City maintenance of Arthur Ashe Monument criticized

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Former Governor Doug Wilder is calling out Mayor Dwight Jones and the City of Richmond. He fired off several tweets Thursday criticizing city maintenance of the monument dedicated to Richmond tennis legend Arthur Ashe.

Richmond native and tennis great Arthur Ashe stands tall at the corner of Monument Avenue and Roseneath Road, but in recent months, weeds and grass have taken over.  And Wilder has taken to Twitter to bring attention to this.

People who live nearby tell 8News that they agree with Wilder’s stance.

Wilder’s comments come in the midst of an ongoing debate about the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue.

Last week, Mayor Dwight Jones said more statues like the Ashe Memorial need to be built for balance.

But Wilder seemingly pointing out Jones did not support the statue when it went up in 1995.

Politics aside, neighbors are calling it a matter of keeping the area beautiful.

One local resident said, “The city needs to take ownership of the monuments.”

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