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  1. mistermetaj

    Tidewater and Brambleton Apartments (Approved)

    This is a great development. It is expanding past st Paul's already with a nice urban look. Having the parking lot front May Ave is fine. The orientation of the complex works. I think they'll have a hard time selling the apartments giving the area around it, but it is a worthy addition to Norfolk.
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    Norfolk Development 2

    Lets hope Norfolk at least forces them to change the design. This one is pretty bad for a proposal.
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    This is all mainly lower income / affordable housing. It was always going to be a budget development. It's coming out nice and adds a nice bit of urbanity for what it is. I think with some nice landscaping, this will be a nice addition. The city did it right when they required them to move the buildings flush with the street and moved the parking within the complex.
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    Restoring the grid and building a significant green space is wonderful. I'm content with townhouses, apartments, and offices. My only gripe is the idea of single family homes. Nix that and we have a great redevelopment ok our hands.
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    River Tower (Approved)

    Eh, architecture is subjective. What some find bland, others consider homely and contextual. This building brings density, which is what Norfolk needs. Expanded base? Bring it on. I'm more concerned about the restaurants and retail, if any, that come with this bulding. This building was never a significant enough design that I cared if it was tall. We haven't had a modern design significant enough to care since Granby Tower.
  6. 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 (Under Construction)

    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 (Proposed)

    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 (Proposed)

    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.