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  1. Took long enough. I think Dayton had Meijer like 15 years ago.
  2. I'm confused. I thought this was over with, so there's still hope?
  3. People are excited about it. That effort to force a referendum failed, so it is what it is. I agree that Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Hampton are legit cities. People always want to compare Norfolk to Richmond and state that Richmond is more of a city than Norfolk. I can see the arguments both ways. I think that Norfolk is urban for this region, but maybe not so much for other regions, and definitely not by West Coast or East Coast standards. But I've been in plenty of Midwestern cities with density similar or less than Norfolk, and it is not a deal breaker for me. Y
  4. Cool. Amazon has done this with a lot of the dead malls in Ohio would love to see this here.
  5. So they're really going to redevelop that area. And not just study it for 15 years?
  6. A casino isn't going to do anything for Norfolk. Won't do anything for Portsmouth either. A lot of cities built casinos and they still suck. Did casinos help Cleveland or Detroit? In any meaningful way; I understand those cities have little gentrification action going on but did the casinos make any meaningful impact on their urban areas? Move out of Norfolk if you don't want to be in a city? This is Hampton Roads, having a city that is a suburb that is rural is the entire point of being here I thought you already knew?
  7. May be off topic but what about the new Apple headquarters?
  8. Interesting. I did not know that was up for sale, nor that it had been purchased. Should be interesting. What about the flooding down there? That entire area needs to be raised. Maybe we'll get a new parking garage out of the deal.
  9. Well. Lol. I was under the impression from the article in the Pilot that the developer was going to drain the swamp. I read something about possibly residential there as well as retail. What I would like to see is a high rise mall followed up by mid rise residential and Class A office space out there. I think Janaf could be a Norfolk Town Center, is basically what I am saying. Or at the very least a Norfolk Peninsula Town Center. Of course you still have the eye sore of Military Mall, which, you do have two large employers out there but I think the city should kick everyone
  10. Interesting. First time I've ever heard this suggested. What are the obvious reasons?
  11. That reminds me of something one would see in Queens or the Bronx.
  12. Norfolk and Portsmouth are essentially the same city. I often wonder about Newport News and Hampton, but I'm not familiar enough with the Peninsula to make that suggestion. I don't see Virginia Beach or Chesapeake merging with anyone else. Technically Virginia Beach is at a point where it does not need to; already the largest city in Virginia by population and, has the potential to be the largest county by population as well if it were to move in a more progressive direction and stop being so suburban. Nothing for Virginia Beach to gain; yes, one could have a larger city if it were to
  13. Any of those 5 scenarios work for me, as any of them would result in a larger city, thus more tax revenue due to a higher population, and maybe something could get done around here.
  14. Days of annexation are far behind us. All standing cities annexed what they could, and it is what it is. I am told that a merger would have to happen at the state level. Sort of how New York City came about. I am all for merging cities on the Southside, and another merger among cities on the Peninsula. I am not for merging all seven cities of Hampton Roads. I think that to do so is untenable and entirely too much. The Peninsula has it's own personality, and the Southside has another. I see no real benefit in bringing the two together. I doubt that Chesapeake would merge with an
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