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22 hours ago, Mountain_Junior said:

Pharrell Williams won’t bring back Something in the Water festival

By STACY PARKER
THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
OCT 05, 2021 AT 5:49 PM

https://www.pilotonline.com/government/local/vp-nw-pharrell-letter-1005-20211005-g3sajmxkrjeulodz4y4xxzs2fm-story.html

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The city’s leadership learned last week that Pharrell Williams will not bring back the highly successful Something in the Water Festival to Virginia Beach in 2022, and begged him in a letter to reconsider.
A few days later, the music superstar, who lived as a child in the city’s Seatack neighborhood, sent a letter back to the city manager, explaining his disappointment with Virginia Beach. Williams wrote that he wished the city had taken a more proactive stance after his cousin Donovon Lynch was shot by a police officer in the resort area last March.
Virginia Beach, Williams wrote, has been “run by - and with toxic energy.”
“I sang about a room without a roof, but I am tired of kindly and politely being shown the door,” he wrote.


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I would like to see Norfolk jump in and host SITW! Festevents and Norfolk have plenty of experience holding large events and would be a great location for SITW.  

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A few years before SITW, I wondered could downtown Norfolk ever handle a SXSW-type of festival. I figured you could block off parts of Granby all the way to Town Point Park. This was before the Neon District opened, so incorporating SITW into that area didn't cross my mind. But now I think it works, esp. if you work with students from NSU, ODU, and TCC. Honestly, you could probably do events on the Neon side, along with Town Point and even Harbor Park. Spread it throughout downtown.

Plus, light rail. Don't have to worry about shuttling people on school buses.

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That would be nice we need to be mentioned in the news again for recognition not just for Norfolk but for the whole area.....Ever since Harbor fest has been on hold the area has not been on national news except for that one time we were criticized for the St. Paul's development but thats a whole nother story.

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Pharrell spoke at NSU this evening about his vision for the region, and his efforts to help take things to the next level. He also spoke to Michael Strahan from Good Morning America about his new Yellowhab school in Norfolk. Say what you will, but I appreciate the efforts he's making to help make The 757 a better place.

This was from a Facebook friend in attendance:

Pharrell wants to be part of the team that redevelops Military Circle that would include an arena. It was just mentioned on stage that we don't have major league sports. And Pharrell said, "we're working on that." That's big news because until now we never had anyone with the money and clout to make it happen. Pharrell can.

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“Four markets had no office construction in late December: the Hampton Roads region in Virginia, Long Island in New York, North San Francisco Bay and Westchester County, New York.”
 

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2022/02/03/new-office-development-suburban.html?ana=TRUEANTHEMFB_OR&csrc=6398&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR37xjSKzCyoS2Aqlps9RTYYulXGA_CwbwcG1VvpG4X3qI9VuiIGhCM_HcA

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The metro pop went up slightly, but VB and NFK both were estimated to lose a couple thousand people. Not sure how excited I can get about slow growth out in the open fields of Chesapeake. We need more than just people relocating for the navy and to start a family. We need people to move here after college to find opportunity if we are ever to gain the additional 200K it would take to put us over that 2M+ benchmark. I think there’s a lot of people over the past that may have chosen to stay or relocate in 757 if it simply was a more desirable and happening place to live. No matter how much I or anyone else adores Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the data is telling us that our 2 largest cities have for the moment stalled and could be on the verge of population decline because really if we are at basically zero growth, there has to be some sort of catalyst to suddenly gain momentum, and at the moment there’s really nothing in sight and honestly more headwinds than tailwinds in the trajectory of our growth rate, at least population wise. 

