mistermetaj

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  1. mistermetaj

    Hyatt Place at Pembroke Park Progress

    Looks like it engages with the corner really well. Pushes the parking to the interior, so it won't be very visible (other than the parking already between the towers that currently exist). I imagine in time there will be garage built in the middle and larger redevelopment will take place.
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    Museum Apartments Progress

    He called it his ode to Le Corbusier, so don't expect anything nice. Le Corbusier's architecture is more military barracks than anything beautiful, organic, let alone art. I do not have very high hopes.
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    TCC Visual and Culinary Arts Center

    Yeah, that whole area is hamstrung by the feds. However, simply following traffic and pedestrian lights go a long way to making crossing the street safer.
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    Marriott Oceanfront Progress

    Original was slightly nicer, but this is beautiful and a perfect resort hotel. I wish we had this quality up and down the entire strip. Very impressed.
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    TCC Visual and Culinary Arts Center

    I disagree. The Greyhound is a total eye sore and makes crossing Brambelton extremely uninviting. Thisbuilding is modern, will have a restaurant and has guaranteed foot traffic. The more people that have to cross Brambelton, the better for the Neon district and the more improvements the city will have to make to cross the street. This is a win all three at around, and IMO the best of all the announcements. Can't get rid of that bus station fast enough.
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    Norfolk Gateway

    I wonder how they came to want to build on that plot of land instead of the Snyder lot.
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    TCC Visual and Culinary Arts Center

    This is a great development and great design. So much more welcoming across Brambleton than that horrendous bus station. Adding students and a restaurant will be a great way to increase foot traffic and finally link downtown to the Neon district. Kudos to TCC for being a great partner with the city.
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    Norfolk Gateway

    Huge fan of growing development and love the overall urban healing going on in Norfolk. That being said, I think the building is pretty ugly. Not as bad as it's neighbor city hall, but hardly an architectural gem.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    Norfolk's issue is that it's the historic "urban" center of the area, but not the business center. The relationship between Virginia Beach and Norfolk is the single biggest detriment to the urban fabric of the area. In comparison to small cities like Raleigh, they are strategically located close to better colleges and research institutions, thus the ability to attract businesses that attract an abundance of young talent. The growth of the biomedical industry has greatly enhanced cities around Charlotte, buttressing the growth of their financial institutions. Virginia Beach is just starting to enter this space. Norfolk has not. As schools like ODU and CNU improve, more businesses should show up in the area. When it comes to homelessness, the west coast is especially unique. Living in NY, there is certainly plenty of homelessness (and give the population probably more than any individual city in the US). However, using San Francisco as the most analogous city, it's problems are much worse in both the concentration and aggression of the homeless. I've never experienced anything like it. Not surprised it would extend further north.
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    Scope Renovations

    Nah, it has a historical concrete dome. Better to find another place for a new arena and convert scope into something else (imagine if it were possible to convert it into a train station). Could make the area now inviting and open to development by removing the large unused elevated space around the arena.
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    The idea that people on government paid for living get a voice in this entire redevelopment is infuriating. They may have a right to assistance but not the location. Really disappointed with Kenny Alexander. This is all political and not in the best interest of the growth of Norfolk.
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    Premier Apartments Progress

    Value engineering happens in every city. NY suffers from it tremendously on most projects, megatalls included.
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    St. Paul's quadrant will be nothing like Broad Creek. It might not have high rises, but it will be urban in design. That has been the plan the entire time.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    It's a great idea to both centralize transit options and remove that hideous station from the NEON district.
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    494 St Paul Residential Development

    Eh, it's all in the execution. If we get a textured brick design with nice landscaping as shown in the renderings, this will be just fine. It's contextual with the church, and is flush with the street on all sides but the church parking lot. At worse, this looks like a college dorm. It is nothing like Tidewater Gardens. Yes, mixed use would be better, but this is in line with what was planned in that small section of SPQ.