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  1. Since moving to Baton Rouge in '04 I'll say that it's a place that grows on you. But here's my two cents on the new urbanism discussion. 1) the portions of BR bounded roughly by Florida to the north, Nicholson to the south, College/Lee to the East, and the river to the West are the ones that I feel can benefit the most from "smart-growth" improvements...mostly because 99% of my daily activities are confined to these areas (quite a bias lol). Perkins-Rowe is great but we need more "perkins-rowes" in this area than we do by the Dunham school. 2) pedestrian-friendly improvements are a must. I'm somewhat of a runner and I hate having too look over my shoulder while running down a street like Morning Glory, Lakeshore, or Christian street when a sidewalk or some designated pedestrian path would eliminate the whole issue. 3) residential density is there, but retail density isn't. The stretch of Perkins between City Park and the Overpass is a perfect example. There is a very active, community-oriented population in this area, but they have to drive to Government or Acadian just to find a drug store or a Blockbuster, and to Corporate just to see a new movie or run by the bank. The lack of nearby retail options is also apparent in the Brightside/Riverbend areas--though I've noticed some infill popping up next to the Circle K by Alvin Dark. Anyway, the reason I mention neighborhoods like Brightside and Hundred Oaks is because it seems the residential populations in those areas could support a lot more retail development. 4) There are connectivity issues. The section of BR defined in #1 is one of the densest parts of town and does not cover a lot of square mileage, but it feels as though the large sections of this area...LSU, Nicholson/Brightside area, Southdowns, Garden District, Government St. Corridor, are in some way or another "walled-off" from one another. I certainly have no idea how to fix this phenomenon and am not really sure if other people feel as though it's even an issue, but I though I'd mention it. 5) more to come...not trying to dog my experiences in BR because overall I've loved it, these are just a few of my observations which some of you may have already pointed out.
  2. ^ could be the ultimate dilemma faced by any rational Memphian considering such a move. Sweet night shot Dave!
  3. I'm still not sure about 52 S. Front. Awhile back CCC listed this as being in the design phase, then upgraded it to being in the 'under construction' phase, and now they have taken it off the CCC's current projects list all together....don't know if the project's still on the boards, but anyone who's driven down Front to take a look recently could tell you it definitely isn't under construction. Rardy, is this building going to front Poplar right up on the street? I'm having trouble putting the building into perspective with familiar streets.
  4. Good news for the Overpass area, which is already a pretty lively urban pocket in BR. I always though the Barber Shop that was just replaced by a golf store [Green Jacket I think] would be a nice spot for another locally-owned casual restaurant/bar. Oh well. Just to the west of this development there's a nice Italian restaurant and a Thai-type restaurant, then on the other side just down the street you've got Parrain's and Zippy's. Now that Books-A-Million has closed the doors on their space next to the old Walmart, hopefully the conversions planned for that huge chunk of property will get moving while the Perkins Hardware building is getting redeveloped too. Thanks for posting dan/richyb!
  5. Thanks for starting this thread, richyb. Downtown is really sizzlin. It seems like everytime I go downtown on a Friday evening there are a few more people, with a few more things to do, staying downtown just a little longer than the last time. Last week my girlfriend and I headed downtown after taking some of art tours they had set up in midcity. When we got downtown Live at 5 was awesome, 3rd street was lively in general, and later on that night the rooftop at Tsunami was the most crowded I'd ever seen it. It shows how long-term plans like these can pay off long-term. Shaw Center seems like the real catalyst.
  6. Yes like right around the Burbank/Lee area.
  7. Nice shot, byrde. Man, that was really a storm we got. I had to u-turn at that underpass a couple of times yesterday.
  8. Sweet shot. How will Trump look from that angle?
  9. I think without Little Rock's 42-story Metropolitan Bldg in there, the 2 skylines would be pretty equal if not Shreveport having the edge. But otherwise LR wins it.
  10. Nice find Nate, I had no idea the old Sugar Bowl was that big. Also, check this out. It's Emporis.com's official skyline ranking system. Nothing under 12 stories taken into account. Points per Building 12..19 floors = 1 point 20..29 floors = 5 points 30..39 floors = 25 points 40..49 floors = 50 points 50..59 floors = 100 points 60..69 floors = 200 points 70..79 floors = 300 points 80..89 floors = 400 points 90..99 floors = 500 points 100+ floors = 600 points Hong Kong evidently destroys the competion, coming in at #1 with a skyline score [121,931] that is over 3x higher than that of the #2 spot, held by NYC [36,347]. New Orleans makes the list at #98 with a score of 696. Here's some other city's skyline score using the Emporis formula compared to Richter scale I used last fall. Houston........3,632....10.51 Atlanta..........2,334......7.65 Dallas............2,337......7.31 Miami.............2,230......5.83 New Orleans......696......4.18 Memphis...........155......2.19 Baton Rouge......55.......1.31 Shreveport.........39.......1.001
  11. Nice job, Dan, certainly on a roll with those 3D sketches.
  12. Nice collection of bars/restaurants over there...I like how the Chelsea's sign looks when it's lit up at night
  13. Haha sometimes I get the feeling Towne Center and Perkins Rowe should switch places. But wouldn't it be cool if Perkins Rowe just combined w/ Towne Center on Corporate Blvd! Suppose I'm biased since Towne Centers' location is more convenient for students.
  14. Thanks for the update, richyb. Towne Center is really something, and must be a real treat for all those residents around Bocage and Tara. When the business park is finished the Corporate Blvd metamorphosis will be almost complete...any one know if Joe Muggs will follow Books-A-Million? I saw a Books-A-Million in Mississippi that also had a Joe Muggs.
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