Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

I am not always a fan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. But I do appreciate how much the paper does to promote civic engagement–like the Public Square forums they sponsor on significant local issues.

There is one tonight. I have strong feelings on the subject, although I will not be going due to other commitments.  The topic: Baseball in Shockoe Bottom. Click here if you want to know more. http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/SQUA12_20090511-222637/267211/

Can I be subtle? I think building a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom is just plain crazy.

Instead of a stadium in Shockoe Bottom, there is a crying need to develop the historical treatment of the area to draw tourists. Richmond has so much history, but we don’t begin to capitalize on it to draw visitors. A stadium in the Bottom will not do it.

But we do need a real baseball team. And we need to invest in other areas of the city, not just downtown.

The Boulevard area north of Broad is crying out for public help. Developers just built a wonderful cinema there. Let’s support their investment with an up-to-date ballpark, either re-doing the Diamond or building a whole new facility.

What do you think?

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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