Richmond, VA’s TV Channel 8 coverage of canal wall demolition.

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The Channel 8 reporter is interested in getting to the bottom of the demolition of the 150 feet of canal wall on city property.  She has done three stories so far.  Jennifer had some excellent quotes. http://www.wric.com/global/Category.asp?c=190525&clipId=7869757&autostart=true http://www.wric.com/global/Category.asp?c=190525&clipId=7873928&autostart=true http://www.wric.com/global/Category.asp?c=190525&clipId=7878963&autostart=true The reporter got the contractor for the 2nd St. Connector project to show her the plans for the project.  I did a screen save from the footage that shows 28 feet to be demolished on Venture Richmond property (see attachment below), yet Venture Richmond claims that they had no knowledge of any wall being removed on their property.   The Liesfeld Contractor claims that the 150 feet of city owned wall somehow "collapsed" when they were removing the 28 feet of wall, although this is certainly not true since I witnessed them…
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OHNA calls for investigation into the destruction of canal property

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Richmond, VA: The Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) acknowledges to Venture Richmond that OHNA made an incorrect assumption that Venture Richmond would be aware of bulldozers and construction crews operating on their own property, and therefore made the erroneous statement that Venture Richmond was responsible for the recent damage to the historic wall and canal. According to an article that appeared in the October 20, 2012 edition of the Richmond Times Dispatch, "William Roberts, a project manager for J.A. Liesfeld, a Rockville-based contractor, acknowledged the firm was hired by NewMarket Corp. to tear down the wall but would not discuss the project." The Richmond Times Dispatch, in October 2011, reported that NewMarket destroyed another large section of the pre-Civil War Tredegar wall, only obtaining the required permit after the fact. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/oct/07/tdmet01-richmond-officials-say-newmarket-work-was--ar-1365435/…
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Venture Richmond damages a portion of the historic James River and Kanawha Canal

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[caption id="attachment_13824" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Bricks from the canal wall demolition.[/caption] RICHMOND, VA: On Tuesday September 16th, 2012, Venture Richmond proceeded to damage a portion of the historic James River and Kanawha canal bank and to destroy a century-old brick structural component of the canal. The Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) has called for the preservation of the 200 year old canal, built largely with slave labor when George Washington was the President of the canal society. The Oregon Hill neighborhood has many connections to the canal, including 601 Spring St, the former home of Samuel P. Parsons, the Canal Superintendent in 1840. Jennifer Hancock, OHNA President, said, "We are seeing Richmond history disappear before our eyes.” OHNA finds it disturbing that it is a public/private partnership that is responsible for the destruction. …
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World Canal Conference in China issues statement on Canal in Danger in Richmond, VA

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Editors Note: The following email was received from Bill Trout: To be proposed for approval on September ...   WHEREAS, the James River Canal is an important historic landmark: the first towpath canal system with locks in the United States, first constructed while George Washington was the canal company's honorary president;   that the World Canals Conference at its 25th annual meeting, in Yangzhou, China, urges the people of Richmond, Virginia, to prevent further destruction of this canal at Tredegar and Ethyl, and to preserve, restore and interpret, and wisely use, this valuable amenity for Virginia and her visitors to use and enjoy for ever.   W.E. Trout III Beijing, China September 16, 2012
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Historic Canal in Richmond in DANGER of being destroyed by amphitheater

Historic Canal in Richmond in DANGER of being destroyed by amphitheater

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by Charles Pool. There is a canal preservation alert in the city of Richmond, Va. where Venture Richmond has revealed plans to irreparably damage one of the oldest sections of the James River and Kanawha Canal in order to improve the sight lines for a proposed amphitheater. This section of the canal was built shortly after the James River Navigation Company was chartered in 1785 with George Washington serving as its first President.  The canal, now on the National Register of Historic Places,  was of immense importance to the development of the region.  As Mary Wingfield Scott wrote, "When it is remembered that as late as 1859 the canal tonnage exceeded the freight on all four railroads entering Richmond, it may readily be seen how important the completion of the…
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