Last week, Mayor Dwight Jones announced that the Richmond Squirrels will begin having conversations with Henrico and Chesterfield counties about potential sites outside of the city.
This, of course, is not the outcome that the mayor was hoping for, but it appears to now be a matter not totally under his control. Personally, I love the idea of a downtown ball park and what it would mean to downtown development, but I hardly think it’s the end of the world.
So what’s next? I would like to see the city continue with plans for development of both the Boulevard and Shockoe Bottom. Now is also an excellent opportunity to discuss a new private/public partnership that serves the people of Richmond and the surrounding area.
Since everyone seems to be in a talking mood, this is a good time for the Mayor and the County Administrators to discuss all of the items on the table (including the Children’s Hospital) and determine what is in the best interest of the region.
It also appears to be a great time to go back to the drawing board and think about "now that we know what we know now, what would we have done differently" and start there.
When it is all said and done, the best choice is always what is in the best interest of the people.