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    FNB Tower 401 S Graham St

    Right on cue.......
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    River Tower

    Key word from that quote is "reality".
  3. ^^^^^ I think the NC building code considers a "modular" home to be the same as a stick built.
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    Virginia Beach off-topic

    Is it allowable for Casinos to operate in Virginia? I would imagine VB could boom if they were. Has there been any talk of it?
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    Ascent Uptown - 33 stories (3rd and Poplar)

    That's why sarcastic posts are supposed to be in blue font.
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    The Republic | 586' | 37-Stories | Proposed

    Love this building. It would be extremely elegant with about 20 more floors.
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    Scope Renovations

    Yeah, it's a bit harsh of a concept I agree. I think, in the case of an arena, new is better than old. A new arena (designed to pay homage to the aesthetic of Scope) could do so much more for the city than dumping money into the old one. Scope is a gem that I think needs too much polishing.
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    Scope Renovations

    Here is a concept I am playing with. It just seems to me Scope is too old, too small and too expensive to refurbish. I say get rid of it and replace it with a new modern arena. City owns the property Stays in downtown Property seems big enough to hold a large arena Catalyst for further development Design the new arena exterior to pay homage to Scope Keep underground parking to the extent possible Near a LR stop Fed Government gets a new, modern, secure courthouse Improve Chrysler Hall exterior
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    11/2017 from Google Earth. What a difference a few months make.
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    Bike Share in Norfolk?

    So has the bike share industry hit Norfolk yet? If so, which company and docked or dockless?
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    The RailYard SouthEnd

    I really wish I owned some property in South End close to the light-rail line. Love this development.
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    I'm digging the look of these buildings. Very modern yet feels like they could have been a refurbished 1910's warehouse. Love the brick. Would love to have seen the building closer to Scope 5 floors and the one further away 3. Black window frames would have been cool too. Overall I really like it.
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    What I like: The linear/contiguous park with water catchment area (pond). The small cluster of mid-rise and high-rises near MacArthur Mall (that's probably enough). The "stepping down" of density as you fan away from downtown. The gridded street pattern. Fronting Church St with retail/offices below and residential above, in 3 to 5 floor buildings. The vegetation (not sure if all new or existing) The proposed mix of dwelling type. It is OK to have single-family in an urban environment, as long as the lots are small and setbacks are minimal. Parking in rear (alley) would be good. What I would change: The Snyder lot shown with a small building. This lot should be reserved for a high-rise (when the market demands it). It's in downtown proper, along the light-rail line, near the courts and civic buildings, etc. Overall this rendering gives me hope. Seems like the city and consultants really have listened and put a lot of thought into this. I don't think they are showing anything out of the realm of probability or possibility. It seems to be a plan that is manageable and likely to happen over time. Sometimes, concept plans are crazy, pie-in-the-sky things that likely won't happen in a community. Then when it doesn't, the community feels cheated or let down, etc. This concept fits well into existing Norfolk and future Norfolk I think. Nothing shown is crazy or unrealistic. The high-rise area is small, which I think is the likely reality of this area. Church St is given some prominence with it being lined with human-scale buildings ( think of a nice stroll down Church St under the trees getting a coffee or a bite to eat).
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    Almost exactly what I noticed and was going to point out. That lot needs to remain vacant (or made into a temporary park) so that if the need arises in the future for a significant high rise (office, hotel, residential or mixed-use), it could go there. Shouldn't just plop anything there to satisfy the impulse to show it on a plan. I'm formerly a Planner and I can tell you it gets like playing SIM City. Nobody can just leave a vacant lot shown as vacant.....there must be something shown on it
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    St. Paul's Quadrant

    Thanks for the report.