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  1. Okay, I'm aware of that. But that's besides the point. I use the word "article" liberally as it refers to a newspaper. I don't see the harm in that.
  2. Yeah, I know it might be a while before development around the light rail stations start booming, like you said 2 to 3 years after light rail is built...but they should definitely start now. It would be nice to see Norfolk develop transit villages like they've done in Arlington. Norfolk should come up with a specific development plan for the light rail stations in the lower density areas, instead of anticipating what may be developed there.
  3. Here's a VA Pilot article concerning Norfolk's recent demolition of historic buildings. It doesn't solely relate to this thread, but it sheds light on it in a way. Credibility demolished along with Norfolk storefront
  4. Here's a VA Pilot article concerning Norfolk's recent demolition of historic buildings. It should spark an interesting conversation here. Credibility demolished along with Norfolk storefront
  5. Too bad I didn't get to see the light rail segment on channel 48. Did they say anything about future expansions to the Navy Base or ODU?...Just curious.
  6. Whoa whoa whoa...where do you come off with the "give me a break" and "stop threatening"? My comments were not a threat and definitely not targeting you...whoever you are. I doubt you'd approach me like that in person. Thank God for the internet eh? You're right I am turning my back on this issue, because for the most part it's out of my hands at least for now and I'm not going to have sleepless nights over it. I have a job and family to attend to. I don't think I have the responsibiltity of being part of the solution as much as the city council does. I have the right not to forfeit m
  7. The next light rail expansion...what will it be? Any guesses? I know it's too early to speculate, but I guess I'm just curious.
  8. I know I've touched on this so many times before, but this deeply saddens me. If this obliteration of Norfolk's historic places continues, pretty soon we won't have any living history to pride ourselves on. Oh yeah, except in photographs and Power Point presentations...how fun. The council, for all the good things they've done...light rail, reviving downtown, Macarthur Center...this is that one big blemish that just stares back at you, no matter how much you try to ignore it. At least in Northern Virginia, people understand the need to preserve historic architecture and that it is not viewe
  9. Here's an article from Portfolio Weekly discussing the recent successes of HRT, including light rail. I think you'll find all this news very promising for us when you put it all together. Three Cheers for HRT
  10. Has anyone read this blog on VA-Pilot yet? It's kind of funny in it's sarcasm. It pretty much expresses the same sentiment most of us on urbanplanet have. Here's a link incase you want to comment: Light rail skeptics, listen u SO THE WRITER OF SATURDAY'S LETTER about light rail believes it can't succeed because people in this day and age won't walk a few blocks to a station in return for a break from stop-and-go traffic. Just like when others said MacArthur Center would be a flop; that no one could be enticed to come to Granby Street at night; no one would want to live in a downtown
  11. This story is on HRT's website too. ] Micheal Townes named chairman of APTA
  12. Here's a Virginian-Pilot article anouncing Micheal Townes has been named the American Public Transit Association (APTA) chairman. Respectively, Norfolk City Councilman W. Randy Wright will head the APTA Transit Board Members Committee. It could have some very promising implications for transportation in Hampton Roads. I posted this in the Off-Topic thread as well, because it could pertain to both. HRT president named chairman of national transit group
  13. Actually, I've seen old houses being renovated in Park Place...Victorian, Arts and Crafts style, etc. I know what you mean about the new construction on the blocks that have been cleared, which I don't really like because the houses they put in their place don't do the historical integrity of Park Place any justice. For example, I've lived in Park Place for years, on 35th street to be exact, where you can see those new vynill houses on Newport Avenue, (34th and 35th among other places) dubbed "Park Place Central" or something like that. They look too assembly-line for my tastes and as if th
  14. I'm pretty bummed about the fact that the B&B will be gone, but there are still other historic buildings downtown that are just as historic, if not more...and worth protecting, I might add. I hope this is the last straw for the city in obliterating living history before our eyes. All in all, I can't say I'll be doing back flips when the Hilton is finally built, because I'm not sure if anything about it will make it dramatically unique as compared to other Hiltons in this area. I'm getting the funniest feeling that it's not going to be as luxurious as was once thought. Still, I say, let
  15. Just to add...without clogging up the traffic ... For a mixed use community in St. Paul's quadrant to work, meaning one that includes middle-income and affordable housing, it is important to attract the young professionals, college students, and the like or as some would call them, "yuppies". It's that particular group of the middle-class that, I believe, is more open-minded to the sentiments and desires of those who live on the lower end of the economic ladder. I find them more willing to interact and mingle with the low income demographic, even beyond racial lines. I think they are the
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