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  1. Government seriously considering Springfield for new relocated FBI headquarters. https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/g-men-headed-for-springfield-possibly/
  2. Will be in Norfolk next month for the first time since December 2019. Look forward to taking pictures of Harbor's Edge River Tower. In the meantime here is a link to Apartments.com with up to date photos of River Tower. https://www.apartments.com/harbors-edge-river-tower-norfolk-va/fb22xtv/
  3. Photo of Granby St. from City Hall Ave. in 1915.
  4. Main St. in 1953. All of the buildings shown were demolished decades ago.
  5. Wow an end to era. My father's dental practice was in the 555 Fenchurch St. Building (torn down in 2003), and he use to send me over to this McDonald's to fetch lunch when I worked in his practice in 1980. Downtown Plaza was a bustling shopping center back then. I am looking forward to when SPQ is complete at this location.
  6. I think this concept would work better at the Military Circle Mall site. I like what they are planning at Pembroke Mall, but again what's with Hampton Roads infatuation with vast parking lots? Hide those things or build parking garages.
  7. I live in DC and my biggest complaint about the modern buildings here is they are all glorified boxes. Not much architecture over the last 60 years has been imaginative or interesting. I hope SPQ uses bold architecture and color to enliven the community.
  8. I guess good thing Norfolk has been conservative about building speculative office towers. Demand outstripping supply is the only way Norfolk seems to add office towers.
  9. The West side of Downtown Norfolk 1970.
  10. Although I am disappointed in the rendering, I am sometimes surprised at the presence that a 8 story building can have especially on a parcel of land with nothing on it. The Norfolk courthouse is a prime example. The building looks good at St. Paul's and Main St. The same maybe true with the hotel portion of the casino.
  11. I like the design of the grounds heck even the Hotel and casino portion. We were kind of promised a tower. This is just like Gateway Tower that was reduced to Gateway midrise. Yes it seem Norfolk hates height and keeps accepting mediocrity.
  12. Why does Norfolk hate highrise towers? I agree the design is decent and incorporates the waterfront surrounding pretty well, but the midrise tower greatly decreases my enthusiasm for this project.
  13. I've seen videos from NRHA from the 1960s and they filmed the neighborhoods and some of the houses looked like they could be blown over in a stiff wind, but there were well built homes and businesses owned by black people that were caught up in the urban "renewal" craze of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Church St. is nothing like it was 40 and 50 years ago. Only remaining structure is the Attucks Theatre. Now the street looks like some suburban hell you would find in Chesapeake or Virginia Beach. Yes I agree that many building demolished in this period were fine.
  14. A lot of the housing was dilapidated and needed to be demolished, but the city went way way too far and demolished buildings that were old but were sturdy. The mindset seemed to be Norfolk has to be remade into a model city and old structures don't fit in the model city mode.
  15. I think throwing dirt could be construed as digging up dirt that the city has tried hard to cover up. The Ghost of East Ghent is there and I think it is very reasonable for residents of Tidewater Park to be wary of this latest "redevelopment". The city has to be ready to respond to the media throwing dirt. They should never institute a media blackout again about a billion dollar redevelopment which is the largest in city history.
  16. This is worth viewing the whole 8 minute clip. This clip is from a program that aired on WTAR TV 3 in the 1950s and 60s. The program aired on 9/7/1956 and its interesting to see them talking about adding a new civic arena to Downtown and developing the riverfront. They also talk about redesigning the traffic patterns around Downtown. You see the beginning planning for Brambleton Ave, St. Paul's Ave and Waterside Dr. Could this be the beginning of planning for what would become Scope and Waterside? https://dc.lib.odu.edu/digital/collection/wtar/id/1925/rec/1
  17. Yes it is, but its a huge part of Norfolk's history. I think the era should be studied to ensure nothing like this happens again.
  18. Found this footage from the Old Dominion University archive of Downtown Norfolk redevelopment in 1963. So much was torn down then. https://dc.lib.odu.edu/digital/collection/wtar/id/1436/rec/15
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    New Arena

    Virginia Business article on a new arena in the Military Circle Area. Hope this comes to fruition. https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/military-circle-redevelopment-could-include-arena/
  20. Yes I applaud Norfolk for holding the multiple meetings and charrettes early on, but it seems that the city has taken the project underground and is no longer communicating with the residents or the citizens. The city simply cannot ignore the inquiries from the citizens or the press. It kind of makes it looks like they are hiding something. The city must do better or they will not allay the fears of the residents that SPQ is nothing but East Ghent all over again.
  21. My late Daddy's dental practice use to be on Fenchurch St. next door to the church I grew up in St. John's AME so I am somewhat familiar with Tidewater Gardens. Quite a few of my father's patients lived in Tidewater Gardens. My Father frequently would provide Dental services for free to the residents. Quite a few had jobs with the city or private employers and had insurance. Its false to say every resident in public housing does not have a skill or job. The problem resides with low wages to low to afford market rate housing. TG is the only home many of them have ever known. Yes I commend the city for being somewhat transparent with the residents, but now that demolition has started some have come to realize that the vouchers are insufficient and they are not receiving the level of support of People First as the city promised. The Ghost of East Ghent reared its head again. Norfolk has a dark history of moving its black residents out in favor of better off white residents. No wonder the Tidewater Gardens residents are skeptical of the cities motives. Also this not talking to the media about this project because of litigation makes it look like the city is hiding something. Terrible that NRHA and People First did not return Soledad's call. This time around Norfolk needs to ensure and follow through with helping the residence move back in and if they desire to move somewhere else the city needs to do everything in their power to assist them in moving into safe affordable housing elsewhere. SPQ is a exciting project but it needs to be implemented properly and honestly.
  22. Here is Soledad O'brien talking about the BET Documentary about the demolition of Tidewater Gardens and the SPQ revitalization. She starts out talking about how Norfolk is a beautiful growing city, but there is the other side of redevelopment and that is the displacement of current residents in Public Housing.
  23. Yes you need to have a cable package that includes BET. You can also sign up for BET and cancel once you see the show.
  24. BET with Soledad Obrien spotlighted the redevelopment of the Tidewater Gardens Public Housing Project. Two things stood out I think the documentary was overly harsh on NRHA and the city. The city has held numerous community charrettes and has asked residents what would they like to see in SPQ. I think the Documentary really put the spot light on the poor messaging coming from NRHA and the city. Soledad Obrien called NRHA, the director of People First and the Mayor. Only the Mayor was contacted and he was easily tripped up by Soledad Obrien's question about how can you guarantee that all current Tidewater Garden's can return when they are building less affordable units in SPQ then what there is now. The City has got to work on their communications with the press. Its simply unacceptable to stop talking with the press about this massive redevelopment project. Although I understand the need to remain silent while the development is in litigation, there is no excuse for the city to completely ignore media inquiries. Norfolk has to do better! Here is a link to the program: https://www.bet.com/video/disrupt-and-dismantle/season-1/full-episodes/episode-105-displacement-in-the-mermaid-city.html
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