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  1. You'll be hard pressed to see these two names in the same photo anymore...
    4 points
  2. http://charlotterestauranttraffic.com/ballantyne/bloomingdales-coming-southpark-mall/#.UvTiGmSwJEU Here we go! Southpark just getting better and better
    4 points
  3. 3 points
  4. Would a streetcar line be a flashy luxury? Of course. Do event planners consider flashy luxuries when picking the location for their next event? Absolutely. Just because it doesn't deliver the absolute lowest cost/person/mile doesn't mean that it wouldn't be a driver of development and tax revenue. Regarding BRT and development: I think that the reality is that the Silver Line will spur plenty of development, but probably not as much as if it were rail-based. Anecdotally, I know of some influence that it's had already: Dwelling Place cited it as one of the factors influencing their decisio
    3 points
  5. Here is a quick timelapse update on "The Mint" project. I hope you all enjoy. http://youtu.be/tti7jtNVMNA
    2 points
  6. If they didn't build roads they could provide everybody with 4 wheel vehicles. Public Transportation is an infrastructure service that benefits everybody in the covered region and beyond. It surely is not redistribution. When the system was run by GRATA it was mostly unusable. The Rapid has made the system much more usable and pleasant to use. Nicer buses, nicer, happier, more service oriented drivers and more. Many more middle class riders. Having a top notch public transportation system sure does promote business and population growth. And that benefits even those that don't use it.
    2 points
  7. Its really not a bad idea. Plus the costs could be offset by all the gold they will find under there.
    2 points
  8. That's the most wasp-y town name I can think of, haha.
    2 points
  9. I dunno, EIFS is pretty gritty when it starts falling apart after a few months.
    2 points
  10. That urban 'edge' is a joke. It is surprising that people can still build a parking deck against a busy street to kill any street activity that would spill over from the greenway or Met. 100% chance this doesn't get built. He has announced his hotel after EVERYONE else has already had plans for a hotel. This guy is always late to the game, always late. He is the worst at being able to understand and time a market. He needs to sell his land and give up on the dream of real estate forever.
    2 points
  11. I for one have always maintained that BRT lines do not encourage development like a rail system does. If you travel to a city for business or pleasure, and you see a streetcar going by and the hotel concierge tells you it goes to an entertainment district, you'd probably get on it. If you live in one part of downtown and need to go to work or school in another part of downtown, you'd probably ride it daily. If you see a bus go by, probably not so much. Probably not at all. We went to Universal Studios Orlando about 3 or 4 years ago and there was a shuttle bus that ran up and down t
    2 points
  12. 2 points
  13. In the end, Nashville is Nashville....and East Nashville is East Nashville. Everything else is just incredibly corny.
    2 points
  14. I was thinking it would be but William has been really busy with the Post Magazine. I gave him both projects yesterday, plus a couple of really small projects that are nothing major. The other project is just a little bit bigger. I know of another one that is close by I have known about for a while. There could be a major announcement coming, but right now it is rumor, but STRONG sources. For every five projects out there, there is probably one more we don't know about. The NBJ, the Tennessean, and the Post have sources that could be considered their own. Going to be a great year!
    1 point
  15. Facepalm! I'm really tired of dramatic reductions in scope and benefit. Either they need to get better at estimating costs, or they need to get it together to actually do the project more quickly so we don't end up with 4y of inflation. We have the entire northeast corridor with 3 car trains but if you mistakenly don't get off and switch at Stonewall, you're stuck on the train for 30 minutes, transfer, then back up to your destination. At least having one in the middle cuts that down to 15 minutes.
    1 point
  16. You're wrong about investing in public transportation as being merely an income redistribution program, but so what if it is? I'm no fan of European style cradle to the grave benefits but I do think everyone should have as fair a shot as possible at making it in life. Part of that is to have adequate access to transportation and education. I'll gladly give away some of my middle class income for those two causes, I don't think people should have lost before they even began. If you can give me a reasonable scenario where a poor person in Grand Rapids who genuinely wants to make it to their
    1 point
  17. I think that is part of the line that went over to the Observer building and up into wesley heights.
    1 point
  18. awesome yet kind of heart breaking... So many early 20th century 2/3 story brick buildings If only more could've survived urban renewal. I would all love to have back as small businesses, bars cafes, shops etc scattered in between the vertical glass, steel and concrete of today.
    1 point
  19. That's not a picture of Cleveland taken yesterday?
    1 point
  20. EIFS is the worst thing ever created by a Human.
    1 point
  21. I believe this is discussed in another thread 'Battle of Ballantyne', or something like that, when it got media attention back in 2012. Ballantyne has been quiet about de-annexation since then, but there is still a grass-roots push down there to do so and conversion into a much larger area of south Mecklenburg called 'Town of Providence' which, funny enough, embraces it's history when the area was referred to as Providence Township circa 1860s. The group for de-annexation is called SMART 'South Mecklenburg Alliance for Responsible Taxpayers'. Their website is HERE On a side note.. Whe
    1 point
  22. Ummm, no. No, man, no. That wasn't the point at all. The point was that there were plenty of naysayers who said a new and different idea for downtown wouldn't work.
    1 point
  23. Opponents nearly always exploit images of a starving child, an emaciated dog, or in this case a bit of creativity for the same intended effect on the inanimate (in this case, the "hostage" is a dilapidated, forlorn mini-"Dodge City") ─ to overdramatize a worst-case imagined scenario. While on the opposite end of the spectrum, fanatical proponents themselves often utilize "enhanced world" imagery to figurehead their mission (frequently in the form of still renderings and digital animations), it is needless to be said that opponents prey on fear, and people's tendency to become likely swayed by
    1 point
  24. http://roberthartline.com/2014/02/03/the-ghost-town-of-west-end-ave/ this showed up in my facebook newsfeed today what an idiot
    1 point
  25. Demolition has started for the apartments and Fresh Market (that's definite now right?) at Morehead & Kenilworth. One of the two older brick houses-turned-offices is already down, but I imagine it will be a bigger operation to get the corner office building fully demolished. This stretch of Morehead is going to look drastically different in a year. There are actually only two buildings between this and the Crescent apartments under construction. Both projects are some of the more thoughtfully planned and classy looking residential projects on the boards right now IMO.
    1 point
  26. The street sign toppers look nice but the stone median signs are forgettable suburbia crap.
    1 point
  27. Love the line in the Bizjournal: "[Levine] expected to break ground before the end of 2012...That didn't happen" I think maybe a pattern is emerging.
    1 point
  28. Too bad he can't have affordable small retail places. Antiques, etc. that's not really competing with anything... Edit; Parking. People will park at Levines Epcott in Firstward. A monorail wil thenl take them to and from the hotel.
    1 point
  29. Enjoy the view from the ballpark while you can.... At the end of the day I'd rather it be ringed with towers... Especially if they replace surface parking lots!
    1 point
  30. You know, a lot of these same arguments were made against the construction of the arena back in the 1990's. People waved studies that showed other cities that built arenas did not enjoy any beneficial economic impact. They said it was a folly. They said it wasn't really needed. They said it wouldn't spur redevelopment of the area that surrounds it. They asked who was going to fill it? They said a lot of stuff like that. Looking at things now, it's difficult to imagine all the vibrant activity in that area south of downtown would be there if the arena had not been built. And let's b
    1 point
  31. Another possible high rise is in the works at the preferred parking surface lot that is bordered by Poplar, 3rd & Mint St. Description for the project is 3 levels of underground parking, 26 levels above grade comprised of retail, commercial and residential.
    1 point
  32. They're too busy posting on CityData :0
    1 point



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