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By Greg L | 11 May 2012 | Manassas City | 25 Comments

Apparently, this concept rendering represents Manassas City’s grand plan to promote tourism in Old Town.   I can just imagine what kind of excitement and enthusiasm this will generate across the country, as people flock to come see that yes indeed, we in this part of the world can spell.

And produce art, at fairly substantial taxpayer expense, that can stand proudly alongside anything a third-grader can produce.

From the breathless press release that announced this creative boon for the city:

Don’t miss the chance to read a LOVE letter on The Manassas Museum lawn this summer.

The LOVE letter sculpture that will decorate the lawn is a collaboration between the museum and Historic Manassas, Inc., (HMI) and is thanks to a Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) grant awarded to the museum. It will be unveiled on Wednesday, May 30 at 3 p.m. on the museum lawn.

The LOVE theme is an ongoing marketing tool used by the VTC, which has long branded the state’s tourism marketing campaign with the slogan “Virginia Is for Lovers.” The current marketing campaign promotes the theme “LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.”

A traveling LOVE sculpture which has appeared at visitor’s centers and tourist attractions across the state has become a magnet for photographs and brought attention to the state’s attractions. VTC sponsored a limited number of $1,200 grants like the one awarded to the museum so that organizations might construct their own LOVE letter attractions.

The six-foot-tall LOVE letters set to appear on the museum lawn are painted blue and gray to reflect the area’s Civil War heritage, and will be mounted on a train flat car, with a rail and train installed on the letter “O” to represent the area’s railway heritage. Mark Olsen, President of HMI’s board and a Manassas Historic Resources Board member, is donating his time and talents to the construction, and museum and city public works crews will finish and install the sculpture. It will remain in place until the end of 2012.

My, I can hardly await the unveiling.  Can you?

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  1. Anonymous said on 11 May 2012 at 3:45 pm:
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    It’s almost as useful as the forty thousand in similar grant fund being used to make the Caboose in Haymarket handicapped accessible, forget that the museum where its parked is never open and a wheelchair can’t fit through the door of the caboose.

  2. A fool and his money . . . said on 11 May 2012 at 4:12 pm:
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    Fools spending my money on really dumb stuff, gee what else is new in the City?

  3. Maureen said on 11 May 2012 at 5:47 pm:
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    If they were going to attract people it should have been done much differently than what is pictured here. That thing is hideous.

    Is HMI competing with Fernandez for the biggest eyesore in Old Town?

  4. Skepp said on 11 May 2012 at 6:11 pm:
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    This is pitiful!!!

  5. Fed Up Conservative said on 12 May 2012 at 4:53 am:
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    What’s pitiful is the overall negative people on this site. I’m slowly becoming embarrassed to call myself a conservative. If this is the worse thing you have to complain about then what a life some of you lead. Big effin deal with this endeavor.

  6. NoVA Scout said on 12 May 2012 at 5:31 am:
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    I hardly ever see anything conservative here, Fed-Up. About 95% of every word uttered seems to be coming from some confused, non-knowledge-linked, emotionalism that hasn’t the slightest relationship to a disciplined conservative political philosophy. So don’t despair. Just don’t buy in to self-applied labels that mean nothing.

  7. Blacksburg Conservative said on 12 May 2012 at 8:23 am:
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    I started looking at this site a few years ago when your county approved the ID check law. I have to admit that I share the sentiment expressed by NoVA Scout. What could be an effective tool in discussing the multitude of problems related to illegal aliens ends up being the launching pad for an angry, frustrated political wanna-be. I wouldn’t put too much weight on the blog administrator’s childishness, Fed-Up.

  8. es_la_ley said on 12 May 2012 at 4:33 pm:
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    Oh, goody, a conservative cat fight. :(

    Blacksburg Conservative said “What could be an effective tool in discussing the multitude of problems related to illegal aliens ends up being the launching pad for an angry, frustrated political wanna-be. “

    This outta be good. ;)

  9. es_la_ley said on 12 May 2012 at 7:28 pm:
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    Hey, if they pony up enough cash to add another “E” and a “V” to it…

    EV + LOVE.

    Spin it around and you got an Obama campaign slogan………. EVOLVE! :-)

  10. Fed Up Conservative said on 12 May 2012 at 7:47 pm:
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    I’d call it a backlash by the “normal” conservatives against the minority “radical or extreme right”.

  11. Greg L said on 12 May 2012 at 8:25 pm:
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    Oh, look! It’s all the folks who feel compelled to apply some qualifying word before “conservative” before they peddle some liberal hogwash as a “conservative” position.

    Gee, I’ve never seen that before! How creative! It’s not like we ever saw someone call herself “Compassionate Conservative” who then argued for amnesty for illegal aliens, admitted to being married to an illegal alien, and then ran an independent effort to defeat Supervisor John Stirrup! Since no one has ever though of such a brilliant idea, maybe every leftist ought to adopt some variation of this theme, knowing that BVBL readers can’t possibly see through a subterfuge as intellectually superior as this!

