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  1. If it was well underway in December 2020 as the pics above showed, it was probably completed by mid 2021. Streetview from September 2022, it looks done: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8797562,-76.3,3a,75y,237.3h,96.55t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYqvJvLRqVS3lIJ0-F7-q4A!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
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    Norfolk Pictures

    Visited Norfolk for Labor Day weekend. I traveled down using Amtrak and brought my bike aboard. Did some riding around Norfolk, ERT, some of the bike-laned streets, and hit up some restaurants and breweries along the way. It was fun to experience Norfolk this way, as I've never considered it a "bike city." It really was a pleasant experience, until I rode out to the airport to pick up a rental car for a side-trip to the OBX. That was legit dangerous lol. Two min ride re-cap video: https://twitter.com/clammyfresh/status/1565901356900155393?s=20&t=NYzdiGS-ogrWZ3Wo5s5F7w
  3. Not even close. Norfolk: 4,468 ppsm Baltimore: 7,428 ppsm
  4. I think Scope is a cool building, it's just a question as to how useful it is as a venue and as a use of prime downtown land going forward. There's so much wasted space and development potential downtown (Snyder Lot, MacMall, Gateway, St Pauls Quad, etc.) that should see (re)development first, IMO. With so much developable land and not much pressure to build up, I'm not in a rush to demolish Scope. I'd rather see everything else get developed and filled, and for downtown to be bursting at the seams and in need of a complex of four 50-story towers at that site.
  5. Cars taking up more space than families
  6. I agree that all of this is true. In addition, there are some perspectives that are overrepresented in today's public planning process. I'm very involved in my local community and serve on the board of my community/neighborhood association. We perform an annual community association survey. The respondents to that survey, when compared to the Census demographics of the neighborhood, are very different. For instance, 70% of the survey respondents say they own a car. But in our neighborhood, 64% of households do not own a car according to the ACS. If the voices of folks who come to community meetings are the only ones being heard, we could inadvertently develop the wrong kinds of transportation policies. If the city's transportation planner came to our community group and said "what do you need?" 70% of our members might say "more parking," or "get rid of the bike lanes" but that feedback wouldn't capture the needs of the 64% who don't drive, and who might need safer crosswalks, or bike access, etc. The city could take that info and make a "wrong" (as in, it works against the interests of most ppl) policy decision. In general, community associations and planning meeting-goers tend to be older, wealthier, more likely to own a car (or multiple cars), more likely to be a homeowner, and whiter than the population of the area. That's true in my community here in NJ, and I'd bet most across the country. That's not to say their opinions don't matter (they do!), but there are other opinions not making it to the table. That can--and does--skew outcomes. Achiving more balanced representation in these types of planning conversations is needed.
  7. Great pic! As a kid growing up in the area, Harborfest was one of the highlights of summer! I remember going every year from the late 80s through the late 90s. We knew school was just about over, and the festival itself was huge and fun! My grandfather had a small sailboat he'd dock at Banana Pier for the weekend in those early years, and that was our base camp for all the festivities. The festival was huge, covering Town Point Park, the space where Nauticus now sits, and some parking lots that existed at the time along Boush Street. One side effect of Norfolk's rebound in the 1990s-00s was that the footprint of the Harborfest seemed to get smaller and smaller. And the festival seemed less rowdy in the later years than the early ones. Portsmouth's Seawall Fest happened at the same time and was focused around Portside and where the Renaissance hotel now sits (was a parking lot before). The lines for the ferry going back and forth between the two festivals was always incredibly long!
  8. In terms of emissions, land and resource utilization, safety, personal and public costs, cars/highways are pretty bad compared to other transportation modes in an urban context, though. That aside, I agree with what you're saying. There are so many problems that "too much" parking creates. It's more wasted (or underutilized) space, it also drives up the cost of construction and the price of rent. Even if residents are paying $225/month (that's the going rate in JC at the moment) for garage parking, that doesn't cover the cost to build or maintain that parking over a 30+ year period. So the difference is made up in higher rents charged to all tenants whether they own cars or not. In the new-construction "luxury" market in my town, buildings that have zero parking are charging less in base rent than buildings that have parking, despite those buildings charging tenants a monthly parking fee on top of the rent. So if policymakers are looking for ways to address housing affordability, doing away with zoning requirements to overbuild parking at an arbitrary 2 spaces/unit or whatever might be one good tool (among many) to help address the problem.
  9. I agree. I saw Norfolk's Missing Middle Pattern Book and was jarred by how little of the city's land area is covered by zoning that even allows these housing types. So much of the city is covered by single-family zoning. https://www.norfolk.gov/DocumentCenter/View/66555/MissingMiddlePatternBook
  10. Actually most of the demo had been done by this time. You can see almost everything from City Hall Ave up to Princess Anne Rd had been wiped clean, with the housing projects north of Brambleton having been built, the municipal complex nearly complete, etc. Even a ton of the old buildings on the waterfront were demolished and turned to parking lots in this pic. The first big NRHA redevelopment (err, destruction) project started in the early 1950s. If you could find a pic from say 1949 or 1950, you'd see how much was lost between that time and the time this pic was taken in 1964. After this shot, the rest of the waterfront area was demolished (not sure the year) to make way for Waterside/Town Point Park/etc.
  11. Man, Hershee is gone?? The Garage was closed a few years ago. Anything left? Is the Wave (gross) still around?
  12. Is it actually "walkable once visitors have parked?" That's still one of my all-time favorites
  13. Wayment. The whole green block of "5" (what looks like 3 or 4 city blocks) is only going to have 87 units? Is that right??
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