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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 my future successes by not waiting around for things to get better? Sure there are other localities, including Northern Virginia, that are experiencing the same problems, okay...but to what degree as compared to Norfolk? I like Norfolk too. I was born here and have been fervent about things getting better. I have vehemently defended it. The reason why I was so passionate in my previous comment shows that I do care. I'm sorry that wasn't obvious to you. This notion that I'm not fighting for what I believe in sounds like an argument I've made to the nay-sayers millions of times. Been there and done that.
  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 viewed as simply being "old" but history in living color, works of art, and structures that charm visitors and maintain a sense of identity of their location. If Norfolk continues to tear down all these historic buildings, simply because they think they're in the way of raising property values, then Norfolk won't look too much different from Va Beach or Chesapeake, as far as architecture is concerned. It's one thing to suggest the Mayor step down or be voted out of office, but it's better to hope for new leadership in return, leadership that is more open-minded with a broader variety of experiences in other more progressive urban areas. And the sad part is, this Hilton may not be as glamorous as once thought. If that's the case, then our historic gems have been erased forever. To incorporate the facades into the Hilton structure would be insulting at best. They might as well leave that out of the plan. To me, it would just be too bitter/sweet and sort of a mockery of artistic expression. I know I'm on my soap box, but I'm an artist and was an art student for years in college, so I suppose one can understand how this bothers me. It's sort of like building that sand castle on the beach when you were a kid and the big mean kid just comes over and destroys it with his feet. Anyway, what's done is done, but I think at this point it would be wise of the preservationists to act now to prevent, or atleast influence, any future decisions from the city council concerning the existance of historic buildings. In the meantime, let's just get this Hilton built and over with. It shouldn't have taken this long to begin with. It's moments like these that make me want to leave this entire area. Let's be more open-minded people!
  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 Norfolk apartment; and that the Tides' ballpark would be better off built in the suburbs. Yes, let's continue to invest in the accoutrements of "personal transportation." The automobile
  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 they can be picked apart with my bare hands. The older, and brick houses, I might add, appear sturdier and not so artificial. There isn't a wide spread initiative to renovate the houses in Park Place that I know of, but there are some private investors doing so. Sure the process is slow, but I've seen it happen enough to think that there is a burgeoning mixed income community. Not by design of coures, because Park Place wasn't originally concieved for that purpose. There was a young couple that moved into one of the old houses down the street from me and across from them a middle class family, one of them being someone I knew from Granby high school. I even lived next door to the business of a fairly well known Norfolk figure, who shall remain nameless. Believe it or not there are people of middle income sprinkled around Park Place. It just tends to go unnoticed because of Park Place's negative reputation. Now whether the new development or renovations are an attempt to weed out the unproductive citizens intentionally...I wish I could read minds, but I can't say for sure. It could happen once the middle class become the overwhelming majority there, but that's speculative at this point. As it stands now, I think Park Place can capitalize on it's present mix of income status. As for the apartments there, atleast they're fixing them up instead of letting them go to waste. I'm not sure which one's in particular you're talking about not having a/c. I'll have to do some research on that. Just curious...What do you think about the three newly renovated apartment buildings on 36th street? I think they're called Kensington Condominiums.
  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's move on.
  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 future of Norfolk, in that they will defy old myths about low income residents and urban life in general. I mean no offense, but most of the phobias, real or imagined, about urban life are still held by the older, more conservative, suburb-loving crowd...and I'm saying this as someone who considers himself a young conservative...well reasonably conservative. Anyway, I find that for the most part, the young-professional is more open to diversity (racial, cultural, socio-economic, etc.), so I would urge the city of Norfolk to keep this in mind when redeveloping the Quadrant. If I'm not mistaken, much of downtown's continued success in the housing market is due to it's appeal to young professionals, whether that was intended or not. I mean, that's just what I hear nowadays. On that note, I'm not saying all the older middle class wouldn't be interested.
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