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  1. lammius

    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    It is ridiculous, but there's an army of urban gondola enthusiasts pitching them all over the U.S. The promise is that it's cheap, requires *no* land, and offers a better level of service than surface transit modes. It can rarely deliver any of those three promises. In addition for finding places for the poles (you need 2 meters, which is basically the better part of a traffic lane), you need to site stations. To do that within the public ROW is going to be difficult to do (look at the pic below!). So ridiculous station construction and/or property acquisition to build the bloody stations is thrown in the cost formula. And then there's the travel time. These things average a measly 11 mph (including multiple stops on a line-haul route). To go from downtown Norfolk to NOB at 11 mph, that's a 45 minute trip. Gondolas are good for getting over a physical barrier (a mountainside, occasionally a river, etc.), for a short distance (a mile or two tops). As a mode of urban transport in a flat and relatively un-dense city, and for such a long distance, it's ridiculous. The only reason not to build LRT on Norfolk's west side is because you're trying to be cheap.
  2. lammius

    African Art Museum (Proposed)

    VERY cool project. I do hope the design changes, but this would be a great attraction for Norfolk. Looks like a new LRT station too?
  3. lammius

    River Tower (Approved)

    Here's a sneak peek at the eventual redesign of Gateway:
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    River Tower (Approved)

    Well, that's underwhelming.
  5. lammius

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    $14 a ride for adults and $12 for kids tho? Do you want to take your family on a Ferris wheel ride or feed them for a week? Not even the Coney Island Cyclone, long the benchmark of amusement ride ripoffs, approaches that level of extortion. </cheap old guy rant>
  6. lammius

    Norfolk Light Rail and Transit

    What a disappointment. This really sucks, not just for ODU but also for downtown. “40% of trips to the base come from Va Beach or Chesapeake.” Today. Using that as a reason to discount a west side line fails to recognize that good transit can change that paradigm. It can make downtown Norfolk a more desirable place for 19 year old service people and students alike. Having downtown as the center of the transit network would have done great things. Instead, downtown will be on a cul de sac.
  7. lammius

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Ride the Tide?
  8. lammius

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I do dislike the sky bridge. I get the need to safely move people to the parking across the street, but man, does it disrupt Scope's design.
  9. lammius

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    ^ I'm confused. Brambleton Station and the rendered parking deck at St. Pauls and Brambleton are two different things, right? Where is Brambleton Station proposed? In those Scope conceptual renderings it looks like they're planning to replace the surface lot at Brambleton and St Pauls with a giant parking deck, which would add lots more parking supply there. I wonder why the need for so much more parking. Is there a shortage during events at Scope now?
  10. lammius

    sports in norfolk

    I agree ODU doesn't fit in with the majority of ACC institutions, but the ACC kind of threw the implied academic prestige criterion out the window when they invited Louisville, tbh
  11. lammius

    Norfolk Off-Topic

    NCNB became NationsBank in 1991, so that ain’t recent! Back then most of E City Hall Ave was parking lots and tumbleweeds, so who can even guess where exactly this was proposed?
  12. lammius

    Starwood Mixed Use Proposal

    I hoped for a tower but this could be a good thing if it’s done right. We could end up with a nice space like the Piazza in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia or a more open-air Palmer Alley in DC.
  13. lammius

    Norfolk Gateway (Proposed)

    As rendered, this looks short of 300 feet. Those first 8 floors look like parking. I’m guessing this comes in around 260-270. Need the study to find more demand or that a smaller floor plate (sq feet per floor) is a smarter move for some reason to increase the number of floors.
  14. lammius

    Norfolk Gateway (Proposed)

    Looks like a spec building, so I'd expect a conservative office footprint. Would love to see hotel, residential, civic, something to raise the roof. Also, I just noticed it looks like they're going to de-map Union Street. So if you have a parcel stretching from the LRT tracks to Waterside Drive, that's ~1,000 feet and plenty of room for two towers, with room to spare, or even three with less room to spare. Y'know, that would make a lotta sense!
  15. lammius

    Starwood Mixed Use Proposal

    It's a good space-filler. Would love to see a 35-story residential/hotel tower rise above the corner portion of this, though. Also, re: the ferris wheel. A 20-story wheel will lift passengers 12 stories above the Elizabeth River Trail? Is the trail going to be raised onto an 8-story high skyway?