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intcvlcphlga last won the day on March 17 2012

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  1. Following the Livability.com ranking for top American downtowns among the non-major cities (New York, LA, Chicago, etc), Winston-Salem is selected as the 8th best U.S. downtown among all cities by Forbes magazine. 1. Chicago 2. Portland, OR 3. Burlington, VT 4. Indianapolis 5. San Antonio 6. Savannah 7. Kansas City 8. Winston-Salem 9. Greenville, SC 10. Santa Monica http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngiuffo/2011/10/14/americas-best-downtowns/
  2. You should check out Christopher's on Brookstown Ave at the corner of Broad Street. It's arguably the best restaurant in W-S and they have a great patio that usually has live music. There are great shops along Trade from 5th to 8th.
  3. I agree that this is a great opportunity to get a developer on board who has vision. Whether or not Avant is that developer remains to be seen, but in comparison to Niemann, Avant was able to get his project, One Park Vista built in a timely manner. The key is for Avant to hire a talented architect who knows Winston-Salem and the site, but who isn't mired in superficial discussions of style in place of thoughtful architecture. Niemann's architect, Davis from Raleigh didn't demonstrate that they have much vision and understanding of creating interesting urban architecture any more than any of Winston-Salem's architects have. Hopefully, Avant will take a risk on architecture rather than play it safe and create something truly inspiring for Civic Plaza. Fingers crossed...
  4. Thanks for the pics. Good to see the progress.
  5. The Winston-Salem Symphony (along with possibly one other arts organization) is moving their offices into this building. With Piedmont Music Center across the street, this could turn into a small arts precinct for the west side of downtown.
  6. Agreed on the EIFS! The only thing worse than not renovating is renovating with cheap, characterless materials. What will this building be used for?
  7. There's a WSJ article on Ziggy's from Sunday: http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellit...s=1037645509099
  8. Thanks for posting the photos. In addition to revamping the Bailey, I hope they preserve and incorporate all of the infrastructural elements that tied all of the Reynolds' factories together - eg. the water towers, the bridges over 5th Street, etc. Also, I've always liked the building with the water tower on top - the exposed slabs with each floor comprised of glass block that wraps the corners is a really nice, minimalist industrial aesthetic that I hope they respect if they renovate it.
  9. I'm impressed by the scale of this potential project - 60 acres. If it's anchored around the Bailey Power Plant and Vine Street area, that 60 acres would likely encompass not only the former RJR factories along East 5th Street, but hopefully all of those surface parking lots as well. Given the type of developments they have done before, perhaps they will be open to restoring the creek near Bailey & Piedmont Leaf Lofts and the old railroad trestles. Is that railroad still in use? If not, it would be great to use that corridor as a linear park to connect the south end of PTRP with the north end (along the lines of the High Line in New York http://www.thehighline.org/). This area would also be a great home for the Center for Design Innovation.
  10. This sounds really promising! I'm glad they're talking about saving the Baily Power Plant - it would be terrible if they tore it down. Here's a link to the developer's website: http://www.sber.com/home.php .
  11. I'm happy that this side of downtown is getting developed.
  12. I'd never noticed the Mini-me towers on the Jefferson-Pilot parking garage...very scary (architecturally speaking)! Great aerials. Looks like downtown could use a highrise right around 2nd and Marshall.
  13. I didn't realize that but I think he is in W-S frequently. One time, a few years ago, when I was looking to buy a piano, he and his entourage randomly came into Piedmont Music Center while I was there. I'm not sure if he bought a Steinway or anything, but he seemed interested (which is slightly odd, unless he has a place in Winston).
  14. Yet another reason for me to dislike that building (political statements withstanding)...nice photo though (the reflection of the WT is nice).
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