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vaceltic last won the day on July 16 2011

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  1. All I know is that when I played SimCity as a kid, plopping a casino down in a residential area meant high crime and lower property values #WillWrightFacts lol
  2. Well it definitely won’t happen if the zoning doesn’t allow it. Wasn’t that the whole point of the neighborhood stink?
  3. Not sure. One strategy to address fears of massive differences in building heights and scales is to have stepped building heights. Don’t really know why this approach wasn’t taken with the zoning - there’s not much in Newtowne to stop that. having a potential wall of 20-story buildings on north side broad with 3-4 story buildings on southside broad side seems pretty weird to me. The zoning denial just means developers can’t develop the height “by right”. They can still apply for a special use permit if they desire a higher building in than zoning allows - granted, it goes through the public process and approvals that adjoining interests seem to not want.
  4. This could’ve been avoided if the pulse plan and zoning matched up in building heights at the onset and densities/heights were stepped back from broad street (ie higher up tot he 20-stories as your go north into the industrial area where no one lives). seems like planning grossly misplayed their hand here.
  5. Is that what those gazebos were used for in Monroe and Chimborazo? Trying to picture these kiosks...
  6. Agreed. Nothing flashy needs to go there. The last coliseum is proof that flashy projects don't result in the intended outcomes. Restore the neighborhood that was lost there when they tore everything down to build the original coliseum. More residences means more foot traffic needed to restore the Broad Street retail corridor to its former glory. 100% tax revenues back to the general fund. This isn't that difficult.
  7. Win-win for me. Richmond taxpayer who didn’t want to pay for the Navy Hill boondoggle. Now I’ll get to go to concerts in an Arena that Henrico can pay for. I guess they can afford the risk. Richmond could not afford it nor the diversion of other downtown tax revenues over its life-cycle. We’ll see how this really plays out for Henrico. The overlapping correlation of NH and this proposal is the land being designated an “Opportunity Zone”. This concept, while aspirational, is deeply flawed. Many OZ developments end up just being a tax-break haven land grab by developers that don’t produce their intended purpose. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/jeffsteele/2019/08/30/opportunity-zones-separating-wisdom-from-folly/amp/
  8. Can't wait to experience the food hall. There is a current one for Hatch you can check out off Jeff Davis Highway. The $19M price tag for the other development includes ownership of the 103-unit PortRVA building.
  9. This is a game changing development!
  10. A stunningly quick reversal by the very same people who said the business community wouldn’t play ball in Richmond and nothing could happen there without the arena... Was the public safety building still being occupied by City staff? If so, the next domino will be a new building somewhere, hopefully that consolidates with social services as well, opening up the adjacent block for redevelopment.
  11. Picture of the Kitchen at Reynolds development taking shape.
  12. Some interesting opinion pieces out there about rethinking city development in light of the pandemic. More modular construction, closing auto-focused streets for more pedestrian traffic, and decentralization of essential services. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-04-22/coronavirus-pandemics-architecture-urban-design%3f_amp=true https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e9eb1e5c5b63c5b587419a3 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/story/pandemic-opportunity-remake-cities/amp https://www.citylab.com/design/2020/03/coronavirus-urban-planning-global-cities-infectious-disease/607603/
  13. This is an interesting 100-year history on various failed plans to create a Richmond government/civic campus in downtown. https://theshockoeexaminer.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-season-of-big-ideas.html?m=1
  14. I think Brent is wondering about the development at Semmes and Cowardin. It’s bigger than this one.
  15. Cutting and closing..which means less tax revenue for the city to collect to pay for...you know...big shiny things. Ive also heard about the May 30 date, but with the president finally admitting what’s upon us, he mentioned distancing could last through the summer. i doubt the demo date holds.
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