I am happy to hear that city officials are active in trying to remove blight from the face of the city (“Show Stoppers,” Cover Story, May 27). However, preventing a woman from enjoying the therapeutic benefits of dance, and in her own home, is going a few steps too far. Are home offices allowed in Richmond? And what of the arts?
I was encouraged when I heard Mayor Jones speak of his fondness for First Friday events and similar happenings during his candidacy. I hope that his remarks were not just lip service to the arts and culture makers and admirers in the city. Hopefully, he and other officials will see that policy and protocol are developed and administered fairly and in a way to promote and encourage artistic and cultural expression.
It is concerning when city officials are willing to entertain motions to change rules and alter zoning guidelines for the benefit of small and private interests (see Echo Harbour). It is a mistake to ignore the common interest and opinions of the people. Let's not forget that Richmond is in competition with other cities for new businesses and the talent those businesses want to employ. A city that not only is safe but also vibrant, active and smartly developed, is a city that most would find appealing. There is no hope for a city if it chooses to be deaf, blind and vacant.