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  1. jeffconn

    Norfolk Arts District

    Hoping this will post here, but look at what happened to the NEON District today! By the way, this sign WILL stay up after the Greyhound building gets torn down and is replaced by the TCC classrooms!
  2. jeffconn

    Chesapeake Light Rail and Transit

    From the Pilot, Chesapeake is buying up some abandoned railroad right of way to make a trail which will, hopefully, be a part of a trail that reaches from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to downtown Suffolk.
  3. jeffconn

    Hampton Roads Off-Topic Talk

    It doesn't need to pass the General Assembly. The Pamunkey Tribe can make their own casino on their own land tomorrow if they wish. However, with sports gambling now suddenly legal thanks to the Supreme Court, I would expect slot machines and sports gambling to be approved by the General Assembly for the Pamunkey casino and for Colonial Downs and for the Off-Track-Betting parlors. The General Assembly will see the dollars float away to Maryland and West Virginia if they don't.
  4. jeffconn

    Norfolk Stores and Retail and Resturants

    Could be. Looking at their website, they go up and down the East Coast from NYC to Florida with a gap between Baltimore and Charlotte.
  5. jeffconn

    sports in norfolk

    C-USA and the Sun Belt should swap members. Between the two conferences, the Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana schools in one conference. The east coast states, Alabama, and Kentucky schools in the other. C-USA is not earning enough revenue for all the travel the Monarchs have to endure. Best to go regional, and maybe actually get some close rivalries.
  6. jeffconn

    TCC Visual and Culinary Arts Center

    The Feds won't allow a pedestrian bridge that close to the Federal Building, due to security issues. Brambleton is just going to be a bigger, deadlier game of Frogger.
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    TCC Visual and Culinary Arts Center

    It's only going to be two stories, (i presume with parking) on that tiny lot? And students will have to cross the street from Hell, to get to any other campus buildings, or well, anything else. That's not exactly a step up from the Portsmouth campus, which was a pretty impressive three story building in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Although it sounds like they will be tearing down the bus station, i was hoping they wouldn't. That is a nice historic building that just needed a facelift.
  8. jeffconn

    St. Paul's Quadrant

    Mixed income housing would be ideal. Unfortunately, you'd have to appease the NIMBYs who would start screaming about their property values.
  9. jeffconn

    Norfolk Stores and Retail and Resturants

    How about another brewery? Elation Brewing Co. will be in the Park Place area of Colley Avenue (that area the hipsters call NoCo). It's the building across the street from University Pizza and Chow that was a storefront church for many years. There are signs up stating that there will be a brewery and a yoga studio(!) in the building, with an email address for neighbors who have questions or concerns. No web presence yet.
  10. jeffconn

    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    One thing i keep telling people that think that the light rail has to stop at the gates is light rail can go through the base. HRT buses go onto the base every day. The bus stops, a gate guard comes on the bus and checks everyone's ID cards. If you don't have a proper ID, they politely escort you off the bus, and point you to the pass office. No reason that they can't do the same thing for light rail trains. Light rail can go down Hampton Blvd, enter the base, and head over to the piers and other populated areas of the base.
  11. jeffconn

    Norfolk Arts District

    Some needed street repairs on the corner of Brambleton and Granby are happening, thanks to federal grant moneys. Fixing this intersection is LONG overdue. Every time i cross Brambleton on that corner, i make sure to update my will! Hopefully they will put some traffic cameras there to catch the many, many people who run red lights there.
  12. jeffconn

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    You can redistrict things all you want. Besides the six lanes of Hell, think about what is on Brambleton. Scope, the Federal Building, the church with the humongous parking lot, that big park that nobody is supposed to use, the York Building, the Residence Marriott, the Belmont at Freemason. These don't invite people into downtown. They BLOCK off downtown. It's a huge wall, figuratively. That side of Brambleton is where downtown begins, period. Personally, i love the Greyhound building. It is rather distinctive in a mid 20th Century way. Sure it's run down a bit, but heck, we're rehabbing buildings in downtown proper that were a LOT more rundown (and tilting in a scary way besides). I still think the Greyhound building would be a great asset to the NEON district. A restaurant, a common area with a farmer's market or small businesses, or even move the d'Art gallery there. I would DEFINITELY agree that the lot behind the Greyhound building (and the gated building that's been for sale forever) should be redeveloped. There's not much hope for those spaces, as is.
  13. jeffconn

    Hampton Roads Off-Topic Talk

    Norfolk's population bottomed out around 2000 at 234,000 but has been rising slowly since then. The estimated pop. for 2016 was 245,000.
  14. jeffconn

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I doubt seriously that any tower will go there. Let's be honest here, folks. It's on the wrong side of Brambleton, and no matter how you slice it, it ain't downtown, and never will be downtown. Those 6 lanes of Hell you have to cross to get to downtown will make sure of that.That part of town has its own character, and i think that keeping the station as is is the way to go. There's already 20-30 parking spaces there, some covered. Make some sort of farmer's market or maybe another "business incubator" like they are planning for Selden Arcade. And rent out the restaurant part to some enterprising restaurateur. I do agree that the Greyhound station should be in Harbor Park, perhaps in an expansion of the Amtrak station, maybe even allow the Megabus to stop there too. Three services sharing a common seating area makes sense to me.
  15. jeffconn

    15th Street Pier Redevelopment

    That little carnival does bring in a lot of families. People expect stuff like that at a beach. It's something to do when you're not in the mood for just hanging out at the beach. And it sure beats more cookie cutter tourist trap shops, or just another building with the same chain stores and restaurants.