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  1. From this evening. Curvature of the steel at the top of 300 S. Tryon now evident.
    9 points
  2. HB2 has really caused many of the discussions here to devolve into bickering, rants, and silly ad hominem attacks. This is now off topic at best. How hard is it to discuss bad news related to HB2 (NBA pulling the All Star game) without getting into arguments over the actual bill itself? There is the coffee house area for extra discussion on UP and plenty of other mediums around the internet to express your opinions about and discuss the bill. Please use them. And to some of you specifically, as Thumper would say, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
    7 points
  3. Gloomy day...but here is an aerial perspective of the construction update on Avid. Parking deck completed and exterior is starting to be put in place on the main building. Also, shows the cemetery and land you guys have been mentioning between here and Uptown.
    6 points
  4. The Mikoto Corporation's Crane Extractor is swung into place with it's 14-ton magnet to lift the metal shaft cleanly from the structural core:
    5 points
  5. Or from 6 months ago.....hard to tell.
    5 points
  6. Nice brands by Hilton that hit the mark on exactly what the market is missing (good product at an affordable rate). The only thing I could offer as a recommendation would be to build it twice as big. The demand is there, especially for this price point.
    4 points
  7. Eh, the tree canopy, Bicentennial Park and the Capitol are not a bad backdrop. Joe Scarbrough is kind of a numb nuts anyway.,
    4 points
  8. Here's a screen grab of the crane after it's been raised today:
    3 points
  9. I do not. I beat this drum pretty hard, but I think this is the most disappointing project underway in Uptown. If you consider The company: home grown, wants to tout itself as 'millenial' and 'silicon valley-equse' The location: Prominent vantage point from 77, historic location next to the Music Factory within the 277 loop The neighbor: The Music Factory, an example of what excellent historical refurbishing can look like This could have been a game changer for that part of uptown and a real flash of brilliance from Avid. That said, we got this:
    3 points
  10. Seven SFHs turning into 48 townhomes, almost 7x the density. Ladies and gentlemen, urban infill.
    3 points
  11. If you guys are getting sick of these just let me know, haha Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  12. I actually hope it stalls out. It's quickly becoming a prime location, right next to the park. Feels like a waste to make it ground zero for bro's. "Ink & Ivy" might as well name it "Alex...Don't ever come here". edit: I know, not everything built is supposed to be for me...
    3 points
  13. Updated my earlier video to include the final stage of crane raising:
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2016/07/25/blast-from-the-past-radio-cafe-to-return-now-in.html?ana=RSS%26s%3Darticle_search&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Radio Cafe reopening in Inglewood.
    2 points
  16. Blocking cool development concepts does not maintain affordable housing. "Keep it a slum" is not an option, unless the city as a whole atrophies. Property values are going to rise as the city grows, the only question is how the neighborhood is going to channel the new energy. If it doesn't get channeled into cool concepts like this one that prepare optimistically for increased density and urbanization, it will simply go into replacing/rehabbing each house into a more and more expensive single-family urban castle.
    2 points
  17. Wonder who the "awesome tenant" is for the other space that they mention.
    2 points
  18. An article in MiBiz talking about real estate investors combing the neighborhoods for flips. https://mibiz.com/news/design-build/item/23842-hungry-investors-seek-grand-rapids-housing-deals,-rankling-longtime-residents You only have to look at Ann Arbor for a case study in this, where the low income households were all pushed to Ypsilanti and beyond. Not coincidentally AA is only about 5% African American and Hispanic now (compared to around 35% in GR).
    2 points
  19. http://richmondbizsense.com/2016/07/25/tourism-pushes-hotel-numbers-to-new-heights/ A nice article about the multiyear upswing in RVA tourism.
    2 points
  20. I'm still AMAZED at what 3rd Ward has become in just a few years. I never thought it would happen so fast.
    2 points
  21. that looks like Chuy's in the background, so i bet it is the red house at the corner of 19th and division. near the red door and soul shine, surface lots are currently on both sides. Im actually driving over there in about an hour so I'll confirm. apparently forgot to hit post earlier. so here is confirmation, IMG_20160724_161918 by willfry, on Flickr
    2 points
  22. Pokémon Go all over uptown tonight.
    2 points
  23. They're raising it as we speak. Link
    2 points
  24. Reality is what you are not seeing. That which is publicly discussed and acknowledged is about 25% of what is actually going on in politics. The back story and what is controlled by the lobbyists/contributors/party hacks, etc is the other 75% and that is hidden from view as best they can achieve. Perdue helped bring a LOT of jobs to NC and Charlotte. Not every business is going to stay around forever, that is the nature of the beast. She did more for Charlotte as Governor than McCrory did as Mayor and Governor. She would never have cut education if she had a choice in the matter. Th
    2 points
  25. So much to like above this development -- small footprint, great design, decent height, increased density.
    2 points
  26. The Belcourt Theater, originally built in 1925, has undergone several revisions in it's 91-year history, but none more exciting that the massive remodeling and expansion of the facility over the past 7 months or so. Gone are the cramped restrooms, tiny lobby, and woefully out-of-date administrative space (or lack thereof). Now, the two primary theaters (which were only slightly altered) are joined by a new 45-seat new small theater upstairs, nearly quadruple the lobby space (spread between two floors) literally high-lighted by huge windows facing out onto Belcourt Avenue, a modernized box off
    2 points
  27. Is that in the place where the crappy touch-bar club thing was? That place was terrible. I hadn't seen this permit. I pretty much live to eat Mexican food, so this type of thing gets me excited. That said, it wasn't too many years ago that Pancheros failed where Graffiti Junktion currently is. http://californiatortilla.com/locations/orlando/ -- Here is the location in question on the company's website. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- these businesses need some street signage or something. Even a little podium with all the business names on it. 7-Eleven understo
    2 points
  28. Here are a couple of photos from the Nashville Business Journal online article about the new Hilton brand project. This new hotel will feature two Hilton brands, Tru and Home 2 Suites.
