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  1. It is, by and large welfare, or at least in my tenure with the government. I know for a fact, that the payroll (read: tax payer dollars) in my department alone could be reduced by 60% so many people come to work and are just either incompetent, lazy, or both, and do nothing but collect benefits. Partially that's just American culture, but it's also because at a government job, there isn't any performance based growth, it's all about who's been there the longest. So unlike in places with a large private corporate sector, the majority of the wealth is going to people who have just "gotten by" fo
  2. I think this new… http://ripheat.com/cityview_town_center.php they've added arial views of the new road construction. These are dated february and from what I have seen driving past it, it seems to be beyond 50% completion.
  3. Because in most large cities, there's a lower distribution of incomes. The low wage earners typically live in other cities, and because we are an autocentric metro, they drive to where ever they need to work. In a real city, the low wage earners typically have to live either close to their place of work, or along a public transit route within the city, and the wealthier people will drive in from a bedroom community.
  4. I hate to bring Chesapeake info to this thread, but since you went there: http://www.cityofche...illage-dg.shtml Chesapeake has established design guidelines for creating a small-town urban feel in what is the core of chesapeake. Considering the time it'll take for such guidelines to really start to show an effect, LR to chesapeake might actually be a viable solution, so I'm always perplexed as to why these projections for light rail overlook the municipal center, and the already adopted vision for the district.
  5. Even without urban renewal, the streets of norfolk would have been dead by the 70s, as they were outside of every non major city. Urban renewal wasn't just an idea that sprang forth in response to old buildings, it came about because the old urban core had been made obsolete by cheap housing/transportation into the city. You can't just get mad at urban renewal, you have to get mad at all of the ideas of the time. White flight (in the case of norfolk especially), the growing car culture and highway system, and postwar housing and ideals all lead to urban renewal being needed in the first place.
  6. This really isn't all that disconnected. Once the extension is completed, this building will only be a 10 minute walk, if that, from downtown. Also, is it really unreasonable to think that the apartments between the two will be redeveloped in the future? Plus, what matters at this point is that development in the CBD does not stall. Keep in mind, this is the only project that is alive and well that is bringing urban design to the pembroke area. Pie in the sky buildings are great to dream about but they don't make sound development projects, hence Town Center west, City walk, even Town Cente
  7. Route 1 makes more sense considering the demographics and the types of development there. Also, with Light Rail in close proximity to Battlefield, it helps implement the plan to turn the battlefield corridor bound by 168 on both sides into a new urbanist space. Greenbrier is completely suburban, and there is no plan for it to be anything else, and a LR terminus just doesn't make sense there.
  8. some of the population projections are a little unsettling...they are planning for a lot of growth in this area. just a wild guess from what i glossed over, the numbers for expected job growth were relatively low, kind of like less than a new office complex in most corridors. maybe that was overly conservative? or rather growth is expected outside of the corridors?
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