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  1. Helping the homeless will always be a noble cause. I hate to say this, but although it is a noble cause, that location could potentially cripple Norfolk's fragile progress. I hate to even say move them somewhere else like military circle mall because there are communities in that area as well, but this could possibly turn off visitation in that area for people who aren't use to that type of thing. I guess we have to see where the permanent location will be. I do not think Norfolk can sustain such things in mass like other big cities. I see Norfolk progress being this fragile.
  2. I couldn't read the article (subscription restrictions), but from what i've been told, East Ghent was the slums when that was demolished. This is in many ways is a false comparison if that was true. My dad and uncle did a short stint out there before they moved to Va.beach then back to norfolk.
  3. Very good discussion. I agree with it all oddly.
  4. I've said this for years...
  5. Correct me if I'm wrong, but most of the projects that actually get built come in short order and less than we anticipated? The ones with a long drawn out process seem never to happen?
  6. I was home this weekend. The bus station was completely empty, did I miss something?
  7. Always keep in mind when I mention SPQ, I hate the plan, every part of it other than the demo, I'm admittedly incredibly biased, lol. But to answer your question: for Norfolk it wouldn't change their minds but it certainly should IMO. As I see it, this is Norfolk's last shot to change its landscape. There is a certain segment that wishes for them to create an environment at would extend the city core eastward and there is another half that just wants to see something new. Both i can appreciate, but I've felt in the last 10/15 years something has been off about the city's direction, almost lik
  8. If I remember correctly, it was housed in the standing wing.. The side that was demolished housed hooters and have a nice day cafe...
  9. At this point it would just be stupid not to do this. You have casinos all around the state, holding on to this "no casino" vibe is just stupid in 2020. So this is a win at least right now. I would be more concerned how the city handles the construction of this and how they will leverage this for the city/region. Would the construction of this possible casino instantly change their thoughts on SPQ??? ( I know that will not happen) Just sayin.... A casino that close to what they proposed is kind offfffff.................... lets just say it lacks flow!
  10. We do not have any negatives from the casinos here in MD. No additional crime, addictions, etc...(so far). I haven't heard anyone complain about it, but I'm sure there are groups who complain.
  11. I've always questioned that thought process. From what I remember, DT was the safest place in the city. We heard about a hand full of incidents in DT over "years" but they always seem to blow up like someone dropped a bomb in the city. I never understood it, its almost like someone has it out for DT Norfolk. The older I get the more I believe what people use to tell me about norfolk not wanting to be a big city. The council always seems to be inept when it comes to growing the city. it seems like over the years we all felt like we could do a better job and that is saying a lot about the qualit
  12. They definitely offer more than waterside. The setup is totally different. I would say overall, waterside generally has all the elements, it just setup definitely. its definitely not a food court vibe at all. more so a collection of businesses in the same area.
  13. If that was the plan from the very start, it was a bad plan from the beginning. I have a bigger issue with how this big chunk of land was allocated and relationship to the rest of DT. I'm not suggesting this shouldn't be built, I do however question the location as we are referring to 3 huge lots of land. In a lot of ways it cuts opportunity for growth and actually produces a more suburban fell where as I believe the urban core should be expanded. In that area, the city should be focused on creating destination and attracting "bigger" businesses to the area. I do understand the government st
  14. I believe I am the only one who believes this plan is extremely short-sided. This will do nothing to help the city grow and attract people to the area or region. We are but all fatigue and so tired of seeing the projects that we think anything new is better.
  15. First time home all 2020, kind of flew past with covid. Sorry I wasn't a little more organized, but here are some vids to give you guys another perspective. Feel free to download or do whatever with it you like... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/232j4d44gxvy3fv/AAAyOGPXznuNhlEj2jidWGMVa?dl=0
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