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How Stony Point Fashion Park can bring in customers & create a destination

Bike rack at Stony Point Fashion ParkThe owner of Stony Point Fashion Park plans a $50 million redevelopment of the South Richmond mall, the company is announcing in a release to media and reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Sounds like a lot of money — five times as much as Short Pump Town Center spent on recent renovations. They seem to be targeting the more outdoorsy crowd. I may have some suggestions that won’t cost anywhere near $50 million. Continue reading

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Debunking myths about recycling in Central Virginia

TFC Recycling in ChesterReduce, reuse, recycle. Words to live by. While I love to recycle, reduce is my favorite. If we have to use products, at least choose ones that can easily be recycled.

In October, I was given a chance to tour a recycling facility to get more details about the recycling programs in Central Virginia for my Richmond Times-Dispatch column, Why, Richmond, Why?!? Readers have continued to express to me their doubts that recycling programs work and that the effort to gather and sort materials is worth the time. I was challenged to “get out from behind your desk and do a little investigative reporting” by a reader. Glad to oblige, it doesn’t take much to convince me to get up from my desk. Continue reading

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The much anticipated arrival of the Virginia Capital Trail

Sean Cusack, Beth Weisbrod and Juliellen Sarver speak to members of the media on the Virginia Capital Trail at Rocketts Landing, Sept. 29, 2015.So many of us in the Richmond region have been anticipating the completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile paved path that parallels much of state Route 5, beginning in Richmond east of the floodwall and running along Dock Street through Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Charles City and James City before ending in Jamestown.

I took a media tour Tuesday (by bus, not bike, unfortunately) of the trail between Great Shiplock Park and the new Four Mile Creek Park trail head in eastern Henrico County. For the second day in a row, a story I wrote was the Metro section centerpiece story, in large part because I was able to get decent photos. I really appreciated the opportunities to get out of the office. Continue reading

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Volunteering for Mother Nature: A deep dislike for litter

Trash collected during the James River Advisory Council cleanup Sept. 12, 2015.My Why, Richmond, Why?!? column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch this past week was one of those that I have to revisit now and then. This is the beauty of having a column and a platform to express myself and my feelings toward something that I wish people considered to be more important than they apparently do. Continue reading

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Discovering Richmond: Writing for one of my favorite publications

Discover RichmondMore more than a decade, I have contributed in one way or another to the Discover Richmond publications for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

I love guides that help tell the story of Richmond. The past, present and future. Events, where to go and what to do when you get there. The magazine can’t cover it all, but I love to read what other people have to say about my town. Continue reading

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Closer look at cycling issues: Plus, what to say to the anti-bike neigh-sayers

Cyclists on Belvidere in RichmondMy recent Why, Richmond, Why?!? column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch dealt with “Cyclists, pedestrians & drivers still working on mutual respect,” a topic that I like to revisit on occasion to see how far the Richmond region has come to becoming more bike-friendly.

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Rundown provides a chance to see more of the James River

Conditions were perfect for the James River Rundown.

Conditions were perfect for the James River Rundown.

This past weekend, I participated in the James River Rundown, thanks to a push from my friend Justin Doyle of the James River Association. I ran the 20-miler in 4 hours and 26 minutes, which was about the right amount of time to spend on the river. Continue reading

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