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  1. The old Dominion building will come down on May 30: https://richmondbizsense.com/2020/03/20/implosion-date-set-for-dominion-energy-tower-downtown/
  2. Considering that we're probably heading into something even more disruptive than the Great Depression, what are the chances that a current tower renovated would be more valuable than a parking lot?
  3. A lot of cities seem to have bulked up their skylines in the 80s and then not changed much. For example, look at Columbus and Indianapolis, which have taller buildings than Richmond but really have not had much significant change. Taller additions to the skyline would do a lot for the psyche of the city in terms of a "big league" mindset. These things seem to be the result of unseen economic forces. For example, New York's recent development frenzy seems very unnatural. Unfortunately, I think there are some terrifying things happening on the global economic front that could really halt a lot of development everywhere.
  4. Another great Richmond drone video which hit YouTube recently:
  5. Here is an interesting article on the new tower and its political relationship to Navy Hill: https://richmondbizsense.com/2019/10/24/decision-on-2nd-dominion-tower-looms-large-over-navy-hill-project/ This is very interesting. I noticed that while 600 Canal Place appeared on Pickard Chilton's website, it didn't seem like they were trumpeting it from the rooftops as they have with other recent buildings. I would love to know what their original plans looked like and the extent to which Dominion "value engineered" anything creative out of them.
  6. Should we be worried that they don't have any immediate plans to begin building another tower? Are we going to end up with a parking lot on that site for the next twenty years? Consider how many second phases of twin towers have been abandoned over the years. The global economy also appears to be headed for a major crash with the Fed injecting into the REPO market to keep liquidity and corporate debt at an all-time high. I hate to be pessimistic, but I would prefer that the current tower remain rather than have an empty lot on the site for years to come.
  7. An architectural review from Style Weekly. The only point of criticism is the Cary Street side which is fronted by the parking garage. This has been a problem with several of the new buildings which seem to turn Cary Street into a back alley, taking away and chance of vibrancy in the future. https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/a-billowing-sail/Content?oid=15002375
  8. I think there may be a national perception that Richmond is smaller than it actually is. Major league sports and hub airports seem to help perception. Getting the Super Bowl or a political convention seems to help with national prominence in places like Charlotte and Jacksonville. Austin is a city that seems to be a big small town. Tech industry has made it "big" but it wants to stay small and quirky. I'm wondering if the internet hub development could move Richmond closer to where Austin is in terms of prominence?
  9. It will be interesting to see how this space takes shape when the second tower is built. It appears that the two towers will enclose this space, almost creating an above-street-level courtyard. I'm wondering if a pedestrian bridge above the street will connect these spaces?
  10. Another great recent nighttime drone flight:
  11. This clip reminds me of the "Flying Scene" from the movie, "Superman." One thing I'm noticing is that our streets downtown seem darker than in other cities. Perhaps its the tree cover, but it seems like increasing the light would make downtown Richmond feel more vibrant.
  12. A great, recent nighttime drone flight over downtown Richmond. There are especially good views of the new Dominion tower:
  13. Henrico County to become a major internet hub. If anyone knows more about this and the implications for Richmond I would be interested: https://www.henricocitizen.com/articles/henrico-poised-to-become-global-internet-hub/
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