Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Virginia Beach Wishlist

Maybe someday if I win the lottery, I’ll be able to make these reality.  For now though, it seems nobody is concerned with any of this stuff besides me:

  1. Make it easier to pay ALL of our municipal bills online, from one location.
  2. Clean up the mess they call a “web site”.  Compared to other city web sites, like San Diego or New York our web site looks like it was designed by a committee.
  3. Fix the Rosemont / 264 interchange
  4. Build a *real* interconnected system of paths to make it possible to bike, walk or jog across the city without getting run over.
  5. Either establish dedicated bus lanes on all major roads, or put in a rail system.  Or just don’t bother.  Anything else is bullshit.
  6. Put some real effort into Mt. Trashmore Park, not just token effort.
  7. Build a Target or Walmart in place of the ghetto HQ lot near Town Center.  How long is that crap going to sit their like a festering sore?
  8. Build a Great Wolf Lodge somewhere on the south-side, preferrably near the beach.  Some sort of indoor water park for the crappy Winter season.  Keep people coming to the beach even when the weather sucks.
  9. Do something interesting with Pembroke Mall.  Rebuild it like Short Pump Mall or something not so boring and dead.  Join it up with Town Center (hint: walk-over bridge).  It’s right smack in the middle of the busiest area of the city.  Make it a crown jewel of attraction.  Mall of America style. or something.  It feels like a trip into the 80’s right now.
  10. Remember what made this a great city to live in: Parks, Libraries, Recreation, Wildlife, Beaches.  Keep that at the top of your agenda and focus everything around that.
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