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  1. If one of the most costly parts of a VB light real would be the overpasses, why not keep the LRT at grade and lower the road? Just like monticello ave, hampton blvd, brambleton blvd, and the new project by NIT. It has to be cheaper to lower the road given the approach distance to raise a rail line
  2. wtf? I think the bottom floor was still the pub but most people don't want to go to a bar that is also a gay bar. Looks bad on the city though. If it was ok to have the pub on the second floor, why is it illegal to change format? Same owners. Same business.
  3. I think an arcade downtown would make a fortune. People are always looking for one by the mall and with no jillians, there is nothing downtown
  4. A couple of unique views that I like but most people never notice. Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50214265 Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50214011 Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50213992
  5. The stations are coming along nicely. Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50215152 Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50214504 Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50214569 Full Size -http://www.panoramio.com/photo/50215566
  6. The only way I would support a one way street there is if monticello were one way in the opposite direction AND light rail was split between the two going in the same direction as the traffic. This would allow for traffic flow, wider sidewalks on monticello, and on-street parking
  7. Both the ideas of lowering parking rates and removing on-street parking are completely contrary to the goal of having a pedestrian friendly areas. lower parking rates would mean more people would drive in instead of parking for free at a place like the new Newtown light real station and riding in. This would hinder our prospects of light rail. Additionally, when people ride in on transit they are more likely to stay a while than if they had convenient access to their car. As for the on-street parking, don't touch it. Its a basic planning technique. On-street parking makes the sidewalk feel safer. No parking on the street means people don't want to walk there. Also, on-street parking slows cars down. People naturally drive slower when they are afraid a door will open our a person will walk or from between two cars. No on-street parking means faster traffic which means fewer walkers. But you still need the cars. Closing the street to cars has failed before because it makes it feel deserted and leads to higher crime. This is one case where I will say that business owners need to stick to running their businesses and leave the planning to people who can plan. I am not making this up. Go borrow a planning guide for planning for planning a pedestrian friendly area.
  8. ii think it will be for the better and I don't think they will have much trouble filling the spaces. As for the stores, they seem to be filling their places. If you keep a keen eye out you can see that they have to have some stores close so that others can expand and remodel. In fact, there does not appear to be many truly vacant spaces.
  9. it is a redevelopment project through NRHA > http://www.nrha.norfolk.va.us/redevelopment/neighborhoods/south-brambleton
  10. I think its just part of the city's regular land acquisition program. The city shows that all that land is owned by NRHA. The only place not owned by the city over there is the house on Park Ave. I am sure that will be purchased as soon as the owner sells. Its one of the city's target areas so they purchase all available land to make save land for future development.
  11. last october, when I visited Portland, OR, I noticed that their transit stops were clean and almost new looking. The reason? There were signs on everything that said it was a felony to deface transit property or to harass or assault transit employees. Thats what we need here. We need that here. It should be posted everywhere. We could get some wireless cameras to move around between the most vandalized areas and see if we cant catch some people.
  12. p.s. speaking of that website, if you missed it last year, i found a copy of it online at http://www.multiupload.com/NZVOJJCQ2B even though, theres no real hard evidence for anything on there, it does raise some intriguing questions.
  13. http://hamptonroads.com/2011/01/developers-ask-norfolk-financial-safety-net this project keeps asking the city for more and more. if not for the city, it would not be built. brings back memories of that anti-burfoot website that was up last may.
  14. people often cite Portland as an example of a great urban city. They apparently looked just like Norfolk in the 1970s. although they had more city blocks (but only because Norfolk had already demolished them for public housing fields), notice the number of vacant lots (whole city blocks) and the large imposing highway that covers the waterfront of Downtown. When you look at Norfolk, remember that large roads like Tidewater Dr, Waterside Dr, etc. were built over an existing grid. Norfolk's grid extended through all of the public housing and surrounding areas. Before 'urban renewal' Norfolk's street pattern had been nearly unchanged since it was layed out originally.
  15. then we need to call our representatives and show them that investment in mass transportation is the only one the truly creates wealth for our state. highway construction will ALWAYS lead to the need for more highway construction and will drain the wealth of our region and state by forcing the expenditure of money on oil-related (oil, gasoline, asphalt, etc.) products: all of which leave the state. mass transit money stays in our region and allows users to keep more of their money.
  16. because federal money is used in the administration of the projects, the city cannot just tear them down and move the people out. The development that will be built as a replacement MUST offer subsidized units one for one in regards to what is torn down. Broad Creek was built that way. It looks WAY better than the projects that it replaced but the poor people are still there. Not a bad idea, really. I will try to find the actual study, but there was a study done awhile ago outside of Chicago (i think) after the city's housing authority was found guilty of housing discrimination. Public housing residents were given the choice to stay in the urban projects or move to subsidized housing in the outlying suburbs. The study found that the people that moved to a more middle-class type neighborhood in the suburbs were taking home more pay and had a higher chance of moving out of the subsidized houses. Additionally, the youth had a much higher graduation rate. Simply put: Take the poor people out of the desolate, depressing public housing projects where they are surrounded by perpetual poverty and put them somewhere where they can see that there IS something better out there and they WILL improve their own conditions and become productive members of society.
  17. im actually moving to Oregon for my fiance to do her masters degree at OSU and for me to do my BS at PDX. unlike most of my peers, however, my goal is to return to norfolk and change it. personally, i think thats what wrong with most of the country: everyone wants everything already done for them instead of seeing something that needs improvement and actually improving it. Its really not that difficult to change thinks, you just have to commit to it.
  18. i dont think we have enough free capital to do that.
  19. as far as I know, the city wants both a line from Military Hwy up I64 to NOB AND a line running from Downtown to ODU to NOB. They would function well as their own lines in the own rights.
  20. its not necessarily a bad thing for us. I think that the HR>DC corridor supports the traffic needed to make HSR feasible. We might actually get money since they wont be wasting in in places that wont use it.
  21. regardless, you gotta start somewhere. good job.
  22. i saw the trailer. id like to see the show. whens it air?
  23. check out what I saw on thursday: Cant wait until its a regular sight. p.s. - apologies for the bad quality picture. best I could get. the one day i forget my digital camera.
  24. despite the title of the article, it seems like they will simply be building in in phases. we will still have the same end-effect, just not all at once.
  25. good. I hope they tear it down and put a peninsula town center type shopping mall there
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