The need to be pedestrian friendly.

8 10 2007

The Richmond Times-Dispatch today had an article about a gentleman’s successful efforts to have sidewalks installed along Brook Road in the vicinity of Parham Road.  This is an extremely busy intersection and you do quite often see people attempting to walk, ride and maneuver the area.

In follow up to my post yesterday, I’d also have to say that the need to make areas pedestrian friendly is as paramount as providing adequate public transportation.  You need a way to get to the bus stop if there’s to be a bus stop.

Not only that, but in certain areas it is down right stupid to constantly have to get in your car and relocate to a parking lot just 200 feet away when you could easily walk.  Such is the case of Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville.  With the influx of development along this stretch of road from US 360 to VA 156, it seems logical to install sidewalks so people can take advantage of all the shopping and not have to risk life and limb and travel on Bell Creek Road, aka the Autobahn of Richmond.

I hope that one day the Hanover County Board of Supervisors will acknowledge that it would make more sense to install sidewalks than to have people walking on the shoulder of the road or in the travel lane itself.  This would also be the case for Mechanicsville Turnpike.

People won’t rely less on their cars until they’re given a realistic alternative.

Public Transportation…

7 10 2007

There’s been a lot of talk around the web and in the newspaper about public transportation and the desire to have a regional public transportation system.

Currently, in Richmond, public transportation runs in the City of Richmond, parts of Henrico County and even more limited parts of Chesterfield County.

There are those who wish to expand service into the counties…and that’s fine, however it needs to be done correctly.

Recently GRTC expanded service up Mechanicsville Turnpike to Laburnum Avenue.  That’s good, but you know I begin to wonder what good is it to have public transportation in areas that are not pedestrian friendly.  Also, sticking up a sign on the side of the road and calling that a bus stop is not the way to do things.  People will not take public transportation seriously if it simply means you stand in the grass on the side of the road where traffic’s going 45 mph.

GRTC, or whoever needs to construct decent bus stops for people to wait for the bus in these new areas and in areas they wish to expand to.  I saw the stops at Williow Lawn on Willow Lawn Drive and that’s sort of the idea I’m thinking.  Anything besides a sign in the grass.

I’ve used public transportation in Washington, Norfolk and Atlanta.  It’s easy, and worth the money.  But they’re doing it right and not half way.  We here in Richmond have the nasty habit of doing things that are “good enough” and that has to stop.

October 5, 2007…7:43 pm

5 10 2007

I became an uncle today with the birth of my nephew, Noah Andrew Bonaparte…7 lbs, 6 oz.

Westhaven Towne Center – Mechanicsville, VA

2 10 2007

Heading back to work after lunch yesterday, I noticed a new sign up in the field across from Kroger on Creighton Parkway.  It advertised a development named Westhaven Towne Center.  As soon as I got to a computer that day, I researched about it and found a site with info. 


If this development is built as planned, it will be a phenominal place to live, work and shop.  It’s very similar to the concept of Chester Village Green in Chester, and I’m excited about the prospect of it being here in Mechanicsville. 

I emailed one of the contacts at Thalhimer Real Estate who’s developing the site and was told that “dirt could move soon” at this site depending on how leasing goes.  This is the perfect spot for a Barnes & Noble.  That kind of retailer would fit right in.

This is a spot that will be watched closely to see how it develops.


1 10 2007

….the Mets blew it and are now begining their Winter vacation.  Meanwhile those dirty Phillies are NL East champs.  So much went wrong with the Mets team, it’s no point in even getting into it.  Here’s to 2008.

 On another note, it’s October, time for the other MLB teams to begin the playoffs.  This is always a fun month for me and I get really into the playoffs.

Meanwhile….I have info I’ll be posting soon about a potentiall cool development on Mechanicsville Turnpike @ Creighton Parkway.