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Mr. Downtown

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  1. There were crews from Triangle on site last week taking down some rebar and hauling off the plastic barricades. Perhaps Peacock and Kent were hard up for some cash and decided to sell some rebar for scrap? How long until the city demands that this eyesore be torn down?
  2. I think that Gman is joking in this case, maybe June Fool's Day got the better of him. If he's not, how many times did he cry wolf about that damn Pinnacle building? I have heard that the problem with the Peacock is that even before the "credit freeze," no bank in their right mind would take on this turkey, and the owners decided to back it with their own cash. If a bank won't finance a $60 million hotel, why would you start it out of pocket, especially if you've never run a hotel in your life before?
  3. Dogs on Wheels does have the best hot dogs in town. The beer cooked brats are excellent too. The thing that sets all of it apart is the toppings, specifically the sauerkraut. The Hot Dog King's sauerkraut is too mushy, and lacks flavor. It's fun to go, but if you want a mediocre hot dog at a Greenville landmark, visit Tanner's Big Orange. Dogs on Wheels, what do you think of the competition that has popped up around town? I see that guy at the corner of Main and Beattie all the time - does it effect your business? You definitely have the better position.
  4. I think I just threw up a little in the back of my mouth.
  5. This space was nothing except an empty lot next to a former drive through bank building.
  6. Actually, I heard that they hit a pipe while they were digging this morning. Sorry to cause so much excitement, but there was serious water in the hole!
  7. The hole on the site (10-15 ft deep) is about halfway full of water. Looks like somebody found one of the many fabled springs in Spring Street.
  8. The "purple porno shop" near the Rutherford intersection (where the Gooder 'N Good restaurant was YEARS ago) has recently closed and the building has been painted a less atrocious color.
  9. Yeah, they're tearing it up over there today! They've got a backhoe moving all kinds of dirt. They might just be moving it to the other side of the lot and then back again, but it looks like they're staying busy.
  10. Poinsett Highway from Rutherford to Cherrydale is an eyesore. I'd like to see bulldozers running up and down either side of the road tearing down everything in their path. I would probably consider the phone poles to be one of the more aestheticly pleasing things along that road. Are you using a camera phone?
  11. Yeah, that seriously ticked me off this morning when I was planning on coming down the ramp, and the city has absolutely no signage before the ramp to let you know. I ended up going the wrong freaking way on Washington because it put me in the turn lane. The city seriously needs to get its act together on street closures in this area of downtown. Spring is unusable, Broad is a mess, McBee is closed for a project that might not happen - come on traffic engineers! Get out and drive around instead of watching it happen through the windows at City Hall!
  12. I forgot to make the point originally that I do think that Riverplace is a MAJOR improvement over what was on the land originally - a couple of fairly unattractive, bland, slightly rundown buildings and old parking lots. Riverplace is a very dynamic development, and an excellent way to "start" your journey into the West End.
  13. Not to pick on the Hughes, but the Riverplace development was practically subsidized by the city. Remember the $2 million staircase? I think that the whole thing is certainly an improvement compared to what was there before, but none of it would have happened if it hadn't been for the city's involvement and the eminent domain decision, and subsequent lawsuit, which ended up costing city taxpayers like myself many millions of dollars. (gsupstate, sorry to pick on that one point from you. I just thought it was interesting.) I think that we all need to remember that groundbreakings like have been held for Peacock and Pinnacle are not really for the project, they are for the developer's ego. If it were me, I would make damn sure that everything is in place and that construction starts the second that my shovel pierces the ground. I really consider such shows highly unprofessional if not backed by immediate action. If you want to have a party to recruit prospective investors or purchasers, then do it. Don't lie to everyone and tell them that it's a done deal and then sit on it for six months. I know that there is a big risk involved in any large project, but you should do all the thinking before ever letting anyone know the first thing about it.
  14. Money. It's really freaking expensive to build anything right now.
  15. Underground parking has been eliminated, and the number of hotel rooms has been cut in half. Amenities are also being reduced. There should be a story in the News this week or next. No official "restart" date is scheduled. That's what I know. It's from a reliable source.
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