Monroe Park Issue

This is a collection of articles, blog posts, and information about the struggle to keep a section of Monroe Park open during renovations. We have put all of these here to make it easier for folks visiting our blog explicitely to learn about what is going on in the park.

The Sections under ‘Insider Perspectives’, ‘Outsider Perspectives’, and ‘Articles and News’ are taken from the site and adapted and added to.

From the Wingnut Blog- Here are all of the individual posts from the Wingnut Blog about Monroe Park

Shop for a Reason at RumorsNov. 11,2010

www.monroepark.orgNov. 11,2010

New Remix of Monroe Forum Video
Nov. 11, 2010

Monroe Park Plans Removed from Website
Nov. 11, 2010

Renovation of Monroe Park Can Be Done In Stages
Nov. 05, 2010

Video from Last Nights Monroe Park Meeting
Nov. 05, 2010

Article On Monroe Park in Today’s RIchmond Times Dispatch
Nov. 01, 2010

Thanks San Francisco Food Not Bombs
Oct. 26, 2010

Nov. 3 Craft Night Monroe Park Campaign
Oct. 26, 2010

Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Indymedia Live
Oct. 19, 2010

Wingnut in Terrible Commonwealth Times Article
Oct. 16, 2010

Keep Monroe Park Open Video
Oct. 12, 2010

Food Not Bombs Statement Regarding Monroe Park
Oct. 10, 2010

Monroe Park Costs
Oct. 4, 2010

Wingnut Demands Regarding Monroe Park
Sept. 20, 2010

Food Not Bombs Threatened Monroe Park to Close for 9 Months
Sept. 19, 2010

Insider Perspectives
Here you will find links to opinion editorials from individuals and organizations working in solidarity with us to keep Monroe Park open and free.

On Page A7 of this week’s edition of the Richmond Free Press, Bob Powell writes an article called: Misconceptions about Monroe Park – Real Problems: Unemployment, lack of affordable housing. Powell touches on relevant issues including, racism, and classism.

Richmond Free Press Article on Monroe Park Nov 24-27, 2010

If You Actually Spend Some Time in Monroe Park Instead of Just Listening to Rumors
Nov. 13, 2010

by Andrew Phinney

Monroe Park Another Brick in the Wall from www.myrva.blogspot.comNov. 5, 2010

Monroe Park Renovations Protest
Oct. 26, 2010
The Richmond Spark
The Richmond Spark reports on the Monroe Park Renovations and a week-long protest by at least one VCU Students for a Democratic Society member.

Letter to the Editor
Oct. 22, 2010
by Nathan Stickel
A response to Commonwealth Times’ Why renovate Monroe Park? on Oct. 14, 2010.

Monroe Park Advisory Council Attempts Cessation of Incoming Emails
Oct. 19, 2010
by MRO

Food Not Bombs Statement Regarding Monroe Park
Oct. 10, 2010

Outsider Perspectives
Here you will find links to opinion editorials from individuals and organizations that are indirectly involved.

Monroe Doctrine
Nov 9, 2010 Richmond Times Dispatch
by Staff Reports
“While we’re always willing to believe the worst about the corporate fascists and capitalist pig-dogs and whatnot, in this case the objections seem a trifle . . . overwrought.

Note to FNB: Chill, dudes. It’ll be OK.”

Why renovate Monroe Park?
Oct. 14, 2010 Commonwealth Times
by John Richardson
Columnist John Richardson believes that the end justifies the means and that we should “try not to complain.”

Where’s a good place to eat… if you’re homeless?
Sept. 20, 2010 Carmelized OpiNIONS
by Jason Guard
The author of Richmond Magazine’s #1 local food blog takes the city to task for trying to relocate the homeless.

Articles and News About the Monroe Park Renovations

Monroe Park Plan Leaves Out Homeless
Nov 9th, 2010 Richmond Times Dispatch
by Michael Paul Williams
“It’s not clear when publicly funded parks installed a gender and caste system that limits the ranks of the poor. But try as some might to hide poverty and hunger from the sensibilities of a target market, poverty and hunger are too plentiful here to erase from view.”

Squatter’s Rights in Monroe Park?
Nov 5th, 2010, Style Weekly
by Vernal Coleman
Advocates for the homeless in Monroe Park are crying foul over the park’s planned $6.2 million renovation, asking where the homeless will go. But another issue has yet to be raised. If a squatter can legally lay claim to abandoned property after occupying it for an extended period of time — in Virginia, it’s 15 years — perhaps it’s possible the homeless can do the same at Monroe Park.

Future of Monroe Park Feeding Programs Studied
Nov 5th, 2010, Richmond Times Dispatch
by Will Jones
“However, some attendees sought to reframe the discussion by insisting that at least a portion of the park by Virginia Commonwealth University remain open at all times.”
(related video)

City and community leaders brainstorm about helping homeless
Nov. 4, 2010 NBC 12 News
by Tara Morgan

Monroe Park plan spurs debate over services for homeless
Nov. 1, 2010 Richmond Times Dispatch
by Will Jones

Samuels Criticizes Monroe Park Feedings, Anarchists Fire Back
Sept. 20, 2010 Style Weekly
by Sara Dabney Tisdale
Style Weekly covers the back-and-forth between councilperson Samuels and the hosts of Food Not Bombs.

A Feeding Frenzy in Monroe Park
Sept. 20, 2010
by Chris Dovi
A former Style Weekly regular reports on the conflict.

Did you know…that Monroe Park will be undergoing a $6.2 million renovation next spring?
Sept. 14, 2010 Virginia Supportive Housing
by Cristina Wood
“We all need to make sure that these homeless human beings are not just pushed to the side and forgotten for the sake of cosmetic improvement.”

$6.2 million makeover planned for Monroe Park
Sept. 1, 2010 Richmond Times-Dispatch
by Will Jones
The Richmond Times Dispatch covers the renovations poorly.

2nd District Newsletter: Monroe Is Not for the Homeless
Sept. 2010 2nd District News
by Charles Samuels
Councilman Charles Samuels explains nicely why the homeless and their assistance programs shouldn’t be in Monroe.