In the Sunday Commentary section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there are three - THREE! - pieces alone that really struck me.
First, there is John Bryan's piece, "So, What Do You Think About Richmond?" Mr. Bryan is the President of CultureWorks, a non-profit umbrella organization that supports arts and entertainment groups in Richmond. He details his informal interviews with marketing professionals at a conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The question was "Tell Me Everything You Know About Richmond." Apparently, what the thirty three (33) folks interviewedknew was basically nothing. So, Mr. Bryan followed up with each of the interviewees and sent a "pitch" about the City. The remainder of the piece details exactly what he highlighted, things about Richmond, Virginia that make it special and unique.
The second piece is by Mike Hughes, President of the Martin Agency, and Ella Kelley. It suggests turning the Huguenot Bridge into a public park/pedestrian and bike byway, a la the New York City High Line. What a super-cool idea!
The third piece is Tom Silvestri's editorial titled "Four Buddies Discuss How to Play Ball." I'm not too sharp, so it took me well into the first read to figure out Chester was Chesterfield County, Hans was Hanover County, Henry was Henrico County and Rich was, you guessed it!, the City of Richmond. Duh me. But the piece cleverly lays out the various jurisdictions' attitudes towards funding a new ball park for the Diamond. If you have read my blog for any length of time you know I am pro-baseball on the Boulevard, and all for a new ballpark for the Squirrels.
More on all of these topics later, but if you haven't read them, do. Great things are happening in Richmond.