    Step 1: Pretend to be something you’re not.
    Step 2: ????
    Step 3: Profit!

    You folks are the underwear gnomes.

  12. es_la_ley said on 12 May 2012 at 9:10 pm:
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    Fed Up Conservative said on 12 May 2012 at 7:47 pm:

    I’d call it a backlash by the “normal” conservatives against the minority “radical or extreme right”.

    Well, now you have to contrast them. The podium is all yours. ;-)

  13. John said on 12 May 2012 at 10:43 pm:
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    Whats the big deal here? This is a statewide tourism initiative..I do not think it is a big waste of money as it really has cost NO money…especially tax payer’s money. This is a non issue really….

  14. Greg L said on 12 May 2012 at 10:58 pm:
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    $1,200 in VTC grants (state taxpayer money) and an undisclosed number of Manassas City employees who are tasked with constructing it and finishing it, using city equipment and materials to do so. Although this certainly isn’t the biggest expense the city has undertaken in recent years, one has to wonder why anyone thought this expense (at any level) was in the interest of the taxpayers.

    I think the taxpayers would have gotten a better return encouraging people to come to the city to see the mayor throw equivalent fistfuls of cash from the upper deck of the parking garage. At least then there’s be some tax revenue when whoever scarfed some of it up spent their windfall on adult DVDs from KK’s temptations, and more would show up for that, I’m sure.

  15. Blacksburg Conservative said on 13 May 2012 at 7:15 am:
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    I’m not sure how you define conservative, Greg L, but the strident defense of your singular right to define it for everyone else speaks to your obviously frustrated ambitions. You see, down here in this part of Virginia, we work hard, we take care of our own, we worship our Creator, and we don’t spend more than we take in. We don’t look to Richmond or Washington for the solution; we take care of it ourselves. We call that common sense. Many call it “conservative”. We’ve been this way for a long time. We don’t stomp our feet like a petulant child when someone offers a different view. The cost of this sign is only $1200? The House of Delegates authorized much more than that for promotion of the movie industry in Virginia. C’mon, exhibit some perspective.

  16. freedom said on 13 May 2012 at 10:46 am:
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    Only $1200…yep, only $1200 but for an absolute monstrosity when worthwhile projects go underfunded. Oh well, only $1200…pshaaaaaaaaw

  17. The Real Disgusted said on 13 May 2012 at 6:18 pm:
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    You conservatards go bonkers about this $1200, yet you scream for deregulation so another big bank like JP Morgan can lose $2 billion in a blink of an eye and expect me to bail it out…AGAIN!!!! You all are full of it!

  18. freedom said on 14 May 2012 at 6:58 am:
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    Well Real, perhaps you’d like to cite some examples of effective fed government regulation…but don’t cite TSA, GSA, EPA, NEA, FHA, or SSA (for starters) because their “stellar successes,” whether regulatory or administrative, have already been well documented.

    JP Morgan is still very strong and solvent; the effectiveness of their internal regulationn will be determined by their ultimate success/failure. They don’t need or deserve government bail-out either; if they can’t succeed, they SHOULD fail — but my bet is on their success.

    If government regulation is unchecked, neither you nor I will be able to express opinion concerning government, regardless of the party in power…that is, if the opposition party is not “regulated” out of the way.

  19. Maureen said on 14 May 2012 at 6:47 pm:
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    Why didn’t they use the Virginia is for lovers logo if they were going to do this? How many people are going to travel to old town to have their picture taken in front of that eye sore? No is going to know what it means.

    Love? Love what?

  20. freedom said on 14 May 2012 at 8:17 pm:
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    Absolutely agree, Maureen!!

  21. Rasmus said on 15 May 2012 at 3:14 pm:
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    The mayor’s going to throw cash from the top of the parking garage!!? When?

  22. citizenofmanassas said on 15 May 2012 at 4:59 pm:
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    I’m sure anything related to the Confederate history of the City would have been too much for some, but really if they are going to promote the City, let’s do so in a historical way. The best preserved fort in the City is a Confederate built fort. Thomas J. Jackson led a very successful raid on the Manassas Junction. The Confederates built a rail line from the City to Centreville in order to move supplies quicker betweent the two points, and which is an important historical footnote in the history of trains. The City has a Confederate Cemetery, along with a Confederate Monument.

  23. Doug Brown said on 16 May 2012 at 6:02 am:
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    Good idea. As a transplanted Yankee, I propose we let kids play take the reb fort. The reb side can raise the reb flag every morning and the always, daily victorious Yankee side can raise the the stars & stripes by the close of the business day. :-)

  24. citizenofmanassas said on 16 May 2012 at 1:56 pm:
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    HA HA. But I like reenacting the raid better. Lots of free food from the Federal Government,,, err, that already happens though daily here in the City.

  25. true blue said on 18 May 2012 at 4:37 pm:
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    Late reading, but I want to move to Blacksburg!! Finally a dose of sensibility.

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