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  1. Thanks for the link. Very nice. I'm guessing 5 years from now Cola might be ready for it to start up again. I'd live there if I could. It's not as far out there as I expected after hearing comments about ultra ultra modern. It's just normal big city modern.
  2. So I guess we were both wrong - I had it located a block too far north, you had it located a block too far east...
  3. Those renderings were never publicized, right? I heard a lot about them and am still SO curious. I know they were very very modern, right? Wow, a W at Senate and Park? I thought there was going to be an alumni thing, or is that the other side of the block?
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    Sorry, I didn't see this powerline discussion, I just posted a similar rant on the Canalside thread. Oh, it's so short sighted, and will cost more in the long run to not do it when it's the most convenient time, when the pavement is already dug up.
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    I don't have a problem with the architecture there, except the ones with all that beige look incredibly bland and cheap. I think the rest fits into the Vista just fine. I would have expected a lot worse, with some fake imitation of a historic style. What I DO have a problem with is that they didn't bury the power lines. It should be imperative that any new development, or any time the sidewalks are dug up for new construction, that the lines got buried. Look at all the money that was put into wheat street's streetscaping. Looks great except for the powerlines. And I'm beginning to doubt tha
  6. As much as I think a bridge at the confluence of the rivers would be fantastic, I'm kinda happy it has been put on hold for a while instead of jumping onto it before the time is right. I'd love to see some really daring architecture for that bridge. What a center piece that would be in that spectacular setting. Postcard material. One should make a study of how many tourist dollars a Calatrava bridge would bring to Columbia. There's apparently huge numbers of people who travel around to see all his pedestrian bridges. But now that his bridges are not so much a novelty anymore (although great, n
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    I'd definitely prefer an apartment like the ones on Canal Side than an inner suburb house! Even if it's close to downtown, it's still suburbia. Wouldn't dream of it. My ideal is to have a place way out in the boonies AND a pied-a-terre (funky loft space preferably) smack in an urban environment. I wish there were more apartments for sale, not only all these rentals. Also, I wish it would be easier to find a raw loft space I could put my imprint on in stead of those so-called lofts that are all carved up into suburban-home-style extra bedrooms, walk-in closets and multiple bathrooms. Wouldn'
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    Columbia Transit

    So, tell me, what does lightrail or BRT have as advantages over the above system? (if we are EVER going to have any form of mass transit in Columbia..) A few things I like about it: - it's on demand, so you are not waiting or being a slave of irregular schedules - it's more flexible with destinations, easy to expand the system, more direct once the grid expands - it has a small footprint (doesn't require full size separate bus lanes or putting down as expensive tracks as a lightrail) I think of it in comparison to a train with many tiny 4-person coaches, and each can bring you to your d
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    Columbia Transit

    It's not about giving up the car, It's about parking it for the day if you are commuting from outside the city, or leaving it in the garage if you live downtown. You really don't think we'll have the density in 5-10 years to warrant anything else than busses? Then you are pessimistic about this place's growth potential. We HAVE to plan ahead for some kind of mass transit, and this system has so much going for it compared to light rail, trolley's, subways etc. I think actually it is to Columbia's advantage to NOT have invested quite yet in mass transit till new systems like this one have been t
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    Columbia Transit

    Have you heard about the Ultra Rapid Transit System? Watch this clip on youtube: They are building one at Heathrow Airport. Gee, the system looks genial! No wait time. You press a button for your destination and off you go.
  11. I was there also, but didn't stay long for the entertainment as I had a very tired kid on tow. It was nice to imagine what this place could be in a few years. It's amazing how many nice little nooks and crannies I had never noticed before at daylight, nice tastefully lit places perfect for a few cafe tables. The area is in desperate need for a few restaurants that are open in the evening, though. The pedestrian-friendliness of the street was even noticed by my 5-year old who loved it. I hope this little 'street festival' can be a frequent event, possibly with different themes. Shall we he
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    Does anyone know what's planned in the lots on Park behind the new health science building and the future alumni center? I was just walking up Park from the Koger center to Gervais street the other day and thinking what an ideal street to become a pedestrian link between Innovista and the Vista. That's such a barren street right now with just empty lots on the north side, absolutely no greenery to shelter from the elements, and definitely not very pedestrian friendly. Imagine that street lined with storefronts, restaurants, caf
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    Apparently there's some big announcement today about a new innovista tenant...
  14. You guys all have great pics! Why don't you post them in Google Earth also? This way we can see on the map where they are from. Yours are all much better than the ones that already are on Google Earth from Columbia!
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    Five Points

    I'm generally not so thrilled about fake neo-traditional, but this project has something... I drove by today and have no trouble visualizing it. BTW, looks like they've started digging for the new fountain today.
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