Bill Paulus column Jan. 20
The Rampant Lion: City Point: A portal to freedom from slavery In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Hopewell, then City Point, played an important role in the fight against slavery in Virginia.
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#1 Jan 26, 2011
What has happened to the City Point area? I have not been in that area in a many years and was almost brought to tears at how run down it has become. There were a few (and I mean a few residences) that looked nice but for the most part it looked like a ghetto. The City Manager, Mayor, Hopewell Historic Society, City Council, Architectural Review Board(which by the looks of the area doesnt exist anymore) and other City officials should be ABSOLUTELY ashamed of themselves!! I have told many of my history buff friends to visit the area but will never do so again. What happened to all of the placques on the historic homes? Is there still a designated historic district? There was an organization that helped keep things going in City Point-I guess it is gone. I couldnt even read some of the street signs and the streets were littered with leaves trash, abandoned cars and run down apartments and houses. I guess none of the top officials live in that area therefore they dont care. I can remember a day when City Point was THE place to live and you be proud of living there. I literally did not feel safe. Again, SHAME on you for allowing such a historical area to become so foul and unwelcoming. I will NOT be returning!!
#2 Jan 26, 2011
The mayor lives down in City Point, but she is to busy with the GOBs, and the sheriff to help anyone but them. To bad she also has a husband and 4 kids. City Point is still the center of the universe, just too much rental property for the GOBs.
#3 Jan 27, 2011
If the Mayor lives in City Point,he/ she should be ashamed. The area looks so depressed and run down from even 5 years ago. What a pity to have all of that history there and the City turn its back on that area. Though as I was coming over the bridge into Hopewell the housing around RT. 10 looked just as unkept and poverty sticken. What has happened to the good City of Hopewell?? At one point some prominent/ wealthy people lived in Hopewell. I assume they have moved or passed.
#4 Jan 27, 2011
She (the mayor)lives in an early 1800s period home that looks like a dump. GOD help Hopewell.
#5 Jan 27, 2011
Why hasnt anyone spoke out about this or has everyone just given up?
#6 Jan 27, 2011
People speak, no one in "power" listens or gives a crap unless you are a close friend or a GOBs. It is who you know and who you blow.
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