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Referendum Sought on Shockoe Bottom Development Plan

Paul Goldman, former Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman and senior advisor to former Mayor Wilder,  is gathering petition signatures to put approval of the proposed Shockoe Bottom stadium development before the voters of Richmond. Goldman says Mayor Jones has rushed the stadium project and has been purposefully vague on the details. The referendum he’s drafted would give Richmonders the final say on the stadium's fate.  The referendum would also lower the threshold of signatures to put future referendums on the ballot.


Council Approves Monroe Park Renovation Over Public Objections

Last night, Richmond City Council unanimously approved a plan to lease Monroe Park to a non-profit group over objections from members of the public who say the arrangement would displace the homeless who live there now.  The 30-year lease to the Monroe Park Conservancy paves the way for a $6 million renovation to the park scheduled to be completed by next year, financed through public and private funds.


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