The Roanoke Slant

This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: lbhagen@roanokeslant.org

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

 

Roanoke Development in Floodplain

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Roanoke Times, 11-2-11, Pg 1, 16: Proposed $100 million River Project viewed as downtown extension. Flooding issue is being addressed.
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After spending $65 Million dollars of taxpayer money for Flood Control why is there still a floodplain that has to be a key issue in developing this property in Roanoke?
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Because The Corps of Engineers couldn’t do flood control in the Roanoke River at Roanoke because the Snail Darters and the Log Perch were much more important than flood control or any future development within the floodplain!
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So what was done with the $65 Million of taxpayer money – they did stream bank beautification and made a nice paved bike-walk-way. Why don’t they call it what it is, and, does anyone think this is a reasonable and prudent use of $65 Million of misdirected taxpayer money?
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What a sad commentary on our system of decision making, priorities and governance. Too bad we cannot ever again build another Blue Ridge Parkway or a Smith Mountain Lake.
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Long live the Snail Darters and Log Perches and Roanoke; they all deserve each other.
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Flood Control NOT
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2008/02/flood-control-not.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/06/flood-control.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/03/flood-control-or-eyesore.html
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