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A then and now snapshot of Richmond.

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Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va.
Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Learn More and Voice Your Opinion on Proposed Casino

The citizens of Richmond will have the final say in whether to bring a resort casino to Richmond via a voter referendum expected to appear on the November 2021 ballot.

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In January of this year, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced plans to build a casino resort on 36 acres of land near Ingram and Commerce Avenue. The tribe is in the process of securing all the land necessary. If everything goes according to plan the resort will be the home to a 275-room hotel, 1,000 space parking lot, restaurants and of course gambling. The estimated cost of the project is $350 million.

In April 2020, the Virginia General Assembly authorized 5 cities to allow full-service casinos to operate in their jurisdictions. The General Assembly Law requires that the proposed casino operator/site be approved by a voter referendum. In November 2020 Danville, Norfolk, Bristol, and Portsmouth voters approved casino operators/sites to establish in their cities. The City of Richmond is issuing an RFQ/P to select an operator and site. Following the City’s selection of a preferred operator and site, the citizens of Richmond will have the final say in whether to bring a resort casino to Richmond via a voter referendum expected to appear on the November 2021 ballot. For more information, visit www.rva.gov/economic-development/resort-casino.

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Friends of Rattlesnake Creek Protesting City Plans

The city has a plan for Rattlesnake Creek but a group of citizens believe that the city’s efforts are misguided. 

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Rattlesnake Creek flows into the James River right at the edge of Huguenot Flatwater. As with many creeks in our area, it has issues dealing with erosion and sediment. The city has a plan for Rattlesnake Creek but a group of citizens believe that the city’s efforts are misguided.
The Friends of Rattlesnake Creek outline their issues below and are urging folks to sign their petition.
  • The City of Richmond wants to remove over 100 mature trees from Rattlesnake Creek in a harmful, misguided attempt at “restoration.” The trees and understory span several acres and serve as a wildlife corridor, while also providing natural protections to the water quality of the creek. The stated goal of this ill-conceived project is to reduce sediment from erosion that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Although reducing dissolved sediment in our water bodies is important, it’s become increasingly clear that the real motivation – to collect tax credits at any cost – has seriously undermined any potential restorative value of the project.
  • The lack of foresight demonstrated in this “restoration” plan is anything but restorative. It sacrifices the local ecosystem and attacks the problem at the symptom level, not the source. It does not address the real issue of watershed remediation, and comes at great cost to ecosystems and taxpayers.
  • Best Management Principles were not followed. No Site Assessment was conducted. No Environmental Impact Report was done. The information needed to make an informed decision was not presented at public hearings.
  • Previous stream restoration projects the City has undertaken have had questionable outcomes; improperly stabilized banks have washed out in high water events, invasive species have negatively impacted new plantings, and newly planted trees have died due to lack of care.
  • The tax credit money the City would receive for this project will not make up for the ecological destruction that this shortsighted project will cause at taxpayers’ expense.
  • There’s still time to protect Rattlesnake Creek! Other RVA restoration projects, including the Reedy Creek Project, were abandoned or discontinued after citizen’s made their voices heard.
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Henrico Schools cancel winter sports in light of rising COVID-19 cases

School officials will consider the possibility of allowing spring sports in February, depending on how the pandemic continues to unfold.

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From the Henrico Citizen:

There will be no school-sponsored winter sports in Henrico County this year, school officials announced Monday.

The decision came in light of rising COVID-19 case incidence locally and tighter state restrictions about indoor events, according to Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks.

Fall sports were delayed until the spring (with a start date of Feb. 4), and Henrico Schools officials will evaluate in January the possibility of allowing those sports to take place, Jenks wrote in a message posted on the school system’s website and sent to families.

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