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  1. Maybe a Bank of Antigua branch?
  2. Yes, the EpiCentre turned into a real trainwreck. As it turns out it was not developed by the Cordish Co., the folks responsible for the KC Power & Light entertainment project, the under-development Ballpark Village in St. Louis as well as similar 'entertainment districts' throughout the country and by most accounts fairly exclusionary in their operating practices. I'll be watching if that name comes up during the BOB project.
  3. No, I thought there was a mention of the EpiCentre. Probably another hallucination on my part...
  4. Lest I be accused of piddling in everyone's Wheaties during this 'Faust-like' celebration, I'd be remiss if I didn't offer a mention about onsite parking in high-rise residential projects by way of a short story. A few weeks ago I replied to a question on a similar type urban life forum (rhymes with Gritty-Bata) The post was from someone who was giving serious consideration to relocating to a downtown high-rise. He asked what kinds of lifestyle changes he could expect going from the burbs to downtown livin'. I felt somewhat qualified to offer an opinion based on owning that kind of property in Portland for some fifteen years, and recently acquiring a place in the city he was asking about. I told him the first thing you need to come to terms with is everything you do venturing out will take twice as long as it does in a single family home. Three sets of doors each way,wearing enough clothes not to scare the neighbors in the hallway, elevators that need hailing, parking ramps and garage access to negotiate, etc. etc. This is in the best of worlds with (if you're lucky) your parking spot steps away from the elevator. Getting groceries in and out of the car, even just popping down to a place that is too far to walk turns into a bit of an excursion. Not insurmountable, but far more tedious than strolling out to your attached garage in a single family home. Even in city such as Portland that has tremendous mass transit infrastructure and vibrant commercial goods and services available often just blocks away, even in a town cited as a model for new urbanism the sad fact remains you need a set a wheels to get around and how handy those wheels are to get at matters. Lots. I don't like garages any more than anyone else, but unless the developers can persuade someone who cut a six figure check for a condo that it's no big deal to sashay down to your offsite parking spot at O-Dark hundred in mid-January while it's five below, it seems there's a disconnect between developing (and I'll include the Parking Commission) and residing. Also, as long as I'm no doubt being pegged as a 'hater', am I to understand the entertainment portion of this will be developed by the same folks responsible for the similar project found in Charlotte? Anyone been down there lately? I visited a few years ago and it appeared the shine was coming off the apple. Perhaps things have changed but as I understand it, like so many concocted hot spots (such as in Kansas City and others) in the fever to make it nice, clean and family friendly, the soul (if there ever was one) was sucked out, leaving little more than a typical suburban strip mall in a different configuration. YMMV
  5. I can unequivocally tell you, as drawn, the parking element wouldn't make it past first base in Portland. Nor would the street level bunker at Icon on Bond. Just sayin'...
  6. Clearly the fellow wearing the black T-shirt and appearing to be taking a photograph of the building in each rendering seems to LOVE it.
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    Hard to go wrong with a meal at Jake's, huh? What I though was brilliant about this project was the tie-in with the concert hall. Granted, their both under the same corporate umbrella, but that's one thing I guess I don't see a lot around here are tie-in's and synergies baked in the cake of doing a project. Everyone's acting as a freelancer, if there's any complimentary development, it seems to occur by happenstance. Case in point, while there's been parallel development up where all the hospitals are, I'm really surprised restaurants, lodging and all the other things that go along with having hundreds of workers and thousands of visitors gravitate to a particular district not being brought into the fold early on and integral to the whole. Seems odd.
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    Don't be so sure... Crystal Hotel This was perhaps the most notorious gay bathhouse north of San Francisco for many, many years. Casting aside any simplistic generalizations of the lifestyle, there was some honest to goodness, world-class hedonistic behavior going on there for a good long time. Issues of Mycology and Entomology were the least of this properties problems: From the Seedy History Files: [EDIT: Fairly NSFW] However from all accounts, the property appear to be one of the hottest places to stay in the city. PDX Busines Journal Blogtown Never underestimate the power of a good idea, a good development team and a good contractor.