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On 3/29/2022 at 8:59 AM, varider said:

The metro pop went up slightly, but VB and NFK both were estimated to lose a couple thousand people. Not sure how excited I can get about slow growth out in the open fields of Chesapeake. We need more than just people relocating for the navy and to start a family. We need people to move here after college to find opportunity if we are ever to gain the additional 200K it would take to put us over that 2M+ benchmark. I think there’s a lot of people over the past that may have chosen to stay or relocate in 757 if it simply was a more desirable and happening place to live. No matter how much I or anyone else adores Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the data is telling us that our 2 largest cities have for the moment stalled and could be on the verge of population decline because really if we are at basically zero growth, there has to be some sort of catalyst to suddenly gain momentum, and at the moment there’s really nothing in sight and honestly more headwinds than tailwinds in the trajectory of our growth rate, at least population wise. 

Well honestly the cities are not doing much to advertise to bigger developers to attract anything worthwhile. Every population boom begins more or less with some type of project boom. That would be perfect for Downtown Norfolk or Town Centre but both seem to take a more speedy and fast approach at filling in undeveloped land with small to worthless projects. Although its not bad and we may be able to power through our current ordeal Im just putting it out there that the Cities both dug themselves deeper with disagreements and under advertising to big companies.  

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https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia/virginia-transit-systems-get-232m-investment/

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced the largest-ever investment, $232,426,060 for Virginia transit. It was part of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act.

Out of the $232 million, $280,270,139 will be given to the D.C. metro area, which includes Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. The funding will then be divided across agencies and localities.

 

The numbers don't add up, but we really get screwed down here when it comes to resource allocation. Having NOVA in the state is both a gift and a curse. 

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1 hour ago, varider said:

https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia/virginia-transit-systems-get-232m-investment/

The numbers don't add up, but we really get screwed down here when it comes to resource allocation. Having NOVA in the state is both a gift and a curse. 

https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?id=2F94D8C6-9934-41D7-9B8C-FC8FA4966358

 

 In addition to the $232 million guaranteed for Virginia, the Commonwealth is expected to receive a portion of the $280,270,139 in funding designated to the D.C. Metro Area, which includes Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. This funding will be divided across transit agencies and localities within the area.

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On 10/12/2020 at 4:26 PM, BFG said:

The HR Chamber is holding a "megaregion" (757-804) conference tomorrow, with a virtual component available.  I'm gonna check out as much as I can, to see what the people behind this are thinking.

https://web.hamptonroadschamber.com/events/Convergence2020-403/details

Nothing moving on this front rn,  but it is interesting to note that the HR and Richmond forums recently both arrived at a ".1" marker--namely, at a 69.1K and 58.1K post count, respectively.  However, fast forward a few short weeks, and Richmond is now at ".8" ...with HR trailing at ".2"...or more precisely, 58.8K and 69.2K posts, respectively.  If this long-standing trend continues, the HR forum is destined to play second fiddle here in USA South>Virginia, and in fairly short order. 

Well, from a VB native to our venerable UP friends up in Richmond, I say "kudos!"

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40 minutes ago, baobabs727 said:

Nothing moving on this front rn,  but it is interesting to note that the HR and Richmond forums recently both arrived at a ".1" marker--namely, at a 69.1K and 58.1K post count, respectively.  However, fast forward a few short weeks, and Richmond is now at ".8" ...with HR trailing at ".2"...or more precisely, 58.8K and 69.2K posts, respectively.  If this long-standing trend continues, the HR forum is destined to play second fiddle here in USA South>Virginia, and in fairly short order. 

Well, from a VB native to our venerable UP friends up in Richmond, I say "kudos!"

Richmond has been killing it lately. They have at least 3x as many projects to keep up with. I’m jealous to say the least. 

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On 9/22/2022 at 6:30 PM, varider said:

Richmond has been killing it lately. They have at least 3x as many projects to keep up with. I’m jealous to say the least. 

Not only do they have more developments to talk about, they have more reliable, consistent and prolific members. For instance, I've been tracking the weekends for years,  and we literally average about one half of one post--total-- on the weekends. How strange.  Looks like our people only post to distract themselves from their work. But Richmond, heh, they just  keep on posting 24/7/365. 

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