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Dear John Geluardi,
Thanks again for a great article on Richmond, and the conversation it has started here. I continue to be impressed with the people in Richmond new and old. The folks who stayed behind after the "mortgage meltdown" are a beautiful piece of our history, with amazing stories of Richmond past and present. They tip their hats on the street, and are just generally welcoming and warm. These folks, many from places like Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana are truly precious and valuable from a social standpoint, too. I mean, where else can you meet a woman who picked cotton in Mississippi before getting a scholarship to UC Berkeley? You cannot beat the diversity of this town!
PS We just opened a little bicycle repair shop here and have high hopes. Please come visit us sometime!
Justine & Slimm Buick
I think I will vote yes on the sales tax. That way we can keep our level of services and be prepared for the imminent growth, now that the secret is out. Thanks a lawt EBX! ;)
Thanks for the great story. Makes me proud to be a Richmond resident. Wound up here by accident, and have no intention of leaving ... we already knew much of this from mingling with the friendly folk here in town!
Justine & Slimm Buick
Bicycle Art Salon
@Wandagb - I agree that a casino is never a good solution or business addition to a community. It changed Jackson, CA, forever when they let it go from "Indian Bingo" to what they have now -- car-jackings, embezzlement, homicide, suicide and more all as a result of gambling addiction.
@blugrndundrgrss - The Iron Triangle is not as bad as you think. It was pretty scary, a few years, according to the "old timers" but we've had more great things happen since moving here than one could ask for. Not only are the people warm, and friendly, there is a burgeoning art scene here. Out at the Bridge Art Space, where my husband Slimm Buick has his studio the "Bicycle Art Salon" there's a whole group of artists thriving. Yes, the Iron Triangle area has had a lot of crime in the past. But, after the "mortgage meltdown" a lot of new folks have moved in and things are changing. But, don't take my word for it. Hop on your bike and come check out the Richmond Greenway and Bay Trail or visit us during the Pro Arts Open Studios tour in June. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Look no further than your neighbors, in Richmond, California and the success of Pogo Park!
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