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  1. I care less about height here than real, connected urban fabric so this area feels less like an isolated suburban office park, which it does now. Height at that low elevation wouldn't add much either. I think they could add some commercial space fronting the canal to activate the space and draw activity beyond the work day. Right now any life beyond walkers/joggers is so sporadic from 14th St. to Tredegar.
  2. Bad news, I just heard that Dominion won't build the second tower due to several business needs changes stemming from the sale of the natural gas part of the company and the pandemic telework/flex situation. They plan to fill the hole and later figure out what to do with the property.
  3. On the topic of height and massing, I'll repost what I put in the developments thread earlier this month as I think overall urbanity matters more than height here: Re: CoStar's possible new office in Foundry Park, I'm hopeful that they will add critical urbanity and connectivity to that part of downtown. Almost everything south of Cary from Belvidere to the Manchester Bridge has a suburban office park scale and car-centric orientation. This isn't a perfect example as it has plenty of flaws and is a larger mixed use infill project, but I think Baltimore's Harbor East offers some positives
  4. Nice new thread. I drove home to see family a few weeks ago and my brothers and I went safe distance exploring all over Northside. Wow! We got takeout wings and fried rice from the very New Orleans vibe Manchu that we ate at Tabol Brewery outside (felt safe), then toured Barton Heights, Brookland Park, Highland Park, and walked the main commercial strip--so much interesting development underway. We ended with takeout drinks and dinner from Fuzzy Cactus, which was AWESOME!!! I hope more folks will explore this part of the city and it can continue its evolution in a way that adds new vitality wi
  5. Re: Monroe Ward rezoning, that's a very positive development with strong potential for making those surface lots more financially appealing for infill development. I care less about height than holistic, thoughtful urbanism. I really wish we could adopt a form-based code. Re: CoStar's possible new office in Foundry Park, I'm hopeful that they will add critical urbanity and connectivity to that part of downtown. Almost everything south of Cary from Belvidere to the Manchester Bridge has a suburban office park scale and car-centric orientation. This isn't a perfect example as it has plenty of f
  6. Three points: 1. West Coast--I so hope RIC gets a direct flight to LA or SF. I lived in LA for 7 years and encountered a surprising number of Richmonders. I think we could meet demand to fill two flights a day. 2. Southwest--What's happening with Southwest? I had such high hopes. I live in Atlanta and used Southwest several times last year, but now I'm all in on Delta as the flight times changed this year for Southwest and they're a lot less desirable (e.g., mid-afternoon from Atlanta vs. end of business day). I may be wrong, but based on my trying to fly Southwest from Atlanta, i
  7. Also here's a relevant article I just received in ULI following their recommendations for funding and maintaining Detroit's parks: https://urbanland.uli.org/capital-markets/finding-a-funding-solution-to-maintain-detroits-parks/?utm_source=realmagnet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HQ%20Urban%20Land%205/6/19%20ENL
  8. I honestly don't think it looks that bad from the photos in contrast to the written description in the earlier post. I wonder if the issue may be tied to the types of plantings used in the park, i.e., are they higher maintenance ? So many great public parks now such as the High Line in New York and Railroad Park in Birmingham feature landscaping that appears wilder, more natural, and I suspect requires less maintenance, though I am not a landscape architect. I love that the medians on the interstate now have a more natural look. I think the park provides a welcome connectivity given the awful
  9. Personally, it's better than what might be the worst building in that area--the awful Riverside on the James I building (home of Troutman Sanders). The bigger problem with that whole swath of downtown from Cary to the river and Tredegar to the turning basin, is that it has a completely suburban office park feel with large lots, a focus on getting cars in and out, deep setbacks from streets that lead to a weak urban wall, and more difficult pedestrian connectivity than you find when you get to denser parts of downtown such as Main, Franklin, Grace, and Broad. Anything that can improve this larg
  10. I agree. Right now it actually looks shorter than the Federal Reserve. Perhaps when they light the corona at night it will appear to emanate higher. In general, I'm a fan of dispersed density that fills in blocks and activates streets rather than one or two really tall, singular towers, but it would be neat to see the next tower appear about a half inch taller on the skyline to give it a certain pop. I was back home visiting RVA last weekend and downtown's looking great, but we still have SO MANY surface lots to fill in. That's for another thread.
  11. RVA's days as a major banking center have passed. Hopefully BB&T will maintain a strong presence, but if not, I feel very positive about the future and am frankly glad it's not Charlotte. Yes, the region likely squandered many opportunities in the 1970s and '80s that Charlotte did not, e.g., the hub for Piedmont Airlines. However, having just spent several days in Charlotte, personally I find RVA a much more dynamic and interesting city with tremendous potential. I spent time walking all of downtown (uptown) Charlotte and explored many of the historic neighborhoods and up and coming places
  12. I heard from a Dominion employee that they have a tentative date of September 2019 for demolition pending permits, weather, etc.
  13. Dick's announced it will close at Stony Point: https://richmondbizsense.com/2018/08/15/sporting-goods-giant-leaving-stony-point-fashion-park/ Interesting development given Starwood's current upgrade investments and what appeared to be some positive momentum with the addition of H&M, Latitude, and some other recent tenants. I think they will struggle to find a traditional anchor tenant. Bloomingdale's would provide a strong boost and cement it as the definitive upscale center in the region, but I don't think our market can support them along with Saks and Nordstrom, plus those stores
  14. Everything in life involves trade-offs and there are so many variables and factors involved, as well as ways to measure and interpret, success and outcomes. I agree that bigger isn't always better. In this case (and not talking about states), I find the dynamism of cities/metros fascinating. In the 1970s so many had written off both Seattle (see Boeing's downsizing and "will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights?" billboards) and NYC, and today they are economic juggernauts, albeit with some serious cons to all this growth too such as displacement, housing affordability, t
  15. I know. It's fascinating to see the dynamism of our metros and then look into the underlying factors such as the economy, politics, and so on to try to understand what accounts for growth or decline, and most importantly, why and how some regions continue to thrive for long, sustained periods.
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