John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist who argued for fiscal stimulus during the Great Depression, said “in the long-run we’re all dead.” Perhaps an appropriate equivalent is, if we fail to act, “in the short-run we’re all dead too.” No matter how we choose to handle COVID-19, there are economic ramifications, some of which are already being felt throughout the community.
If you recall, a few years ago Hardywood was told by the City of Richmond that they owed back-taxes for meals tax after initially being told they owed none. Since the city seemed incapable of understanding their own city code, I help them out a bit, illustrating why Hardywood, by their own definition, did not owe any such taxes.
Here I systematically take down the last-ditch effort to push Shockoe Stadium through with fliers titled "Great Cities Do Great Things".
My original proposal for City Hall To Go. I have further developed the idea as part of reenvisioned city services, as well as ideas on how to leverage the data from these services to better all residents of Richmond.
The original response to Shockoe Stadium, and the need to educate residents on all aspects of the plan. Note: I wrote this while I was employed as the City Economist, because the city refused to heed my warnings, and instead wanted a "yes" for Mayor Jones to have his pet project approved. Not on my watch.
Economist, City of Richmond; Co-founder, RideRichmond
With 260 miles of bike lanes and trails, Portland, Ore., is frequently listed among America’s most bicycle-friendly cities. If Michael Gilbert has his way, Richmond will be joining Portland on that list. "I think a healthy city is a diverse city, and a diverse city offers multiple if not equal transportation options to its citizens," says Gilbert.