  9. It's deja vu all over again. High art, high stakes and hiijinks (BTW - Didn't I see that GW Bush pixelated piece at the BOB last year?)
  10. I, for one, welcome our new Lettuce Wrap and Honey Shrimp overlords...
  11. Maybe a Neiman Marcus with a Luby's inside if you get a hankerin' for a platter with two sides? (Snarky comments aside, I would think there would be some contractual stipulations between the developer and tenants regarding adjoining businesses, or did that sort of thing go by the wayside in lieu of just getting the papers signed these days?)
  12. Is the pattern for demographics on those four corners that there is no pattern?
  13. I wonder how much that cost them? (and by them, I mean us, in passed along food pricing)
  14. Yeah, he appears to be direct from central casting when the call went out for "bulls*it artist" [DISCLAIMER: My crackerjack legal team requires me to state that "Jack" may in fact be a solid, outstanding citizen of our community, kind to small animals and gives generously to charitable organizations. The quality of his products and workmanship may be as celestial as mere humans could hope to render. The mustache appears to be real and makes him a damn handsome fellow. Thank you on behalf of my lawyers.]
  15. ABSOLUTELY One of the problems with the AA Art Fair is the work is a mile wide, but an inch deep. There were many pieces shown here that wouldn't have made the light of day in AA because they weren't commercial enough. Three words: No Funnel Cakes
  16. Congrats !!! I really think once it sinks in that there is art that can be acquired through this event, it may well put another facet on ArtPrize. After all, it's pretty clear the quality of work is far above what you're likely to find at the other large Michigan art event, the Ann Arbor Art Fair which does a tremendous amount of commerce and is very well attended. In addition to casual collectors, I wouldn't be too shocked to see interest from institutional buyers from elsewhere around the country.
  17. I'm pleased to announce I'm the proud owner of "#17" by Reed Govert Reed and his father just dropped off the piece. He just started back up painting after stopping for a few years. They said they very much enjoyed the whole ArtPrize experience and hope to participate next year. Nice folks, I wish them well...
  18. Maybe the groom saw the handwriting on the wall and reconsidered... [bTW - Looks like I have a successful transaction on aquiring a piece, meeting the artist Saturday @ The BOB... I'd go into detail but don't want to jinx anything]
  19. Worth mentioning another aspect that may have been overlooked for the continued success of this event is the private purchase of the shown art. I'm currently negotiating for a piece. I have to believe that for many of the artists, while not being in the prize money is a disappointment, making a sale helps defray the costs of their participation and might encourage them to be involved in any future ArtPrize events. Something to consider...
  20. This just in: ArtPrize entrant arrested On a related note, I'm considering an entry for next year's event consisting of a large, epic-style oil painting of artist's brandishing brushes and palettes locked in hand-to-hand mortal combat with brides and flower girls hurling bouquets from medieval catapults to repel the attempted conquest of wedding venues. Sculptors fallen by smartly snapped hosiery garters, shrimp puffs strewn about the field of battle... you get the idea
  21. After seeing the posts on here I dropped by last night. Nice enough place, the bartenders and servers couldn't have been nicer, the beer was cold and there were games on the all too close to the bar plasma TV's. Pretty much all ya need. As a side note, a roving band of 9/9/09 partiers rolled in and livened up the place, as did some folks doing a liquor promotion. Seems like they should do well come Griffins season ('cept $1 beer nights..)
  22. I sure hope so... I've got a major league jones for some Honey Shrimp and Lettuce Wraps
  23. Took a trip downtown this afternoon to scout around where I would like to do my volunteer shifts and I sure hope a lot of the road construction and other traffic impediments are finished/suspended/otherwise mitigated before this thing gets going full swing. I understand that this is not a fire-up-the-Buick-and-drive-by-to-see-some-art type of event, but it was a CF extraordinaire to get through town and I was on a flippin' Vespa... Let's hope the graphic imagery seared in a visitor's visual cortex is not that of an orange 'detour' sign.
  24. V, you beat me posting this ! I noticed they also missed mentioning Amtrak service. It wasn't exactly the story I would have written, but the tone was nice enough. As they say, as long as the name is spelled right...
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