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About mclawsdrive

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  1. mclawsdrive

    Roanoke development

    New $20 million (+/-) plan for Center in the Square unveiled yesterday. Building would not expand beyond it's current footprint, but would expand exhibit space by shuffling some things around a bit. The historic facade of the building would be restored. story
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    Roanoke development

    Good call, VaGuy. I'd like to see it in either the Elliston Area or maybe Franklin County near the proposed I73. Although closer to Martinsville would certainly help the economy there.
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    Roanoke Off-Topic

    Live Search Maps now has Bird's Eye views of the entire city of Roanoke and many nearby areas. Go to this link and zoom in on an area of interest . Then click on Bird's eye. live search - roanoke
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    Virginia Coffee House

    Hillary will be at my alma mater, Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Sunday and then Obama will be somewhere in Roanoke Monday (probably the Roanoke Civic Center). I've also heard about a Clinton appearance in Manassas and Richmond, and an Obama rally in VA Beach. I'm sure both candidates will be appearing at least once in Hampton Roads. I wouldn't be suprised if both of them made at least 7 appearances each in VA over the next 3 days.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    Burt, I sincerely hope that you will continue posting here as much as possible. You are extremely prolific in both the quantity and quality of news, insight and discussion you bring to Urban Planet. Some recent news: My father and I recently had lunch with Chip Jones, who worked with my father for years at the Roanoke Times. Chip left the Times Dispatch a few months ago and is now editor-in-chief of new media at the Bergman Group. He is also writing what will surely be a fascinating book about Iraq, based largely on the months he spent there with U.S military and Sunni sheiks. Be sure to check out "Red, White or Yellow? The military and media at war in Iraq", due out in September by Stackpole books.
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    Proposed: Echo Harbour

    I heard that the Moonies control a large percentage of the supply of American sushi. Oh, well, I still eat it.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    The Camel was a mixed bag. It
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    This wouldn't be funny if it was anyone else. Maybe you could sell them for a slight discount at work or on craiglist. I'm sure plenty of people would be interested in some gift cards at 10% less than face value.
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    Richmond off-topic postings

    Chesterfield still doesn't have its GIS online. In the county's defense, they got on GIS, like many large localities, before many smaller counties and cities did. That meant that they had a whole lot of money and effort invested before it was practical to have an online GIS. Smaller localities found it easier to start from scratch with a GIS that would be available on the internet. Also in Chesterfield, there are still server and security issues being worked out. On a completely different topic, I went to Delux Saturday night and it was unpleasantly slammed at midnight. While waiting in line for the bathroom, a girl (probably from the West End, ) told her friend over her cell phone that she was at Delux in Carytown. When did Carytown annex eastward 5 blocks?
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    Richmond Events

    Quick update on my gig tomorrow night. My Richmond based band, Secret Sound Machine is playing an ALL AGES (Joey, cough cough) show Saturday night at 9:00 pm at the Camel (1621 W Broad Street, Richmond 23220). Located just 2 blocks west of the Siegel Center. Parking is available along Broad and side streets and also in the Lowes Parking lot directly across Broad street. We will start at 9:00 pm and play until close to 1:00 am. The camel opens their doors at 6:00 pm and offers dinner for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. They offer a wide variety of beers starting $2.50. A variety of Red and White Wines are also available. The venue has two sections with an area near the stage and another more intimate lounge area with couches. Cover charge is $6. Hope to see you there.
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    Centennial Tower

    The larger the footprint for the garage, the more spaces you can get as a ratio of square footage. For example, the new Carilion Clinic parking garage in Roanoke will have 1500 spaces in a 450,000 sf building. It pushes the density to 3.33 spaces per 1k sqfeet. This is because the floors are larger, so a higher ratio of each floor is dedicated to parking instead of ramps. Each floor of the Carilion Clinic garage is 64,000 ft including ramps. My point is that garages with bigger footprints are more economical, and thats what Centenial's developers should be aiming for, if possible. BTW - What is the largest parking garage in the Richmond area?
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    Richmond Events

    Keyboard is my main instrument, although I'm reasonably proficient on guitar and can do the standard blues leads on harmonica. One day, Burt, you'll actually be in town when we perform.
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    Richmond Events

    The Camel is at 1621 W Broad Steet - near Lombardy. Here's the website: http://www.thecamel.org/ My band, Secret Sound Machine is playing there this Saturday night at 9:00, so please come out.
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    Roanoke Daily News Briefs

    Roanoke's murder rate lowest in at least 4 decades! Only 4 homicides in 2007. Just thought Richmond shouldn't get all the glory for their total of 55. Roanoke would have to have over 25 murders to have the same 'low' rate Richmonders are celebrating. So how bad is violent crime in Roanoke? Not bad at all, I'd say. story One thing to ponder, the total doesn't reflect death by cop. I'm pretty sure 3 people were killed this year by Roanoke city police.
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    Short Pump Developments

    I agree. Joey has mentioned before how bad traffic is going to be on Broad Street compared to how horrible it already is. In all reality, its probably already too late to fix the roads to handle all the growth. Widening Broad will become more and more expensive because of the value of the land and buildings that would need to be condemned for widening. The road design is not efficient because the vast majority of vehicles must get on Broad to get around in Short Pump. Broad will become so choked between 288 and 64 that many people will start shopping somewhere else. This will cause some businesses to close and eventually, a tolerable level of congestion will be achieved. And while I don't think entire developments (such as West Broad Village) will be boarded up in 20 years, I don't think Short Pump will be the hotspot it is now. Not unless an incredible amount of infrastructural improvement is invested in that area, including parking garages, road widening and perhaps some sort of viable mass transit.