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Unite Hampton Roads
Time for some thoughtful, fact-based discussion on all things related to the unity and unification of Hampton Roads.
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 14
Consolidation Myth #2: "If we consolidate, we’ll lose our city’s unique identity/character.” A city’s identity matters, esp. here, but is it the same as status in a govt org chart? We’ll look at cases in & the US. Come learn something.
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 12
Norfolk gets ‘American Ninja Warrior’ like obstacle course at Lafayette Park
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 12
Read my letter to the Daily Press here where I talk about why consolidation should be a part of our public dialogue. What’s your opinion? Please note that “behave cooperatively” was originally “behave uncooperatively” when I sent it to them. Not sure why it was changed.
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 8
Replying to @unitehamptonrds
Peakers? Hamptonites? Newport Newsies? Portsmouthers? Suffolkonians? Some of these are in jest but I really would like to hear. I just usually hear people say “Hampton Roads residents” or “Suffolk residents”.
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 8
Quick question:What are the demonyms (e.g. “New Yorkers” are from New York, “Angelenos” are from LA)for the people from & its localities? Hampton Roadies? Hampton Roadsters? Coastal Virginians? Coasters? Norfolkians? Norfolks? Virginia Beachers? Or do any even exist?
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 7
Replying to @VApoliticalmeme
You were born after 1857 which means you live in a world where toilet paper is commercially produced and widely available.
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Unite Hampton Roads Jun 5
When I get worried that doesn’t have a strong enough regional body to ensure a unified response to sea level rise, I’ll sometimes go to that pro football stadium that all the cities worked together to build and it makes me feel better.
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Alissa Skelton Jun 1
No one should have to fear being gunned down at work. Remember these people.
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Sara Gregory Jun 1
Replying to @saragregory
Crowd is holding hands and singing Amazing Grace.
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Ralph Northam Jun 1
Laquita C. Brown Tara Welch Gallagher Mary Louise Gayle Alexander Mikhail Gusev Katherine A. Nixon Richard H. Nettleton Christopher Kelly Rapp Ryan Keith Cox Joshua A. Hardy Michelle "Missy" Langer Robert "Bobby" Williams Herbert "Bert" Snelling You will never be forgotten.
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HR Chamber May 29
Come and celebrate the 31st year of this Thursday, May 30th! The annual celebration of Hampton Roads’ top regional leadership will be one event you won’t want to miss with over 400 of the regions…
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Unite Hampton Roads May 25
Replying to @VApoliticalmeme
It’s not just the govt. Its money in politics. Congress initially didn’t have this as the case but (surprise) lobbyists requested changes that allowed this classification.
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Unite Hampton Roads May 23
Replying to @B_Effin_G @YPtHRive
That’s a good thought. I don’t doubt that there are supporters in tHRive.
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
“Make the conversation happen” I guess I feel like I’m trying to do that but you seem pretty active on Twitter. Any thoughts on how to do that better? Or other platforms? I’m obviously kind of new at this.
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
I agree. It has to be a well organized operation too though. You’d need petitions almost simultaneously at each of the 7cities (assuming that’s the goal). If it happens in 1 only, the narrative becomes “_______ city wants a merger to get us”. If simultaneous, it’s a movement now
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
Yes but that whole RVA merger is about our MSA, a census term used to delineate contiguous urban areas. They’re not talking merging localities into a single, new city. Different process. To me that’s putting a $70 saddle on a $10 horse. It’s nice, but doesn’t fix the real prob.
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
But that’s another myth I intend to cover. You actually don’t need the local govts approval. The people petition for a referendum. If the city gov fails to act, then the circuit court will require them to hold the election. IOW, local govt doesn’t have a veto. Only influence.
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
But if you can make it part of the region’s general political dialogue, then it has to be addressed. I think it also needs to catch the eye of business community and civic elites to really get moving. Chamber of commerce. Folks like that. Then the mayors will listen.
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
Replied 2 wrong tweet. 1 other thought. IMO this seems like something that has to be a slow rise. People need to be comfortable even discussing it first. Right now If you go ask your mayor abt it at the next city council mtng I think the answer will be “no way.” End of discussion
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Unite Hampton Roads May 22
Replying to @B_Effin_G
1 other thought. IMO this seems like something that has to be a slow rise. People need to be comfortable even discussing it first. Right now If you go ask your mayor abt it at the next city council mtng I think the answer will be “no way.” End of discussion.
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