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  1. Amen to that. Everyone take note of what took place in Uptown this weekend exactly 20 years ago during the 1994 Final Four when the city was forced to create "an instant downtown as permanent as a movie set." See the following article from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/02/us/charlotte-s-downtown-manages-to-stay-up-late-for-tournament.html Cheers to Uptown's permanent transformation over 20 years!!! So glad that the city center will not "revert back to the somnolent streetscape of abandoned buildings and vacant lots it was at the beginning of the week." Other ar
    3 points
  2. Indeed, but this part strikes me as a decent compromise (in that it should have only a minor impact on the whole route). Throwing the AMP into mixed traffic for 3 miles (round trip) just to get to St. Thomas, however, seems really dumb to me. It is going to make the timing of the entire route unreliable. Having a quick, reliable public transit line was supposed to be the whole point, right? I think they'd be much better off just ending it at 440. I suppose this would be a problem when the AMP Yes chairman is president and CEO of St. Thomas, though...
    3 points
  3. At the NoDa neighborhood meeting last night, we were told that 36th Street will be closing some time in the next two months for it's 2-year reconstruction project. The freight lines will be moved 50' to the west, providing space for both the light rail and a future high speed rail corridor.
    3 points
  4. Wow! Impressive!! Serving as the northern anchor for the new Water Campus... An iconic mixed-use tower for the massive development is set to begin later this Summer Over 300,000' square feet of space will feature a 12-lane bowling alley + movie theatre within the large parking deck...office space on the lower floors & residential space on the upper floors with nice views of the river. This will easily become BR's Tallest high-rise south of I-10! And 4th Tallest in the entire city! Just a few blocks from the bridge.... Check out more info on....the annual APRIL FOOLS.com...
    3 points
  5. From my window I can see equipment on site at the 909 Flats (Lincoln) site on Rosa Parks. To refresh:
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  6. Off Topic (and thus on-topic): We've only lived here since '01, but the other evening we were sitting at Queen City Q, marveling at the fact that we can park at 485, take the train uptown, then sit there and pick from 15 local beers before walking a block to the Bobcats game. So different than just those few years ago. I understand I'm part of the "suburban problem" with where I live, but I do appreciate all we have and all that this forum promotes.
    2 points
  7. I think it is (unfortunately) far more likely that people will complain about the unreliable service, lack of ridership (as a result of the unreliable service), and say, "we told you that the AMP was a bad idea and a waste of money." Ending it at 440 could at least prove the concept and keep the service (mostly) reliable. A compromise suggestion (which obviously won't happen): running express shuttles from the pre-440 final station out to St. Thomas and the Park and Ride.
    2 points
  8. Agreed - if they put the AMP in with the normal flow of traffic with no dedicated lane (I believe this is what they're planning to do?), I don't see what the benefit will be. It's not going to get me from point A to point B any faster than if I were in my car.
    2 points
  9. I viewed the website for Cooper Carry and they have very nice high profile Mixed-use developments they have been involved with. The Majority of their projects are high density and have little to no surface parking. I am very excited they were brought on to build on the site plan. Can't wait to see the sight plan for the north gulch site once its complete. http://www.coopercarry.com/#/portfolio/specialties/mixed-use/
    2 points
  10. At least we are having a conversation about how to fix it not how to stop it!
    2 points
  11. Eastwood's Conservation Zoning Overlay passed 2nd reading at last night's Council meeting. There was overwhelming support at the public hearing. The measure now awaits 3rd reading on April 15th before being sent to Mayor Dean for his signature.
    2 points
  12. "What are you most interested in learning about and strengthening for Downtown Orlando?" Please note that in the "Project DTO Poll" selections, retail is not even mentioned. Let's think about this - what is the one significant component of downtown life currently lacking and it doesn't even get a mention? Epic fail on initial impressions.
    1 point
  13. East Harlem Media Project is what I think would look best for the area. Also add as much industrial grit as possible due to the railroad and factories. Please no skywalks it takes the activity from the street and breaks the sight lines.
    1 point
  14. I live right next to MBA on West End and I'm a pharmacy intern at Saint Thomas, so I'm there a lot during the week. Between 4:00 and 6:00pm if you're coming from West End making your way to White Bridge Road, you're going to be bumper to bumper. Even if you try to go around the traffic (i.e. going down Wilson and turn right behind MBA and down past Ensworth) you still hit bumper to bumper traffic. So yes, I would say from experience traffic is horrendous M-F.
