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  1. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    Projects are a risk, as I've said before, and it may not happen for any number of reasons or it may. I can't argue, I don't have the energy and type too slowly. We differ on how we see this and I'm not invested like you are in Richmond. Maybe it won't happen and then afterwards all Richmond's problems go away.
  2. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    really, vanity project, good grief...I doubt Richmond's mayor has a vane bone in his body. I truly believe that he see's this as good for the city and he's working thru the process as analytically as possible. I don't feel he's doing something to jeopardize the city & his reputation or just because it's a memorial to himself. nope. I've asked myself, why not just the coliseum, it'd be way less, but would it work? I don't think so, it's the lipstick on the pig problem. Then I ask, what's the worst that could happen, the state capital goes bankrupt, we fold up and close up shop, everyone moves and we have to get out of here, sorry, Richmond's gone now, we built a coliseum and it didn't work, the end... but then I remember, this place has survived the civil war, this is nothing. People oppose things, that's fine, it's good for the process, helps to vet things out, what doesn't kill us will make us stronger.
  3. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    that will be a nice look.
  4. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    Just looked up who is in charge of the website out of curiosity, this is run by Justin Griffin, a fairly young lawyer, think U of R graduate. There are 248 signatures for the online petition for no coliseum. There are a lot of details on why not, like the plan, a lot of information and calculations, etc. If you google "Justin Griffin no coliseum" you'll get quite a few links, a picture or 2 of him from other articles, facebook, etc., so he's committed to no. Not sure if any of this matters or what my point is, it's just interesting to see who's behind something.
  5. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    Focuses on the risks with the selected developers who had issues on 2 other projects and that this would be the largest project they've been involved in.
  6. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    P.S. as much as I think a fully funded river front plan would be fantastic, would investors get in on that to create paths, walk ways, ledges, trails, an urban park basically. Don't investors build square feet, rentable, leaseable projects that pay back $ over a period of time. My assertion was and not terribly clear but is what created this off track conversation, was that the coliseum & other proposed housing etc. prposed for Navy Hill become a part of the river front development to make it that rentable, leasable project they'd get behind.
  7. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    That's true and this is the spin off conversation. It's a conversation about why it's an idea, but a bad idea for the river. There's no reason to move that scale of a project down to the river just because the river works. The river works because that stuff is not here, it's a refuge, a place to play and to breathe with the backdrop of urban behind you. It's understandable, is the area around the coliseum perfect, no, did the 6th street market place fail, yes. Is the coliseum a mess and closed, yes. But what's different now is important. VCU Health is moving west and that's not over, the bio-tech center is nearly full, Altria HQ, the convention center, a Marriott and Hilton all doing well enough to be there, had renovations in the last 2-4 years, Grace street cleaning up, Broad street cleaning up, the General Assembly building, Children's Hospital expansion. Is there any reason why this area can't grow like Scott's addition, which was warehouses, I-195 and what was the not so impressive boulevard. It seem's like everything listed here is enough growth to say the area's bounded by Navy Hill are growing and this infill will be the connection that brings it together.
  8. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    This started when the RTD mentioned considering the river for the coliseum project and it's morphed into where we are now.
  9. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    I think I've lost track of what & where we're talking about and guess we're just talking about generically building something, somewhere on the river. Where can something be built is a big question, I guess we can talk about what "it" would look like if we consider a location. Is "it" in Manchester along the flood wall, in front of the Federal Reserve, in front of Tredgar, in front or behind the American Civil War Museum, near Dominion energy by Tredgar, past Bottoms up Pizza and the shiplock park, near Stone Brewing, on down towards Rocket's Landing, past Rocket's Landing? Look at the images here, hard to imagine building here without being very considerate to the landscape and not sure anything large along this type of river front much makes sense. Had 1 thought for this area or perhaps anywhere along a river section, something like an old town Alexandria or a Carytown, where it's shops that face the river along a board walk of sorts that allow you to face the river, small boutiques, etc. Now way that's built, it would end up looking like what's being built at the upper end of Carytown now, if it could look like a series of Williamsburg shop fronts, look historic, may be nice.
  10. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    just thought of another example of a building type along the river that seems different than the 2 options I mentioned above. Building behind the flood wall, which is in essence on the river, but is different than the other descriptions listed. I was reminded by the proposed Marriott AC hotel that was just announced and feel that type of project is informed by the wall as much as it is by the river and has different sensitivities to the river.
  11. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    Importantly, I think we're all on the same page. Building on the river is good with the appropriate developments, built the right way and appropriate for the type of river it's closest in relationship to. deep water & navigable or rock strewn cascading rapids with falls, grass islands, wildlife & bird sanctuaries and unnavigable. both ask different questions with different responses architecturally and both seem possible to capitalize on.
  12. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    You're right, with a name like hike I do appreciate the river and all that is has done and is doing for Richmond. What I'm articulating and not very clearly obviously, is that strictly speaking, I don't see moving the development as designed for the coliseum and all that is planned for Navy Hill and plopping that on the river, this is what I'm talking about. By suggesting a large scale-ish nature center, informational center about the river and the eco-system, welcome center, visitor center as an attraction, but complimentary to the landscape, smaller hotels, shops, residential, additional pathways connecting a bridge park (?) on an on, that's not being more appreciative of the river? This is nothing but honoring the river!
  13. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    yeah, the river, great idea, not. Agree, the river has potential, but not for something with this much impact, it could easily go from being a pastoral scenic beautiful river to overcrowded and invisible. I can't imagine this scale anywhere down there. I like the idea of the river remaining a park like setting, could see a large scale-ish nature center, informational center about the river and the eco-system, welcome center, visitor center as an attraction, but complimentary to the landscape, smaller hotels, shops, residential, additional pathways connecting a bridge park (?) on an on.
  14. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    This seems familiar, let's hope this doesn't go in the same path as the diamond, which is still waiting to be decided, has that been more than 10 years? The link below is a new opinion by Paul Woody, a writer for RTD sports, and he makes an argument for a shared obligation between all the surrounding counties to share the burden of the cost of the coliseum. In theory, is not a bad idea as all the county residents will be users, but, it will be the death of the project. If you read the comments, these provide some insight of the readers on this idea, most opposing and suggesting if that were the case it should be moved out of downtown, not enough parking, too much traffic among other thoughts of insolence towards the project in general - seem familiar? https://www.richmond.com/sports/plus/woody-cost-of-new-arena-should-be-a-shared-obligation/article_25391080-55b2-5855-ace7-eac5ffc217b2.html The Richmond way enthusiastic announcement of a project - psyched for the potential! get public involvement, - allows haters to get loud, be the loudest voice consider other locations that would be better - muddies the project so much that individuals aren't sure what's the best idea anymore. ask counties for money or suggestions of what they'd want - same as above. generate studies of studies - offsetting opinions of finances make it hard for a clear picture, same as above. will the coliseum go down this same road - 50/50 - there's just as much chance that it will not move forward as there is a chance of it moving forward
  15. Hike

    New Richmond Arena

    Did anyone read the article in the RTD, opinion piece by Paul Williams, he's the same one who thought not to do a referendum, he's now saying the river is the best plan for this. https://www.richmond.com/news/plus/williams-the-james-river-is-downtown-s-best-plan/article_cdd8ced5-e92d-5e5f-b98e-99afb2c54ef8.html
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