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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. 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.
  4. Agreed on the EIFS! The only thing worse than not renovating is renovating with cheap, characterless materials. What will this building be used for?
  5. There's a WSJ article on Ziggy's from Sunday: http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellit...s=1037645509099
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. Yet another reason for me to dislike that building (political statements withstanding)...nice photo though (the reflection of the WT is nice).
  12. There are plans to expand PTRP south of 40, but not east of 52 - which is mostly a wooded hillside/cloverleaf across from the PTRP site. It would be great if in the future the park grew to encompass both sides of both highways (52 north of E 4th St, I guess), but they should really focus on building out the immediate area first so that they can maximize the density of it.
  13. I'm not on board with this whole "HOT" thing. While I agree with the notion of sensible planning for future developement of the geographic center of the Triad, the urban focus should be on the downtowns of W-S, HP and GSO rather than trying to create an urban feel in an area whose employment base is and will likely continue to be focused on logistics which are inherently non-urban, low density, single-use programs - ie. shipping (FedEx), storage (warehouses) and manufacturing (Dell). And, the proposed Triad Tower, regardless of its mixed-use program, will do nothing (as it is currently designed) to promote an urban feel because at the end of the day, it will be an out-of-place tall tower in a sea of parking. To echo many other posters on here, it should be built "downtown."
  14. It's sort of reminiscent of The Carolina Theater and Hotel (which is now the Steven's Center) in W-S. It would make a nice residential bldg or boutique hotel.
  15. Nice photos. Who's in the Greensboro B & T Bldg?
  16. Beautiful shot. I've always liked the dichotomy between the Reynolds Building and the Wachovia Building. The Wachovia Building was long derided as the box that the Reynolds Building came in, but it's actually a timeless, good example of the International Style.
  17. I think this is a worthwhile investment for the city. If the city, county and state are willing to spend millions to get $30k-40k jobs, then $125k to foster jobs that will pay 2x the manufacturing jobs at Dell and will lure/retain young, well-educated people to the city.
  18. Civic Plaza, as it is now designed, would effectively block the view of the Reynolds Building from this perspective. This illustrates why Niemann should go with a slender tower rather than the low wall-type concept he's got now and also why he should hire a better architect.
  19. Atala might single-handedly be the guy to get PTRP to live up to its expectations.
  20. That photo is from downtown - it's part of PTRP.
  21. This is great news. I just hope Womble's able to get the backing needed to make this a reality.
  22. This is good news. Hopefully, construction will begin soon.
  23. Piedmont Music Center which has been on Main Street between downtown and Old Salem for 20 years is moving to another location downtown on Broad Street near West End Village. There's a Journal article about the downtown business: http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellit...d=1149191468489
  24. Think of it as the "World Series" of grocers...Does one team in Toronto constitute the world? Major League baseball seems to define the "world" that way. Since size seems to matter in the world of grocer enthusiasts, think of it as a means to heighten their sense of validation and swagger, if you will. I can only imagine the giddiness that would erupt if these environs were to score the world's largest WalMart or perhaps a Super "Duper" Target...
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