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BFG last won the day on November 26 2011

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  1. ROX, a new "luxury style" of bus, plans to offer trips from the Westin to DC, starting in May. https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/this-stylish-motor-vehicle-is-now-the-latest-way-you-could-soon-travel-to-and-from-virginia-beach-to-dc-non-stop/291-c3065478-7e89-4e20-823c-ec722c648d0e?fbclid=IwAR1qrQGgvC1Y4Wa2H8Dk6Vd6_l-7PDdiKje-xDxNDSUQJBmRP7JIh81FeWg
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    Norfolk Cruise Terminal

    Downtown might be pretty busy this summer! Great news.
  3. It's weird that HRT and the city didn't flesh this out more back in the mid-2000s when construction began. Many headaches could've been avoided had the starter line somehow ended at ODU or the base, one way or another. I do think Norfolk figured VB would eventually get on board, so ending right at the city border made sense. I don't see how any extension won't be a headache, but I'll just be happy if it's completed within my lifetime.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I know that it's an economic move, but this is a terrible decision. First of all, the Peninsula has a newspaper. It's called the Daily Press (also owned by Tribune). Just because the DP and the Pilot share owners doesn't mean they need to share one roof. This move completely shuts out the Southside, which now doesn't have much of a voice when it comes to Breaking News or community issues. Again, I know Tribune wanted to save money, but I have a hard time believing they couldn't find enough office space in South Hampton Roads, including the production plant off Greenwich Road. Having worked in journalism, I hate that bean counting and SEO has killed good story telling.
  5. I've said for a while that downtown needs a smaller Target/CVS, and I thought the ground floor of ICON made the perfect space. There's another storefront on Bank St. that was the original Alice Mae's...another perfect location. \When I was in NOVA last year, there was a Target within walking distance of our Airbnb. Even with the grocery store that's supposed to open (eventually*?), downtown needs more than the one 7-11 and the local pharmacy on Granby. There's times where I've been downtown and needed something like a pack of batteries, but going to Monticello 7-11 was a bit inconvenient. *Seriously. What's going on here? This was supposed to open six months ago.
  6. I also think Chesapeake and VB’s growth is atypical, given their history of being counties. I hesitate to call then true cities because they could probably be broken into at least a half-dozen towns.
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    New Arena

    I'm sure there are sports venues named after companies outside the home metro. Off the top of my head, FedEx Field is in Landover, MD; FedEx is headquartered in Memphis. I see no reason why NS couldn't be the sponsor, in spite of them leaving.
  8. You go to LA, they have developments similar to this downtown. It’s the new normal, Norfolk is simply keeping up. I think we’ll get a high rise sooner or later, but this works and IMO, the street level retail add much-needed activity to that side of downtown.
  9. BFG

    New Arena

    Right...I wasn't trying to imply that it would only be DT Arena if it's in Chesapeake. It's just that with the upcoming departure of Norfolk Southern, they're more or less the most prominent Fortune 500 company in the area. Location wouldn't matter one way or another with the name, because it still gets seen on televised events (say, March Madness).
  10. I dunno what it is, but I think this design adds some legitimacy to downtown Norfolk, for some reason.
  11. BFG

    Norfolk Development 2

    Given the tight location, I'm actually okay with this. I wasn't expecting a tower on that site, and I'm guessing Buddy would've been reluctant to allow any building that would block the view from the ICON.
  12. BFG

    New Arena

    I didn’t really have a specific location in Chesapeake in mind, I’m just noting DT’s offices being there. If the arena were to go there, I’d say Bowers Hill or redevelop the Chesapeake Square site. That’s at least somewhere central for the entire region.
  13. BFG

    New Arena

    I have a feeling Dollar Tree will buy the naming rights, esp. if this ends up in Chesapeake.
  14. Apparently the state General Assembly is considering approving sports betting in the Commonwealth, which could pave the way for a major league team and a new venue. All signs are pointing towards the Redskins, which would likely end up somewhere in Northern Virginia, but I wonder if it could play into the proposed arena down here. https://www.legalsportsreport.com/37844/virginia-sports-betting-bill-changes/
  15. Keep in mind the light rail and outlet mall collaboration failures happened before Mayors Alexander and Dyer took over. A lot of the old guard was still in place in 2015-16; the current mayors and councils are younger and more diverse, and realize regionalism is the way to go, and that this area is very much behind the times. I think the Chamber's visit to other U.S. cities had a lot to do with them seeing the light. That said (and I've mentioned this a million times), having VB on board is critical. should this project depend on a hotel tax for funding. The taxes from the Strip alone would be clutch. If only there were a way to place the arena between two of the three cities.
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