New Pine Street Connector Plans (May Include Street Renaming)

The good news that emerged this week was that the controversial 2nd Street Connector proposal has been withdrawn due to strong citizen opposition. The bad news was that the alternative Spring Street connector idea has been rejected as well.

What may be seen as even worse news is that Dominion Resources is now proposing that South Pine Street be turned into their connector road. Coming off Idlewood, the street direction would be reversed from it’s current northerly flow and instead would be one-way south towards Dominion’s riverside headquarters. The street would then replace the Overlook and terminate instead with a ramp and bridge going directly to the upper floor of Dominion’s parking deck. Because it’s so very important for Dominion employees to be able to get in and out of work (and the City) quickly, the speed limit would be raised to 45 mph, and a new traffic signal light would be put in place at Holly Street and Pine Street (at Dominion’s expense, of course).

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‘Teen Sex’ Explained

No, this does not have anything to do with the VCU Sex Club.

When ‘Teen Sex’ appeared, most neighbors figured it was idiocy that usually ends with arrests. However there are unconfirmed reports today that this may actually be part of ‘urban street advertising’ strategy by a controversial white power group. ‘Aryan Babies Now’ is a shadowy Canadian group that promotes the idea of Caucasians having sex early and often.

Jennifer Hancock, President of the Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association, had this to say: “Neighbors had asked the City to please remove what they had thought was graffiti, and they thought they saw some work being done, but then the cleanup crew left. So maybe it is because it is supposedly an ad that they had to stop. Regardless, “this ad” (ed. note: making the bunny ear, air quotes hand sign) is totally unacceptable. This is not what this neighborhood is about and it is not what we are about. We find it appalling and we want it removed immediately.”

Looking at the City’s SeeClickFix site and messages from neighbors, most had indeed thought it was graffiti and had hoped that the City would have removed it more quickly due to the proximity to the St. Andrew’s School. They thought for sure that it would have been cleaned up by now, if not for them, then for the suburban visitors for the Monument Avenue 10K that took place yesterday.

Nothing has been heard from property owners and there has been no connection made between “this ad” and the City’s secret deal over the illegal billboard on Mayo Island.

Neighbor To Appear on “Doomsday Preppers” TV Show

A resident neighbor of Albemarle Street, who will only give his name as “John”, is appearing on the National Geographic cable channel show ‘Doomsday Preppers”. From the show description:

“Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.”

Although “John” says he does not want to give away more information beyond what the show reveals for security reasons, he started ‘prepping’ after George W. Bush was appointed President by the Supreme Court in 2000. Due to his renewed concerns about a nuclear accident, “John” has created a bunker within his large basement. In addition to food, water, anti-radiation suits, and guns, he has added at least one comfort snack- many, many bags of pork rinds, bought one bag at a time from local convenience stores. “John” is currently single, though he is searching for a like-minded mate on the dating site, Survivalist Singles. There is no confirmed date when “John”‘s episode will be aired, though he suspects his neighbors will be be asking him more questions when it does. He said he received an “excellent” rating from the show’s experts on his preparations. In the meantime, he may start doing some writing for SurvivalBlog.com.