So Mayor Jones and City Council just gave away 14 tax delinquent, blighted properties it recently seized as reported by The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Break out the noisemakers and party balloons, right? Way to go City, fix those blighted properties!!! Well actually...this is just the latest example of another fraud scheme by the City that cost
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Per our recent story, the City's implementation of its Manchester neighborhood plan from 1996 has been an abysmal failure. But there are two differing schools of thought here. The two competing arguments go something like this: Get Moving! Stop paying for plan after plan with no action for 20+ years. Get this sh*t rolling.
The asphalt Gods are smiling on Manchester! After years of neglect, Bainbridge, Porter, and Perry Streets have benefitted from some badly needed paving by the City of Richmond. It could not have come at a better time. Recently, we have seen pothole fever erupt in Manchester. Not too long ago John Gregory with Fountainhead
Operating for 86 years, but with years of recent financial struggles, Southside Child Development Center closed last Friday, June 17th. In 1929, a group of women noticed young children playing in the streets of South Richmond without adult supervision or schooling. The Depression had forced many mothers and fathers to spend
It's no secret, I have a soft spot for entrepreneurs. I absolutely love seeing people take the plunge and start or expand a new business. What is even more inspiring is seeing folks come to the Unites States and live the American Dream. Ravi McPhee is Manchester's newest entrepreneur with his Island
According to a press release, the Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities, the Barton Malow Foundation, and Richmond International Raceway (RIR) Cares announced on Thursday that they have broken ground on the revitalization of Blackwell Field in the Manchester neighborhood of Richmond. The project will consist of new dugouts, construction of a new
Hull St is about to get whipped into shape! Ravi McPhee has just opened Island Yoga Fitness located at 1227 & 1229 Hull Street. The property was recently renovated and looks absolutely fantastic. The mixed use building has apartments upstairs and at the rear of the first floor. Island Yoga Fitness takes
A beautiful equestrian fountain once sat at the intersection of Hull Street and the Petersburg Turnpike (Cowardin Avenue). According to The Valentine and its history piece on Manchester entitled "Manchester: From Sister City to South Richmond", the fountain was built in 1888 but disappeared sometime in the 1920s: "Built in 1888, this drinking fountain provided passers-by
The City of Richmond adopted a Neighborhood Plan for Old Manchester in 1996 as part of the City's Master Plan. The strategic plan was intended to be a blueprint for the City that would set forth the revitalization of Manchester, yet be flexible enough to allow adaptation as the area developed. The plan explicitly called
In other cities corrupt acts by elected officials and their staff is called graft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud, or cronyism. And these folks go to jail for this type of behavior. In Richmond however, the City bureaucracy has grown so emboldened they don't even blush anymore when committing the most egregious acts.