I have called Richmond, Virginia home since 1996 when I moved here after graduating from law school to start work as a lawyer.  While my family and I have very much enjoyed all aspects of life in RVA over the years, never have I felt more civic pride and sense of community than this past weekend as I participated in various events and activities commemorating the dedication of the new Arthur Ashe Boulevard.  So many congratulations, thanks, and kudos to share with the many organizations, government agencies, and individuals who made this transformative moment a reality.  From the Friday evening tennis event at Byrd Park to the formal dedication ceremony on the lawn of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, to the afternoon of tennis games and activities at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Battery Park, and concluding with the festive after-party on the rooftop of The Graduate hotel, RVA put its best foot forward in every way.  There were no protests, no divisiveness, not a hint of negativity on display….just thousands of people gathering together in solidarity to honor the legacy of a great person and send a positive message to the rest of the world as to who we are and what we stand for as a community.  Well done RVA.  Let’s keep moving forward!

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