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DalWill

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  1. This is a mess. Thanks to affluent of this damn city ruining our chances of economic advancement (as per usual), we now have this hurdle. Also, Morrissey is working my nerves. https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/urban-one-richmond-officials-threaten-legal-action-over-budget-language-barring-second-casino-referendum/article_b6cbfb17-0f30-5ddc-9256-2cef05fbfb6e.html
  2. And that is honestly a slap in the face to RPS students because most school board officials sit on their thumbs while the infrastructure deteriorates, complaining but not achieving. Politics and personal motives (just like City Hall ) runs through and through, messing everything up no matter if they have everything they need or not for repair the school system. While the city’s recent audit shows the city overspent on schools (the most requested focus from Richmond’s taxpayers) , George Whyte recently and MIRACULOUSLY got approved for a new school building (long time overdue). Master planning for any downtown area weren’t mentioned at all for this; they got the money already the moment the SB voted Y or N as a collective. Meaning, if they’re was an initiative to provide better for RPS system, they would’ve done so by now throughout the course of the years. One of the initiatives SHOULD BE consistently holding Virginia General Assembly legislators accountable for funding as well as themselves for not joining their local PTA’s. Also, RVA citizens need to look at themselves closely and ask what gain do they get out of turning down bold development projects that could’ve expanded the tax base and contribute to the city as large if SCHOOLS are you main focus? Also, doesn’t VA Lottery contribute to VA public school system at large? Are their contributions properly handled their moment it falls into the RPS’s hands? Those are the questions needed answering.
  3. They weren’t invited to be involved in the process of receiving any revenue or financial investments. Therefore if they cant have it, neither can Richmond. That’s a dangerous mentality that will jeopardize the city in the long run economically.
  4. Your point fell short. None of us can predict Richmond, Va’s “own” time. However, Richmond can’t afford to have reputation of dismissing projects because there is an economic base that’s in need of expanding as more people flock here. Richmond CANNOT afford to turn away investors as more continue to live here. In no way shape or form is that sustainable. Those “organic Growth” talking points is a waste of an discussion and frankly, those people need to study city development and civics before type something silly about what they probably don’t know. Im sorry to say this, but City Council needs to hold their respective districts accountable just as much as they hold their councilors to the fire. They rejected a development that could add to the economic makeup of this damn town based off a pre-conceived notion of the “poor” and “downtrodden”, when most don’t even know how those areas became the way it did (legislations , suburban flight, redlining, etc) and most don’t even know people from these places or take the time to learn of what they want. Entrepreneurship deals were on the tables, jobs that could’ve been created, profit sharing models, the whole plan was here for them to LIFT THEM up out of poverty and contribute to the expansion of the economic base of this city. Navy Hill was one thing (Council burned me how they handled that) but this is downright unacceptable. I’m sick of the affluent telling the rest of the city what can or can’t have and how we as a whole ahold fall in line while they reap the benefits of their own burgeoning neighborhoods. I’m fed up. Screw them .
  5. Hear me out... Virginia, sell the building so it can be renovated and repurposed. Plus, there is physical support for the construction of another skyscraper.
  6. Don't forget, there's a there's supposed to be 2 Monroe buildings on the parking deck, If a developer buys that building in that space, they could build another skyscraper in space across from each other (if the foundation is still strong after +30 years).
  7. Well if the state want a profit, might as well sell it. A developer can rehab and reclad the structure for whatever they see it.
  8. Thank you for summarizing the city's cancerous issue! We need to take this to Virginia's congressional floors ASAP.
  9. 1. As a 29 yr. old, I get exactly where you are coming from with your statement about the 5 decades that past. Factor in suburban flight, the landlocked policies (courtesy of the independent city law), a note to Reagan (and 80's Richmond) era politics, as well as the few recessions we witnessed; this is the concoction we have. Richmond was actually set up to be a major metropolitan destination (and still). Politics and cultural entitlement ruined it out of fear of economic diversity. 2. Richmond should be "friendly-competitive" because of the settings of what we offer as a southern densed city. With master plans and ideas on the horizon, standing ALONGSIDE the names "Atlanta" and "Charlotte" is what I strive for. No bashing from my end because they are doing something right . We should enhance what we have while excelling for more. 3. Side note, do you think (if designed and structured properly) a 20-25 fl. skyscraper could work itself into a TOD if it isnt facing a sidewalk, but scaled to the back behind 13-15 fl. buildings? Because it seems that's the only way that we'll get some height now..
  10. If one aim for mediocrity, then one have no business sitting that seat (or any of that matter).
  11. I'm more shocked at the fact Richmond is potentially over 250k within 5 mile radius, correct me if I'm wrong.
  12. Let's hope the summer demand encourages a reconsideration.
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