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  1. For whatever reason, it doesn't show up in your post. Could you please check the link?
  2. Feds Finally Get on Board With Rail Plan for Dulles The federal government reversed its earlier position today and announced support of the plans for a rail line to Dulles Airport. I never quite understood the earlier decision in January and can only hope that this will not continue to be a political football. It is imperative that rail service should reach Dulles and the western suburbs sooner rather than later. The Washington Post
  3. The new Hilton Baltimore looks as though it would be at home in Volgograd or Omsk. I don't think it's a terribly good addition to the city in terms of architecture. I'm fairly siure it will be successful in terms of filling its rooms.
  4. Well then, how about.....nothing? Why let the waterfront be ruined with a hideous clump of parking an a few offices? many will attempt to push crummy projects through during an economic downturn. The city must be vigilant against allowing this. The design of this glorified garage is atrocious. Why not let the land lie fallow until such time that a better project can be agreed upon? I realize that this isn't going to be a landmark building by any standard, but it could serve as a contributing building to the area. The present proposal is more of an affront to the city and to the Elizabeth River.
  5. It is quite remarkable to see the progress in downtown Silver Spring. The area is practically bristling with new developments- most of which have fairly good elements of urbanism. I'm overdue for another trip to Baltimore. The number of new condos and hotel rooms there is astonishing. So far, the market indicates that this level of building activity can be suppported. I hope this will be the case in the future.
  6. Portsmouth's execrable waterfront jail and courts complex might have been a lesson for the area in how not to develop a city's most valuable real estate. I've never been especially pleased with any of the designs for this project, but this is, far and away, the worst yet. Why?
  7. Wow! Sixty stories tall for the W? That's really quite something. Is thing going in next to the Renaissance?
  8. Welcome to Washington! We need some life around here.... I look forward to your participation in the DC/Baltimore forums.
  9. Curious Listing on BidClerk "Demolition and new construction of a mixed-use development in Biloxi. Design plans call for the demolition of the current hotel and new construction of a 2,500 unit hotel/condominium building, 6,500 parking spaces, 100,000 square feet of casino space, five indoor and three outdoor restaurants, 100,000 square feet of retail shops, two swimming pools, a clubhouse and 175,000 square feet of meeting space. A firm construction timeline has yet to be established. No further inquires are requested at this time." The listing above would appear to fit with previous (if vague) plans for the Broadwater property. The Margaritaville project isn't nearly this large. I also do not think that the current plans for the South Beach project are of this scale either. This was listed for 4/11, but the notes say that the project will commence in February, 2009. If anyone has any idea about what this might be, please feel free to speculate.
  10. Candidate for Washington's ugliest building? The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 21st and L Streets, N.W.
  11. 22 West Condominium under construction Looking north on 21st Street
  12. The National Geographic Society on 16th Street, Washington, D.C.
  13. Wyndham Harbor Pointe A non-gaming hotel has been proposed for the site of McElroy's restaurant at the Biloxi small craft harbor. The 24 story hotel would have 400 hotel rooms and a few condos on the top two floors. There may possibly be a timeshare cmpontent, but this has not yet been confirmed. The chances for this project appear to be greater than those of the previous condominium tower proposed for the site. There may possibly be a rendering by tomorrow. If so, I will post it here. WLOX Channel 13 News
  14. I recall those plans quite well. The proposed hotel was going to be a Holiday Inn Express- certainly nothing special in any way. The prospect of losing the park appalled many residents and the plans were rejected. I'd like to see something which could make use of the existing building- or at least part of it- and address the park instead of obliterating it. There is much potential for this site, but a balance of park and public/private space should be maintained.
  15. Interesting idea. It still seems a waste, though, to tear it down.
  16. The tone of the comments at the Pilot site is alarmingly negative. While I certainly agree that the present mix of tenants at the Waterside is not working, I think that tearing it down would be a mistake. There is no doubt that a major renovation is needed. What options could work for the space? No one is going to bother going there to find another branch of I Can't Believe It's Yogurt. The meat market mix is clearly undesirable. My first thought was something along the lines of theaters or a performance space (as Ethan suggested), but this might be unnecessary with the theaters at MacArthur. Tearing it down would be foolish as well. Out-of-the-box thinking is needed here. My experience with this sort of mall is that replacing useless tourist traps with stores that seel things people might actually buy is an idea which usually works. I like the idea of turning at least part of it into a farmers' market or fish market (or both) as well. The location is too good to allow another condo box or office building to take its place. Something public needs to be in this location. More thoughts anyone?
  17. Artist's rendering of the King Edward Image courtesy of Watkins Partners/HRI/Forum Studio
  18. New Arena on I-10? The possibility of building a new arena to replace the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is being raised in earnest. The present building is over 30 years old and is being used more for conventions than for live events. Building a separate arena might make sense, but I'm not sure if building it on the interstate is the right solution. I'd still prefer to see something built which would offer synergy with the convention center. The article below mentions the specter of different hotel companies negotiating with the convention authority. Complete replacement of the existing building may indeed be needed, but planning for this is essential. The Sun Herald
  19. Bayview Casino Hotel Is it just my imagination, or is there a paucity of names for casinos on the Coast? Bayview is much too similar to the name for the Grand Casino here. Couldn't they have come up with something better? The building is ralatively tall, but the rendering does not suggest a building which would be a landmark in anything but mere height. Even there, it would pale in comparison to others on the Coast. It may seem ungrateful to some to carp about the architectural demerits of a place which will certainly add to the prosperity of the Coast as a whole. Complain, however, we must. If better buildings are not expected, they will not be built. The Sun Herald
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