you're referring to? I tried to find it but obviously didn't. Thanks.
  6. Agree with both previous posts. I'm equally confused as to why it has taken so long to get BRT up and running. This has been on the table for years and should have been in place in time for Richmond's world stage appearance in 2015. I think Richmond is more than ready to act like a big city but Henrico and Chesterfield aren't ready to be supportive. Each county has dragged its heels when it comes to mass transit. They still don't seem to understand that their success is intertwined with Richmond's. They are like immature children demanding attention. They don't seem to compre
  7. Looks like the accolades continue to roll in. This one is ecstatic about Richmond's culinary scene and potential. http://citygritnyc.tumblr.com/post/70396327885/our-january-line-up-is-online-and-its-awesome. Hope I did this link correctly.
  8. I also flew Southwest on Saturday, Richmond to Orlando to Oakland. The flight was fairly full. I was surprised at how many people on that flight continued to Oakland.
  9. Thanks for posting 540_804. That would look really cool. I know that's a fantasy but that area could use something flashy to energize it.
  10. Would it be possible to post this? I couldn't access it, probably because I'm using a tablet and don't have the appropriate app.
  11. Great news, apparently the developer has decided to add a couple of floors. I apologize for not providing the link to the article about this in The Times Dispatch. Also reported in Richmondbizsense.
  12. Agree with eandslee that the announcement is a bit underwhelming. According to the Dallas blog, Richmond is a phased conversion. Its interesting that they are retaining the Atlanta flights with Airtran. Also, Airtran is adding new cities to Atlanta, including Norfolk and Louisville. Perhaps Southwest is rethinking Atlanta's role and creating a hub there after all. I'm sure Southwest will be expanding in Richmond. Mike Boyd, a highly regarded consultant, previously stated Richmond is an untapped market with huge potential and Southwest will grow there. Time will tell.
  13. I am at a loss as to how to express the sadness I feel after reading of Burt's passing. Intuitively, I sensed something was wrong because he hadn't posted any news for several days. He was so passionate about his hometown and he loved sharing that passion with everyone. Downtowner, you expressed your feelings much better than me and I know Burt would be very proud of you. I always looked forward to his posts and will truly miss him.
  14. I would have to disagree with you on this one RVA. The West Hospital is an iconic structure, an art deco gem that is truly a landmark on the Richmond skyline. VCU is growing at a fast pace and is making some exciting plans but replacing the West hospital with the flat topped, uninspired building in the rendering would be a mistake. You are right that Richmond has preserved many historic buildings. That doesn't mean this building should be sacrificed. VCU has been creative in some of its plans, i.e. the parking deck on the other side of I-95. Lets hope they rethink this.
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