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  1. BFG

    Norfolk Stores and Retail and Resturants

    It's slightly clickbait-ish, but City Council had a chance to build a grocery store (Aldi) downtown. They passed on it, because it would've been on the Greyhound site. They made the right move...90% of your residents live on the other side of Brambleton. It would've been a nightmare trying to carry groceries across that busy street. https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_d19af3b8-d0cc-11e8-90e9-9b8be1741e8d.html
  2. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    I don’t hate the design, I just want it to be taller. This area has the potential to be an extension of downtown, and needs a little variety to match the second phase of the senior high rise.
  3. BFG

    Virginia Beach off-topic

    And I imagine he'd be serious about getting the cities to work closer together and see themselves as a city of nearly two million people, not seven independent cities. I wouldn't argue with that. But, I hope VB hasn't shot themselves in the foot with development. I dunno if he's grandstanding, or if he really would take his business elsewhere.
  4. BFG

    Hampton Roads Off-Topic Talk

    Another article about how this area lacks an identity. But experts think a regional hashtag could be part of the reason why. https://pilotonline.com/business/article_a18847fa-c719-11e8-90e5-db672076fffe.html I honestly don't know how many times the Pilot is going to keep reporting these stories. It's been the same thing for who knows how many years, and we never get any closer to a real solution.
  5. BFG

    Virginia Beach off-topic

    Bruce Thompson with a scathing editorial on City Council's small-town mindset. He calls out John Moss, Rob Dyer, and Jessica Abbott for being the main ones, and I have a hard time disagreeing with a lot of his points. https://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/article_77ce840a-c742-11e8-af92-53fedc13f8db.html Editorial columnist Roger Chesley wrote a similar (but less harsh) article last week.
  6. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    This was mentioned a couple weeks ago, but the Breeden Company released a rendering for the apartment building on Front Street in Fort Norfolk.
  7. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    I wish it was a way for Richmond to step in and say "enough is enough" and merge the cities. The Chamber of Commerce and even former Governor McCauliffe said the area needs to work together. Cities they've visited like Nashville and Pittsburgh said we need to work together. The residents (well, most of them) say we need to merge. But the people who can make the call would rather twiddle their thumbs. It's like the baby boomers intentionally hold us hostage, even though they're in the minority. And it's only going to get worse.
  8. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    The fiber optic cables they’re installing out in VB.
  9. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    I think the city took NS for granted, which ties into its status quo problem. I don't know when the Atlanta branch opened, but I'd think Norfolk should've felt some heat for a few years. Playing it safe finally came back to haunt them. If I'm Mayor Alexander and the economic development office, I'm working hard to lure any potential company in the future, and offering the same incentive package they offered NS. Also, try and get a couple other city councils involved and make them realize Norfolk isn't the only one losing out here. This is the first chance for this region to show it can work together. That encouraging jobs report just basically canceled itself out because of this. Also start looking into getting a tech company here, or a fiber company. That's one thing downtown lacks IMO, outside of the startups.
  10. BFG

    Hampton Roads Off-Topic Talk

    I’m going to hold out hope that they realize this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and actually get this one right. A lot to ask, I know.
  11. BFG

    Hampton Roads Off-Topic Talk

    Netflix is looking at expanding its operations into VA. This is from the Richmond business publication, but the article says Fort Monroe is a possibility. Every city in Hampton Roads needs to get behind this and put up at least one location. https://richmondbizsense.com/2018/10/03/netflix-richmond-streaming-giant-hunting-hub-virginia/ Maybe the Norfolk Southern tower?
  12. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    Looks like Norfolk Southern moving to ATL is a done deal, but it's not without its hurdles either. https://pilotonline.com/business/ports-rail/article_9a1a3842-c71f-11e8-87b9-6b6829282ae5.html Friend of mine told me that people go to Richmond's airport because of better rates. That needs to be the first thing ORF works on, in addition to adding more nonstop East Coast destinations, esp. big cities like NYC, ATL, Philly and Miami.
  13. BFG

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Not 35th, but a few blocks down on 31st and Colonial, there are plans for something like this. https://pilotonline.com/news/local/history/article_33f49d88-43ca-11e8-8eae-d30aca3dd1b1.html
  14. I'm guessing this could lead to a population boost. Would love to see us hit 2 million in the next 5 years. Meanwhile, this needs to be drilled into the city council members' minds every day. I'd rather see us become one city before we try to merge with Richmond.
  15. BFG

    St. Paul's Quadrant

    Up close, the design is growing on me, but I really think they're wasting space here. They could've accomplished more by building eight- or ten-story buildings, on 1/3 of the footprint. It's also very bland IMO...the apartments along Monticello near Doumar's have a more unique look than this.