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  1. Morning breaking over God's Acre cemetary in Old Salem
  2. A shot from the Heavy Rebel Weekender event from last weekend
  3. Why go to a 12 story building? I do not see any particular advantages in it especially in that part of the city as it will be the only tower in the neighbourhood. The four story buildings promote infill development and in this sort of development gives you far more street level retail space which will be essential for developing an entertainment complex of bars and restaurants around the ballpark. What would be preferable, walking past a frontage of 100 ft for a tower along with the parking lots surrounding it or perhaps 500-600ft of various retail shops, bars and so forth with parking tuck away behind?
  4. It will take time and a good stretch of good economic development in Winston-Salem but I think eventually, all of those infill lots downtown will be put to good use and downtown will return to something like its former glory.
  5. Hanberry's on Trade St has closed. In its place is Gotham Park Home, a furnishings and crafts store.
  6. What prespective is this? It appears to be looking northward with Queen St in the foreground.
  7. Would not hurt to have one downtown though I would prefer a Wendy's instead. Would do quite well if located near the bus terminal for people to grab and go something on their trips. It probably will not affect other businesses downtown as the people who would normally get something at McDonalds probably would not get something a lot better for a bit more money and lot more fresher. On the other hand, people may actually get breakfast there as there is a real lack of breakfast options downtown so getting a Bacon Egg Cheese biscuit will be a real choice for many people.
  8. The old Towne Jeweller's store on 4th and and Cherry is becoming Towne Markets. From a posted sign on the door, I gather that it will be like a boutique type of store where different vendors have a portion of the floor space but there will be a central cash register for all of the sales. There will a display for an artist, an antique food dealer, a speciality food dealer, an arts & crafts store and perhaps a bit more later on. It will be a nice addition but I wonder about its success as the facade of the store is not very inviting and this is the kind of store that will rely heavily on casual pedistrian traffic. You could walk right past it without knowing it existed. Let's hope that is taken in account on the renovation through the addition of a large street-level window display.
  9. Well for the Ben and Jerry's ice cream place, I did not vote for the downtown location. As much as I would want more retail downtown, these kind of places rely heavily on being a destination type of retail and given some of the barriers currently in place for viable downtown retail, it may be premature to do so for such a place downtown. As for the other locations and their viability, in a cross post on another board, I gave my views of the vote choices: Stratford Road area - heavily built up road means it will be difficult to access from the road unless within a shopping center, Thruway centre already has Baskin Robbins and on the other side of the street, Blue Ridge ice cream is there. Miller Street/Cloverdale Avenue - Mayberry's is an old standby with a decidely older clientile. Fair bit of commerical development that draws heavily on the hospital. Hanes Mall Boulevard - heavily built up with quite a few ice cream establishments (Moola's, Carvel etc...).Not much open space available except at Little Shoppes development. Downtown - no other retail draw in the area, residence levels currently low, large weekday worker population, limited street parking; may fit in with the Arts District culture but is there enough business? Southeast Gateway - new development with large resident areas around it. large education section from Salem College, NCSA, WSSU. Tourists from Old Salem and development will draw people from the YMCA. Robinhood Road/Peacehaven area - large commerical area with no known similar businesses. Residential areas abound. University Parkway/Hanes Mill Road area - somewhat off the beaten track and unlikely to draw in people from other parts of the city unless located next to the new theatre. Given all of that, my choice in the site selection would be the SouthEast gateway as there is quite a lot of business potential in the area with high foot traffic and it will gain the prestige of being located in a new upscale development.
  10. I was wondering: are there any supermarkets on the east side of Hwy 52 in the downtown area. To the best of my knowledge, there are supermarkets in the Stratford/Miller St area, Peters Creek Parkway and up on University but I do not know anything about the section of downtown on the other side of 52.
  11. Drove past the demolition site today, Nothing but rubble waiting to be taken away.
  12. I agree; Old Salem is just about right where it should be. The re-enactors provide a nice semblance of what life was like then without veering into Williamsburg-type of place. Ironically enough this makes it more real than having scores of people walking around in some sort of fossilised outdoor museum. A hotel tower in this area is the last thing it needs though having a hotel in the nearby Gateway development would work as it would also be within walking distance of the NCSA.
  13. That information about the Pepper building contradicts everything we have been hearing about it to date and I do not think it was not in that recent graphic about the new tower for the Civic Plaza development.
  14. Looking at this image more closely and lacking any more information which I have been searching for lately on this project, I am somewhat ambivalent about this design. The perspective appears to be from Fourth St looking southeast towards the Wachovia Tower. The main part of the tower appears to be mostly glass and steel which is somewhat different than the brick or stone facing most other buildings in the immediate vicinity have. It may be too bright with all of the reflective glass and metallic surfaces for the Fourth St area but is more in keeping with what is on Second St with the Wachovia and BB&T buildings. Also, the description mentions retail space at 20,000 sf. That is a fair bit of space but looking from this image persepective, the retail area does not appear to be street level but rather within the building itself which may be a mistake as the One West building tried to do something similar and failed for the most part. The gazebo like structure at the ground level of the building facing the park looks like what the Wachovia tower has at its base. If it is a viewing platform where people can congreate and relax, this may turn out to be a good thing as people tend to go to the Copening Plaza for that purpose during the daytime. The description from the architect site was : I like to see how this is accomplished to tie in all of these areas especially for the Trade St tie in as there is a big gap between Fifth St and Fourth St that needs to be upgraded to truly connect the Arts District to this area. Still, I like to see some official word before making anymore comment.
  15. I go away for a few days and all sorts of stuff happens. I must admit this is a surprise. I thought Neimann had to come back to the city with a plan which then has to be approved. Starting demolition already indicates some sort of implicit approval of the process though if it is just the park which bridges the Civic Plaza and One Vista Place then maybe the demolition is more for the One Vista Place development which is proceeding apace rather than the Civic Plaza project.
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