Instead of finding a location for the new south Richmond firehouse that would have advanced the renewal of this partially frayed part of town, they did something inexplicable. They appropriated a modest-sized, but vital and beautiful chunk of public open space, Canoe Run Park, for a structure that, considering the size of hook and ladder, by definition is highly intrusive. It’s sad. With all the sites in south Richmond ripe for this kind of redevelopment amenity, parkland wasn’t among them.
In Richmond’s 8th district, the race for Richmond City Council is heating up — and sidewalks have folks talking.
“We want to see our tax dollars work for us,” challenger Dawn Page said, taking aim at her opponent. ”We have many needs in the district.”
A fight with the city over a piece of property will continue past Monday night. Richmond City Council delayed a vote on whether or not it will force easements on a property owner on Hull Street Road. The issue will be re-addressed in two weeks after all council members learn more about a resident’s concerns.
While investigators continue to track down the driver, loved ones and neighbors in South Richmond continue to push for sidewalks in the area. Jeffrey Smith is the fourth hit-and- run victim in a four month span, according to Richmond police. The others happened on South 14th Street, Warwick Road and River Road.