    1 point
  15. Hopefully Capital View will have a similar look and feel to their Bethesda Row project!
    1 point
  16. Maybe? It's still no excuse for how poorly the street level is designed on that building. The problem with UMUDD is that while it regulates use and to some extent the urban design, it doesn't get into the details of the street level experience. I.E.: 1BAC meets all the requirements of UMUDD, but it still doesn't feel right. College Street feels like a service entrance. Trade Street is a driveway for the Ritz. On the flip side, Catalyst, Ally Bank, and the Duke Power Tower are fairly good examples of buildings resulting from UMUDD. I'm not sure how/why we ended up with such complet
    1 point
  17. I wholeheartedly agree that Skyhouse is going to be a catalyst for further development for N Tryon. Also remember that Center City Partners has brought together the North Tryon Planning Group that will bring this area to the attention of developers with hopefully a good plan. Something however that is always going to be a challenge for this part of town is the homeless. The Urban Ministry Center (the homeless shelter and services center) is located here so the concentration of homeless is always going to be higher here than other parts of downtown. The redevelopment of the area will put mo
    1 point
  18. There could be up to four restaurants in the building. I am hoping they do a good job on the renovation. This should be a cool project. There needs to be some more affordable options in Germantown too as far as food goes. The new pizza place at Fourth and Madison should help, but most of the options tend to be on the pricy side or have long waits at night.
    1 point
  19. Interesting how the Vegas development was built by the founder of Zappos. He's an ex-San Franciscan who built an online footwear commerce empire bought by Amazon; he's got both the retailing and urbanist genes in his DNA. He's also passionate about downtown Las Vegas; Orlando would be blessed to have someone like that with influence...
    1 point
  20. And in Non April Fools Day News the Meck County Commission approved $8M in funding for First Ward Park today. This is FY 2015 funding which begins in July 2014. Good to see this project is still moving forward....with or without Levine at this point.
    1 point
  21. I agree that Gallup is a more reputable pollster than MSNBC. That being said though, the two polls posted are about totally different things, in my eyes. Labels are labels are labels. I don't think they should be, but the labels are important to a lot of people. What people consider themselves to be can often be very different than what they actually are when you break it all down. The image people want to paint for other people to see usually isn't a great indicator of what they think on an issue-by-issue basis. I'm not making any presumptions about what the results might have been
    1 point
  22. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zFzxexr7Xo7I.koDBzwXlUTh4 I haven't used the new maps engine yet, so let me know if this is doesn't work. Here is the land that Levine owns (9th Street Investors and 7th Street investors). The block I have drawn separately in white (9th-8th-Brevard-Caldwell) is currently owned by the county, but would be swapped for the park land once Levine builds it. Then the land in red is the county land called "Hal Marshall" that draws a lot of homeless to the neighborhood. The county used to put on a big effort to sell it for a developmen
    1 point
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  24. LOL, going to make you visit Nashville soon. The Embry site sits right behind the new Sounds Ballpark between Jackson and Jefferson. The work that is going on there now is contractual land prep Metro has to do for them before they start. The RD Herbert site is on Third Ave N. Between Taylor and I think Van Buren. Believe or not I probably have every site under construction or proposed in my head and could probably tell you where they all are.
    1 point
  25. The Residence Inn wasn't one of the two I heard about. That one has already been approved. The two I heard about were near the L building. One was across the street from it, and the other was at the Firestone site.
    1 point
  26. According to this, they are 14 and 15 stories. http://southparktowers.com/PropertyInformation/PropertyStatistics.axis I am not sure to heights of a parking garage but this new building would be close to being the tallest, if not the tallest. 8 floors of parking with 7 floors of office above.
    1 point
  27. Because of the price expected by the family for the land, retail was out of the question. There may eventually be retail on the SWC of the intersection with I-540, particularly if this development proceeds, due to added density and improved traffic breaks on Wedington.
    1 point
  28. In any event, I don't think it is good to have outside influences, no matter the side of the political spectrum, flexing their political muscle here. I don't think it is in the best interest of Nashville to become a battleground of interest groups, especially given how one-sided the politics are in our state government. The same would've held true when the legislature was under Democratic control.
    1 point
  29. Can someone provide a quick explanation of the bid process? If these new guys outbid Crescent and MaCompanies, do they automatically get the land, or can the city make a decision to go with a lower bidder based upon their ability to complete a project. Based on what I see from the Charlotte Club website, I am not convinced these guys have ever developed a single project. Everything on the website looks like 1998, including the renderings. There are multiple misspellings; nothing about the website looks professional. Heck it's a GoDaddy website. The executive bios also do not portend a pr
    1 point
  30. I do agree that Skyhouse will absolutely be the first step in completely changing the area (and that we will see the slum motel be torn down before Skyhouse is done). I guess it is just going to be rough at first, and I hope that doesnt slow momentum to revive the area. Is there actually anything in the Hal Marshall Annex or is it just a bum hangout? I do agree Levine definitely deserves a lot of the blame, but it looks like he is finally going to move in the right direction. I just don't understand that guy, he is almost universally hated, laughed at by citizens and the media for his horr
    1 point
  31. That and we paid them a lot, I know I was more or less just surprised Cincy and Cleveland were on there.
    1 point
  32. Here's a shot of the Lenox Square renovation taken by Atlanta Mustang
    1 point
  33. Given the 50+ million people who visit Orlando precisely to be entertained by noisy, colorful spectacles, it's always amazed me that no one is bringing the big productions from Broadway and Shaftesbury to Orlandotown for longer engagements. They're doing it with increasing frequency to Vegas; perhaps Bob Carr could be used for mounting massive, expensive engagements that could become attractions on to themselves? Someone call Cameron Mackintosh!
    1 point



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