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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Premier Apartments Progress

    Value engineering happens in every city. NY suffers from it tremendously on most projects, megatalls included.
  5. 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.
  6. Norfolk Off-Topic

    It's a great idea to both centralize transit options and remove that hideous station from the NEON district.
  7. 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.
  8. 494 St Paul Residential Development

    It's all supply and demand driven. The original proposals had larger buildings and more parking, looking rather suburban. The city wanted them to spread the buildings across the block and hide the parking, thus getting a more urban look but shorter buildings. It was the right call by the city. The only street fronting lot is part of the church which isn't part of this project. While not the most desired project, this isn't too difficult to swallow.
  9. Lofts at Boush Street Progress

    Every parking lot filled in downtown is a healed wound on the soul of the city. While the scar will always be there (lots of architectural gems replaced with mediocrity) the city is recovering. These kind of developments move the goal post of the downtown limits.
  10. Norfolk Development 2

    Buddy is at it again. No renderings or plans yet, and should take a few years to develop. Said he wants to build from scratch and hasn't determined if it'll have office space or retail. Norfolk developer Gadams buys properties near Chrysler Museum for apartments and retail
  11. Virginia Beach Light Rail and Transit

    According the the Virginia Pilot, the No vote was almost a mirror of a Trump vote. I fail to see anything else but race playing a factor, or at best, people not being educated on the fact that their taxes weren't coming back with a No vote. There was never an understanding of the long game for No voters. It's a shame because I do believe they want better jobs for themselves and their kids, but they have taken a large piece of the package off the table to attract big businesses. Mass transit and regionalism is fundamental. They blew both.
  12. Virginia Beach Light Rail and Transit

    http://pilotonline.com/news/government/sessoms-light-rail-is-dead-for-now-votes-still-rolling/article_a36b8dd8-6f6e-5f1e-a101-5b354db544c8.html The mayor said light rail is dead for now. All the anti development, anti progress, bigots, and tea partiests got their way. Kerry Daugherty is probably throwing a party with John Moss. Next month they'll work to end the stadium deal so we can never build a better infrastructure, attract business and entertainment, and lose all of our young educated minds. I hope Norfolk doesn't give up their goal of rail expansion.
  13. Norfolk Union Mission Expansion Progress

    I think the website is just confusing. Those renderings and accompanying text have been there for a while, it's nothing new. I'm pretty sure the modern rendering was originally proposed, but what was actually approved is the more contextual building with the before and after slide on the front page.
  14. Hilton Norfolk at The Main

    I don't think there is a reason to get hung up over the height here. Architecturally it is respectful to Granby st on one side and modern on Main st. It also brings a lot of new modern amenities downtown. Height is not a concern IMO while we continue to fill in the gaps and heal the wound to the city from the 1960s.
  15. Norfolk Courts Complex Progress

    Arguably more importantly, this marks the first step in re-establishing the grid and breaking up the City Hall super block. This will be incredibly important as development creeps up north from the court complex throughout St. Paul's quadrant. Establishing the infrastructure and connectivity to the rest of downtown is as important as any building IMO.