Something that looks really neat for downtown but will certainly never come to fruition was unveiled for Shockoe Bottom yesterday, a project heralded by city leaders as “really, really just the cat’s pajamas, totally for real.”
The thing, said to be a $100 million to $150 million heritage site for slavery or something historical like that, could, in theory, be really big and pretty and also supposedly draw tourists to Richmond with that prettiness, officials said.
“Don’t forget the thing’s bigness, which could also be a huge draw for tourists from all over the place – like even the world maybe,” said Richmond mayor Dwight Jones, who has long been an ardent supporter of the delusional project. “This thing looks super awesome on paper, no doubt about it.”
In an emailed response to a question as to whether the project would ever see the light of day, the mayor wrote, “LOL.”
Using common dream project-unveiling phrases such as “put Richmond on the map,” “increase tourism,” and “big and pretty,” officials said the big and pretty project thing would include a slavery museum and a glass-enclosed archaeological site, as well nearly $500,000 in city funds that will be ritualistically buried in a hole.
Mayor Jones said that if all goes according to construction plans, the concept will be toyed with, tinkered with, and run out of town by as early as January.