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  1. I feel you on that potential. There's seems to be a lot more incentive for the beach in that scenario. Infeasibility has never stopped any city including Norfolk from constructing ideas. Don't see how this would be any different. I'm down for the positivity but not so much for the part about not having money for the train nor the idea of the arena near Military Circle. Still seems odd with it not being downtown, with all the existing transportation options already there. Plus I see the area around Military Circle being very drivable. What reason would locals have to take a train where they could drive? The idea isn't stupid at all...just very coincidental that the west side option is a no go right in time for Military Circle to be a potential arena site.
  2. IDK bro... just seems so suspect These route options do so little for the present infrastructure and population it's actually grotesque. I never thought I'd say this but at this rate I wish they'd never even built the thing
  3. When regionalism goes wrong... It's like they're saying "hey! It's all the same area according to the natives...shouldn't make much of a difference where the news paper is, right?"
  4. I think I identified my issue with this development and many like it in the 757: It's an urban development but isn't integrated into the existing urban fabric of the neighborhood! Did I get it??? Like, why isn't this facing Hampton Blvd, a super busy street with plenty of visibility? Is it the truck traffic? Is Norfolk just looking out for NIT and the other ports?? "What's going on" here?
  5. Yessir! Strawman. You distorted my argument, implying that I wanted a high-rise. It's something that obviously would be a bad idea. Not even realistic. Everyone would agree with that and it'd make my point look ignorant and make anything you say seem correct..... Its a strawman This is another one. I don't ride the bandwagon. Just because a bunch of people believe Norfolk has made great strides doesn't mean it actually did. Some of the same people who ate at Rainforest Cafe at Mac Center might be on this board right now saying that mall should be cleared and made into a street grid. I was one of them, as a matter of fact. I can admit that I thought Mac Mall was fire! A downtown mall seemed cool. But all it really did was kill a lot of potential character and create a huge boundary. Norfolk got desperate to get "people" to go downtown and tried to duplicate what the suburbs did, kinda. Because truthfully, what I hear the most when people are relocating is "how good are the schools?" Maybe we could've moved that money towards THAT instead of a cash-grabby mall. Bro; It was a bad idea for the area but it brought money back downtown, and that's probably all they cared about and hoped that it would help the rest of the city a lot more. It helped...but not as much as it hurt. It didn't become dense and walkable. IT WAS DENSE AND WALKABLE. I saw those pictures of Church St. Atlantic City. They "urban renewal'ed" downtown... Then it became Laguna Seca! Well, I think perhaps it would be more constructive for me to offer what I offered. My feedback. I haven't read anywhere on this page that goes against that and I haven't been offensive. No rules broken. A couple people on this page have expressed disdain for this development besides me. As a moderator, I'm sure you have the power to limit me in ways but I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to demonstrate tyranny, so I'd say just take what I'm sharing as an opinion. With that said, just because I don't have the perfect development idea for this doesn't mean I can't identify a terrible idea. If someone was morbidly obese they may not know what food would be the absolute healthiest but they would probably know a cheeseburger and fries isn't, ya know? You wanna know what I think should go on that plot? Something better. It doesn't have to be bigger, just something that says "hey! we're Norfolk! The center of the 7 cities and we want to be the cultural, financial and educational hub center cities offer! Not, "hey...we got some low-rise condos in front of some high-rise condos and a mall down the street I haven't got the feels that anyone on this board wants that. Not even me. I don' t want the 7 cities to be NYC. I just want it to be the best it can be. sue me for having a vision why don't you...
  6. Yeah, I read that last night. It was interesting that projections also showed that in 20 years Richmond would be larger than Norfolk, with trends staying consistent. That concerned me. It drove the point home that this isn't just a "cities aren't growing as fast as suburbs are so of course Norfolk is behind" but also the idea that even comparable cities to Norfolk are growing at a higher rate. Norfolk is in a strange strange position in VA. The Chesapeake thing is difficult for me to respect. I can't shake knowing that it's a bedroom community that was once a county, allowed to gain city designation through combining with South Norfolk(why didn't Norfolk County call it's new city "South Norfolk" btw?), filled all it's land with residential development and get's to say it's a mid-sized city now, without offering services that cities offer the surrounding area. I mean, at least Va Beach has the beach. What does Chesapeake offer as incentive for visiting it? Malls? Maybe it's just me but I have observed regionalism as being like a body. You have a head, two arms, two legs, add the stomach if you'd like, or even hands, feet, etc..... The center city would serve as the head with the suburbs acting as limbs. Each part is important and if you lose one, it effects everything adversely. Well.....in the 7 cities, every city is a head. No one wants to be the limbs. As a matter of fact, I'd say VA and NJ are a lot a like, where the state is the head and the cities, counties, towns and everything else act as limbs. I think the cities are gettin' played....... the elephant in the room seems to be the state is hustling it's cities, and no ones talking about it. That doesn't bug any of you??
  7. @ "So is a Walmart" so much in the 7 cities is designed this way!
  8. The arena makes a lot of sense in pretty much any area of Norfolk before being in any other city in the area. It's just a no brainer
  9. I bet you would love that... I said "semi-suburban" and the only reason I say that is because it's the type of development that would be acceptable in the suburb of a core city, within or near a "town center". Something like Va Beach's town center would be a great example. Seeing this in pretty much any other part of Norfolk would be fine. I'm from Queens but I've lived in a multitude of incorporated areas, cities(including 4 of the cities on the southside of Hampton Roads) and a few countries. I also know suburban. I know urban. I know center cities. The type of urban you get in core cities should maximize the usage of the land, considering the core cities typically have less land to work with. This is under-serving. It's a little city move that screams desperation. It's not even mid-rise. It's low-rise. I wouldn't expect a tower there neither and your straw man arguments are frustrating
  10. ONCE1stBlvd

    New Arena

    I have a question: Does a fortune 500 company have to be in the area that it's naming rights apply to? Meaning, when Norfolk Southern leaves, does that mean it can't still have naming rights on an arena in the 757/948? I feel like "The Norfolk Southern Center" would sound so nice
  11. Hi! yeah.....this is my first post, and I hate that it has to be this way but, ARE YOU SERIOUS??? How is a semi-suburban development on probably the most presidential street in Norfolk "giving downtown a more big city presence"???? This is extremely a terrible idea, just like the houses behind the mall. How could you be okay with this?????????? Isn't this like, the central business district? Am I trippin'?? da heck?
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