Cover of the Recreational Plan: James River & Kanawha Canal
In early May 2015, I completed a four-year mission to earn my Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. I didn’t do it alone. I had help from my wife, Trish, and my children, Mitchell and Carly.
They allowed me the time to get his work done. I skipped some family events. Stayed home or on campus when I could have been doing more as a father. Continue reading
Volunteers with Richmond MORE on National Trails Day
For this week’s Why Richmond, Why?!? column on Richmond.com, I linked back two opinion pieces that dealt with people mistreating the James River and the James River Park System in Richmond.
Two years ago, I wrote the Top 10 Ways Richmonders Are Ruining the James and the Top 10 Ways Richmonders Are Helping the James and I think both are still applicable today. We can do better caring for the environment and no amount of policing or hiring more park staff would help if park-goers themselves aren’t willing to take ownership of the parks and be a part of the solution. Continue reading
Volunteering at Floodwall (credit EnRichmond Foundation)
I decided to get in a couple of good volunteer events before my semester at grad school gets too busy. So before we received the gift of snow and ice, I participated to two volunteer projects in the James River Park this past week and I’m still smiling about it. The dedication and generosity of volunteers has that kind of powerful effect. Continue reading