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    Exploring abandonments, photography, urban planning and design, history, white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking.

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  1. Lee Plaza is one of those iconic abandonments of Detroit, Michigan that stands out as a prime example of what went wrong with the city in the latter half of the 20th century, and is a pillar of potential along West Grand Boulevard. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lee Plaza is an excellent representation of Art Deco from the 1920s and was at one point, a luxurious apartment complex that offered hotel amenities to its wealthy residents. On a bitterly cold day several years ago, I trekked down West Grand to pay a visit to Lee Plaza, and to capture at least some of the bea
  2. Yay! Nothing like... pollution. Easily recognizable... at least in Detroit.
  3. Some recent images... some taken tonight. Centrepointe Centrepointe is a $250 million, 823,000 sq. ft. 35-story high-rise tower under construction in downtown. November 15, 2008 Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building The Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building, or BPCB, is a five-story building at the University of Kentucky along South Limestone adjacent to the Biomedical Biological Science Research Building. The $79.9 million building will allow the College of Pharmacy to relocate, and when completed in December 2009, it will be the largest academic building in Ke
  4. Centrepointe becomes more classical, taller Authored by Sherman Cahal at UrbanUp on November 12, 2008 Centrepointe grew up. Literally. In what the Webb Companies has called the "final design," Centrepointe has added a distinctive peak and spire into the mix, replacing a flat roof. In addition, the podium has been reduced to three floors to accommodate taller heights for hotel functions, classical columns were added to the entrance along Main Street, and an elevated pedway that was to cross South Limestone Street to the Phoenix parking garage has been buried. The amount of condominiums h
  5. It was originally Festival Market. Here is my article on it -- The Triangle Center is primarily an office complex with several restaurants and a coffee shop in downtown Lexington. Originally envisioned as a shopping and dining complex bound by Broadway, East Main and South Mill Streets, it was constructed by the Webb Cos. It was to compliment adjacent Victorian Square which had opened only one year prior.[1] It was first announced on October 1, 1984 by the Webb Cos. as a 'festival marketplace' with boutiques, shops, and food kiosks.[2] The Festival Marketplace, was it was first named, wa
  6. ^ Yeah they do... Links provided go to the building or district at UrbanUp. 1. National City Bank taken from the Lexington Downtown Corporation roof. 2. Main and Rose Lofts, taken from the roof of the Lexington Downtown Corporation. I will gather more photos in the evening that will better represent the width of the structure. This was originally planned for seven stories but was constructed as four -- but it's enormous size is still a tremendous asset. Crews have completed most of the work on the building -- including the city's first "back in" parking spaces. I assume
  7. You can find my newest downtown photos at my web-site, UrbanUp, here. 1. Central Business District, looking west towards Lexington Financial Center. 2. A view of the northern Lexington region. The street running northeast is Limestone and has seen an uptick in building restorations and investments. 3. Looking towards the Vine Street corridor, which consists primarily of newer office structures. This was formerly the Chesapeake and Ohio rail line, which were removed in the late 1960s. Hundreds of structures that would have been adaptable to lofts today were demolished, and
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    Museum Plaza

    Construction to begin on skyscraper that will dominate skyline By Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press Writer, October 24, 2007 Groundbreaking for the flamboyant 62-story Museum Plaza skyscraper will be held tomorrow. Forget the typical ceremony where dignitaries dig up bits of soil: this one will feature a 20-foot-long, 400-pound shovel hanging from a 200-foot crane that will drop into a pile of dirt. The $490 million, 700+-foot skyscraper will dominate the city's skyline, and feature a trio of towers and glass elevators operating at an angle that will shuttle people to a 25th-floor lobby
  9. Community explores extensive downtown redevelopment opportunity Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, October 22, 2007 The Board of the Downtown Development Authority will hear a presentation today about plans to develop a tax increment financing district -- a tool that allows cities to redevelop extensive areas that have deteriorated. Harold Tate, President and Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority, said he has been working with Lexington Center and city officials as to the feasibility and appropriate boundaries of such a district. A
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    Museum Plaza

    Museum Plaza to start with flair By Marcus Green, The Courier-Journal, October 21, 2007 Thursday is the day, when developers of the Museum Plaza skyscraper will break ground on the 703-feet 62-story tower. The first 500 attending will receive free barbecue and commemorative hard hats. A helicopter hovering 703 feet above the street will beam live footage to screens on the ground, offering a glimpse of views from a height equivalent to the skyscraper's top floor. The University of Louisville
  11. W. Main to get more housing: Pub also planned on same block By Sheldon S. Shafer, The Courier-Journal, October 21, 2007 Two buildings at the northeast corner of Second and Main streets (131 and 127 W. Main) will be renovated into 32 condominiums and apartments, while a third building immediately to their east will be converted to a pub and restaurant (123 W. Main). 119-101 W. Main is the planned site of Iron Quarter, which investor Todd Blue wants to redevelop into a vibrant office and retail development; the new Arena is only a short walk across the street from the proposed development.
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    Museum Plaza

    Electrical towers will vanish: Change will aid Museum Plaza By Marcus Green, The Courier-Journal, October 6, 2007 The trademark pair of electrical towers to the west of the Muhammad Ali Center will soon be removed. The two steel towers will be demolished and moved underground under a $16 million plan approved by Louisville Gas & Electric and the developers of the Museum Plaza skyscraper, which will be located adjacent to the electrical tower and Ali site. LG&E and Museum Plaza will split the cost to move the towers' function to an underground unit just south of the terminal towe
  13. The Ohio River Bridges Project, consisting of the new Interstate 265 East End Bridge, the southbound Interstate 65 Bridge, and the redesigned Kennedy Interchange, will now cost $4.1 billion. Tolling is now being seriously considered an option, as a way to speed up construction. Construction could begin next year under a tolling plan. Downtown Bridge (updated Funding) East End Bridge (updated Funding)
  14. Personal comment: Where does Phillips expect students to live? With the university not able to afford additional housing projects or replace aging structures, the private sector must play catch-up. The 2050 Plan for the University calls for a lot of student housing, clustered around the Kirwan-Blanding complex, out by Commonwealth Stadium and along Scott Street, and replacements of many housing structures, but there is no funding for these projects. These same people clamour that students are overtaking suburban apartment complexes, trashing them and then clogging traffic commuting in to th
  15. Kentucky Theater to get new life By Sheldon S. Shafer, The Courier-Journal, September 24, 2007 Ed Lewis and George Stinson have owned the Kentucky Theater on Fourth Street for 15 years but admit it is time for change. They are converting the 1920s-era building that was once a movie theater into the Marketplace at Theater Square, and have lined up six tenants and have leased out all 12,000 sq. ft. of space available. The first three shops should open by Thanksgiving and the other three, which include a gourmet grocery store and deli, should open by early 2008. Many businesses have been l
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