Times-Dispatch editorial: 'The lay of the land'

We have met in person with the Times-Dispatch editorial board. Richmond newcomer Chris Gentilviso, associate opinions editor, accurately lays out the vision for Navy Hill from our team.

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday, Fifth Street in downtown Richmond was noticeably quiet.

Bellhops pushed a tourist’s belongings inside the Hilton Downtown Richmond. Across the street, two taxi cab drivers sat in front of the Richmond Marriott, one smoking a cigarette while the other scrolled through his cellphone, each earnestly waiting for their next fare.

Up toward Clay Street, at a time when rush hour is still in motion around the city, the roads and sidewalks around the Richmond Coliseum and Greater Richmond Convention Center lack foot and vehicle traffic.

These addresses are opportunities for downtown revitalization. The financing is complex. Richmond’s history of incomplete projects is a cause for concern. But after meeting with city and NH District Corp. officials, RTD Opinions begins its survey of the coliseum project proposal with open eyes and a basic question: What is the lay of the land?

Read the full editorial at the Times-Dispatch.

Jeff Kelley