City Council budget compromise sounds “wake up” alarm

I live in the Bellevue neighborhood in Richmond’s 3rd council district. Bellevue, bounded by Laburnum Avenue, Brook Road, Westbrook Avenue and Hermitage Road has about 1,200 households. Awareness of the mayor’s “Revitalize RVA” plan and the referendum drive has been building slowly, here. Last week, our neighborhood newsletter was published and it included an article about the referendum drive. I will be speaking about the referendum at our civic association meeting this coming Tuesday, May 20th. I’ve been trying my best to ramp up awareness and interest in this issue, here in Bellevue.

Last night, city council, ironically, made the job easier when they approved a budget compromise with the mayor that restored funding for baseball stadium construction in Shockoe Bottom. Shortly after the council meeting, the Bellevue email list-serv came alive with messages from local residents concerned about council’s budget compromise.

Since last night I have received many requests from neighbors for petitions and yard signs and I’ve been out in the neighborhood getting signatures. This may be a good time for CRG members to consider coming here to work the streets. This coming Sunday, May 18th will be a great time to be in Bellevue. We have our annual garden walk on May 18th – 2PM – 6PM and there will be lots of people on the street. If you can make it to Bellevue on Sunday, the retail strip on Macarthur Avenue or the area around the intersection of Claremont and Macarthur may be good places to try.

– John Moser

Here is more info on the garden walk:

Event Details

25th Annual Bellevue Garden Walk @ Bellevue Neighborhood

May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The 2014 Bellevue Garden Walk celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The date is Sunday May 18th and the gardens will be open from 2Pm to 6PM, rain or shine. Blooming at that time are roses, deciduous azaleas, late flowering bulbs, hydrangeas, iris, peonies, flowering trees and shrubs, and so much more. Gardens are always in a state of evolution and every year we showcase both fledgling and mature gardens.

 Last year’s 2013 event included local artists showcasing a work of art displayed in one of the gardens. By popular request we are featuring Bellevue’s large community of artists who sharing their art work in most of the gardens. A few Open Studios will proceed the Garden Walk and be open from 11AM to 2PM.

A program will be delivered to every Bellevue house prior to the Garden Walk. Be on the look-out for your copy.

Walking throughout our lovely neighborhood is one of the benefits of this special annual event. The Beautify Bellevue committee has also been hard at work and we direct you to view their efforts as you travel through Bellevue. See the Studios, have brunch or lunch at one of our local restaurants, and then go to the see the Gardens. We guarantee a fun day with friends and neighbors. There is no charge for our Bellevue Garden Walk.

Alert – we love our dogs but they are not suitable for our hosts’ gardens. Please take them for a walk another time.

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