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  1. A pedestrian plaza there is a great idea! That immediate area on Broad is really blossoming, this can only help. Im a little surprised theres no option with the tree still there (I thought I remembered that they were going to try and incorporate it somehow?). I like the tree, but it doesnt really seem realistic that they could keep it and still make a nice usable space. I'll take this over whats there now any day. Plus I see 5 NEW trees - in a few years we'll have people willing to fight to preserve them I thought there would be more room for patio seating for Max's - I guess they could fit a couple of two seaters out front (like the couple of tables out front of Saisons Market), outdoor dining adds a nice bit of life to the streetscape
  2. Approval of this is good news, while not perfect it should be a good first step! Eventual conversion to a light rail system would be great - could even be designed as a throwback to Richmond's history as the worlds first electric trolley system (I still cant believe they burned all the original trolleys). I do think step two of this is a redesign of the rest of the routes to maximize efficiency and connectivity to this new "spine". I definitely see this thing generating new ridership (and development all along the corrider). Then build from there -would be great to see something running out to the airport! (as well as the counties). Meanwhile, there's still lots of room for development around Rocketts Landing (and the greater Fulton area), still buildings going up in the bottom, new vitality (and room to grow) along Broad from 5th west to VCU (both on the Grace Street side and Jackson Ward), an amazing redo of Broad and Belvidere, Still parcels available west of there, the big mixed-use Sauers development, then Scotts Addition, then even more dev opportunities before getting to Willow Lawn and the huge Libbie Place mixed use development. This can only help the momentum. I thought for a minute there that they were going to delay/kill the project, glad they pulled it off!
  3. haha- good call! whats next? would be fun to have someone else move their headquarters in and build a new tower. Cant really think of anyone local likely to do it soon (Capital One? Markel? nah...). Maybe someone up north will get attracted by the "quality of life" were developing down here
  4. I remember a year ago filling out a survey about uses for the train shed - it really go me thinking how fun it would be to have an open public space (coordinated with the plaza at 17th street market) with a little stage for music and "stalls" for rotating groups of local restaurant/brewery/retail vendors. As a transportation hub and the site of the va tourist whatever it would be a great place to showcase local artisans and help create a real "public square" vibe in the heart of the city. So many new residents within walking distance in the past few years (2000?), the immediate area is ripe for quality investment (as soon as the ballpark cloud clears)...
  5. Steve_

    The Locks at 321

    thats awesome - do you know which block that is?
  6. Looks fantastic! That bend could probably support more hight but thats a nice addition to the neighborhood. The round spot right behind it would be an amazing location for a tower (or a park). ,,,and I like the Pear St plan - is probably as big as could be without blocking the views from the hill. Bring it on!
  7. Steve_

    The Locks at 321

    Yes! Great opportunity for a string of pearls on Broad - with the CNB tower being rehabbed, 4-5, 6-7, and hopefully the state ends up doing something substantial at 8-9. Plus there are several great blocks in the VCU/biotech park area - I know VCU has plans for some of them, and something substantial (pharma/biotech/etc) could go behind the convention center between 3-4, and I've dreamed a big campus headquarters for someone could fit between 2-3 north of Jackson (up against the highway). It's a bit tricky since they'd have to "step down" as the building went west to avoid overshadowing the neighborhood but I think it could be done. ...plus a handful of buildings begging to be torn down and replaced by something grander - like the trashy little building at 6th and Franklin
  8. Steve_

    The Locks at 321

    A boutique hotel right there would be really nice! Glad to hear that the new building will have more residential as well - more people living& working down there has to be good news for the couple of restaurants already there. Access is still a problem (not for me, but for normal people) - I'd love to see a pedestrian extension, even just a skinny one, on the east side of that 10th street bridge over the expressway that would lead right up to the new "Locks at 321". While we're at it, I'd really like to see them dig that tunnel under the expressway to connect the alley by the plaza at the Martin Agency to the cool old stone bridge on the canal for pedestrian traffic! Very interested in hearing their plans for the canal side of the new building - its exciting to see the slow-but-steady momentum on the canal continue...
  9. Didn't see a forum for the music scene around here - I was a little suprised (though I probably shouldnt have been) to see Richmond on this list of top ten music cities! http://www.musicfromtherow.com/home/top-10-music-cities-other-than-nashville
  10. Haha, keep 'em coming! (Im doing my best to keep them in business). But dont give Shortpump credit for Strangeways - thats over by the train station off of Dabney Rd (just west of Scotts Addition)
  11. I hope that catches on - dont forget about the one already at postbellum. Are there no others?
  12. Wow - I thought they were going to take turns! Im also there at HDL, traffic on Jackson will be a bear. (And if the 7th street work is taking 5 months, I wonder why they're optimistic the 5th street work will be done in 3...). Anyway, I hope at least once the structural work is done you can at least see a difference. Had to be done
  13. .... Look at fig 27 in the dev proposal icetera posted - do you really not see how cool that would be as a restored feature in that part of town? "The area is a prominent residential neighborhood of 100 year old structures, often cited as the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States. The streetcars of the period fueled the expansion of Richmond outward from its downtown core. Richmond’s streetcar system was notable as the world’s first successful operation of electric rail transit, beginning service in 1888. Many innovations in the early days of electric rail service occurred at the Fan trolley barn site."
  14. Ah, come on - those are fantastic old (110 years) unique large buildings that add a lot of character to the fan - I see that being a huge draw if developed right that you could never replicate out in the burbs. There are lots of empty lots (or crappy 60's-70's structures) around town where cool new construction could add a lot of value, buts lets not destroy what makes Richmond unique in the process!
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