Under the banner Revitalize RVA, Mayor Dwight Jones made his
presentation to the citizens of this fine city and to all of Central Virginia:
Baseball and the Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site are coming to Shockoe Bottom.
So what does this mean for Richmond?
I think it means a transformational step forward for the
citizens of Central Virginia and a long overdue memorial to the slaves who helped
build these United States. But this is also a business decision. Additional
hotel space and a supermarket are well overdue for that area. According to the Mayor's projections, $179
million in additional revenue will be developed and that will be good for our
public schools and the creation of new jobs.
If Richmond wants to be viewed as a first class city that is
constantly moving forward, then this is the right thing to do. This is an
excellent opportunity for us to transform a section of our city that is mainly
comprised of empty parking lots and unused land into a Mecca comprised of two
If you go to LovingRVA.com and look at the architectural rendering,
you will agree that this will be tremendous makeover for Shockoe. And the side by side bonus in this plan is
that the Boulevard will become a first class retail destination.
But don't be a bystander. Whether you are pro or con, it is
important that let City Council members know were you stand. A friend of mine asked "why not build it on
the Boulevard" and it said, "Because it looks sexier downtown!!!" But don't
quote me on that.