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  1. Beautiful Drone video of Downtown Norfolk at night. The city looks big at night.
  2. Do you remember bootsy Goldstein's Novelties and books on Granby? For most boys growing up in Tidewater/Norfolk Goldstein's Novelties and books was our first peek at real porn. He was murdered and the murder as far as I know was unsolved. I remember rumors at the time the city was behind the murder because they wanted Bootsy off of Granby, but he would not sell his business. A little bit of Norfolk folklore. True it was dead after 5pm on workdays, but the city filled up for Virginia Squires games and for Harborfest. There was also the CIAA Tournament that brought in a lot of people in the late 70s and early 80s.
  3. Granby St. in the late 70s was a dangerous place that was devoid of people past 5:00 M-F. There were Prostitutes and couple of lounges and gay bars at the south end of Granby. Sailors Row was the name of buildings that now comprise the Main on Granby. The bars on that block still catered to sailors and Prostitutes. No the city of today is light years from the city of the late 70s. Granby is very active today and so clean and nice.
  4. Here is a movie reel about Norfolk's redevelopment efforts in the early sixties. I think it shows that NRHA designated neighborhoods slums when in reality there were nice well kept homes amongst the dilapidated homes. Really gives you an idea about what the mindset was in the 60s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nde92jgpKnw
  5. Virginia Business article about how Norfolk is still bullish about the city's future even after the coronavirus outbreak has run its course. https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/a-watershed-moment/
  6. Good move by the city of Norfolk. In the interim I believe the plan is to make it into a mix use development.
  7. The city did have some of the worse slums in the whole country. There was a movement in the 50s and 60s to provide clean sanitary housing in the middle of the decaying city core. What we got just exacerbated the racial and economic disparity that still exist today. I think there intentions were good but misguided. Hindsight is 20/20.
  8. Although I like this development, I can see where the location is not the best. Can this be built on 23rd St? or Monticello Ave. I would love to see more mid rise buildings on Monticello Ave or 23rd St. Maybe this can be built on the Granby Tower plot of empty land? The Feds may be amenable to a 6 story building.
  9. Downtown Norfolk 1922.
  10. WPA photo of Granby St. in the 1930s.
  11. Gravity looks like a nice infill development. It will fit nicely in front of the Icon. Now re-landscape Waterside Dr. and incorporate some traffic calming infrastructure and then you will have a more urban Street.
  12. This is a bad move by Tribune. Norfolk is the center of the area and the areas leading Newspaper needs to remain housed in Downtown Norfolk.
  13. The mall appears to be morphing into an experience center and I would not count them out yet. If Starwood wants to make sure their investment is successful they will continue to explore the mixed use option.
  14. Norfolk should hold off tearing down MacArthur until SPQ is completed. This means MacArthur will be around for at least 20 years. In the meantime they should work with Starwood to make the mixed use component happen.
  15. This is exactly how I remembered Downtown Norfolk when I was in College around 1982. The Trailways bus station was in the foreground and Waterside was under construction. This was the dawn of the renaissance of Downtown Norfolk.
  16. Here is a late 19th Century early half of 20th Century Brewery which use to exist in Olde Hunterville. Also Attached is a photo at what stands today on 710 Washington Street Norfolk.
  17. Its worth pointing out that Detroit saw the largest increase in jobs in the whole US. Not sure if the casino had anything to do with it, but the area around the casino in both Detroit and Windsor Ontario is booming. The same could happen to Norfolk a plot of land that is doing nothing for the city right now.
  18. Wondering if the Hampton Roads chamber of commerce is coalescing around the idea of a new arena in Downtown Norfolk the most urban city in the area? Here is a quote from the Insidebiz article about the Chamber's recent visit to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC: "The attendees liked what they saw when touring the PNC Arena in Raleigh but thought a Hampton Roads version should be closer to an urban center. " https://www.pilotonline.com/inside-business/vp-ib-chamber-meeting-1014-20191010-urykmo5dyje6dpp6ezptj7yf3m-story.html
  19. Not sure when this photo was taken, but it looks like the late 20s.
  20. It just occurred to me that The Railyard development seems very similar to Union Market in DC. Union Market use to be full of industrial businesses, Korean owned mom and pop stores and Union Market. Now its been repurposed with restaurants, a market with restaurants and new condos and apartments.
  21. I think its a good proposal. Only drawback is all the visible parking that gives it the appearance of a suburban shopping center. I would hope a parking garage could be built and the areas where they want parking lots should be little parklets with sidewalks.
  22. I think we should keep our expectations in check. Casinos if done right can be a great economic boom, but if they do nothing to the area around it like bring in tasteful restaurants and condos it will be a failure. I really like the development and I hope Norfolk seizes the opportunity. The social cost have to be understood and mitigations have to be put in place.
  23. Here is the briefing made to the city council: https://www.norfolk.gov/documentcenter/view/48582
  24. Found this on the Architect/designers web page. My apologies if this has been posted elsewhere. http://www.hewv.com/projects/norfolk-gateway-office-tower/
  25. True the economy for now is very solid, but we are in the 9th year of a recovery. The typical lifespan of a robust economy is 10 years. I wish Norfolk would get this project moving.
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