    1 point
  29. Can we actually talk about bad news on this thread instead of acting like we're all political pundits...
    1 point
  30. One more raise after this! Lookin good
    1 point
  31. I don't know if it's Pokemon Go or just a general uptick in visitors, but Uptown has seemed significantly more vibrant at all hours of the day recently. I know it's not the weather! The last few rounds I've made I've noticed significantly more people all around uptown. Restaurants are packed and the few scattered convenience stores have had lines out the door. How or why any restaurant in uptown is still closed on the weekends baffles me. Jason's Deli in the Epicentre is closed while Red Eye Diner right downstairs is packed at 3pm on a Sunday. I just don't get it. I think the critical m
    1 point
  32. This is a horse worth beating. This is far and away the worst thing going. Add to that their ridiculous MF rebranding they can F off
    1 point
  33. The Tennessean's take on the new Tru Hotel and Home2 Suites combo structure at 504 5th Avenue South, plus another interior rendering, a shot of the current Cabaret Royale strip club, and Googlemap of location. This will be directly south of the block that will include the Marriott Tri-Brand, Holiday Inn, and The Joseph Hotel, and catty-corner to the Margaritaville Hotel which will be just to the NW on the opposite corner of 5th and Peabody: http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2016/07/25/2-hilton-hotels-planned-strip-clubs-sobro-site/87523516/ Looking east alon
    1 point
  34. It's a shame this building is so hideous and visible from 77 South Bound into uptown. I really hate this project more than most.
    1 point
  35. Seems most everything being built downtown...as far as hotels and offices...are being built conservatively.
    1 point
  36. The Octave? Haha! Another music-themed name. Next, we'll have one named "The Retard" (pronounced ruh-tard)...but the rednecks will of course pronounce it the politically incorrect way.
    1 point
  37. Tazikis has applied for a plumbing permit to locate in the Grove Plaza. This should be the smaller strip building near Dave and Buster's. The Chick Fil A is up and should be opening fairly soon.
    1 point
  38. Isn't this the home that was recently purchased by Chicago based Big Onion Tavern group ? Markhollin linked a story about it in the West End/Mid Town section(Pg.107). I guess plans to use the existing building for the new Resturant/Bar changed ?
    1 point
  39. Give me a damn break. You do realize that Bev Perdue did/does not run CMS, don't you? You do realize that Perdue took over the Governor's Mansion just as the economy was falling off of a cliff while McCrory took over just as the recovery was hitting a higher gear? The state's revenue situation was completely opposite, you can't spend what you don't have. It is a a deception to portray Perdue as anti-Education. The NCGA when Republicans took control enacted major cuts in education at all levels and only reversed course when it was costing them support and the next election cycle was on the ho
    1 point
  40. https://www.charlotteagenda.com/57132/new-drone-laws-mean-charlotte/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BIKnYfshyJ8/
    1 point
  41. I think a lot of those north of Broadway buildings are realizing if they want to attract any kind of business they can't look old and run down. Renaissance repainting being a good example, looks like a whole new building. Running around that area of town the last month or so, you really get an idea for how crazy old some of those buildings look and not in a historical way, in a 1960s, tiny windows, it looks like a giant slab of concrete way.
    1 point
  42. @markhollin's pictures reminded me... I did some poking around after having a pint at TN Brew Works recently:
    1 point
  43. But gentrification sometimes drives low-to-no income people out of a neighborhood because taxes rise on their homes. I still would say there needs to be public assistance and housing provided by the government...but just don't throw everyone who needs public assistance into the same neighborhood. I think gentrification is a great thing for neighborhoods (E. Nash and the Edgehill areas come to mind)...but maybe the government (us) should always purchase a few of those homes and allow low-to-no families to live there...as well as maybe help a few of the families with tax assistance to be able
    1 point
  44. Update on Division Street Connector. Looking NW above the CSX tracks near the crossover point: Looking north from the eastern portion of the former Myers Carpet property lot towards the initial grading that will lead to the actual bridge over the tracks: Looking east over the CSX tracks at the double base for the bridge:
    1 point
  45. Same rendering as already posted, but evening view of the Northwood Ravin development:
    1 point
  46. We have 2 new large parks uptown. Romare Bearden park is 2 city blocks and very well used 10 hours a day. First Ward Park will be the same once the planned development around it comes online. I guess we are missing athletic fields uptown if that's what you mean? But as for moving a cemetery it's a silly discussion to even have when there is still so much relatively cheap land to be used. The discussion should be more about improving the pedestrian experience through Elmwood to connect uptown and Music Factory.
    1 point



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