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Look at this video right now! I did not understand the depths of what this man was trying to do for our area until now. He was even flying CEOs in to look at investment opportunities in the area. He i

The expansion of Ferguson Enterprises, which is a plumbing wholesaler I believe but still a relatively huge company, got less attention than ADP but is still a big deal for the region. Probably becaus

Just got done watching the informal briefing. Was watching to see the information about City View. Bobby Dyer actually came out and railed against density and urban development. Both him and John Moss

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This has been a long time coming and probably should've been done years ago. I remember going to DC in summer 2014, and seeing a "VisitNorfolk" sign on a city bus, and wondering why we didn't have more of a collaborative effort in the tourism department.

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John Moss defending his success in stopping light rail extension to Town Center, and his facebook followers heralding it as the greatest moment of their lives, is peak Virginia Beach political dysfunction. I tried to screen shot and share it but couldn't figure it out. It's telling though, maybe there is momentum building again for an extension behind the scenes. Norfolk's studies and HRT's willingness to improve service will hopefully ruffle some feathers at the beach IMO. With or without transit, Virginia Beach will continue to densify as population grows, as will Chesafreak. Question is will it be done haphazardly as it has done in the past, or better managed with a regional transit system? 

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Wait. That was four years ago, and Norfolk decided to move on...why is he still talking about it, and why is he so obsessed with Norfolk, instead of worrying about his district?

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14 hours ago, Norfolk757Kid said:

John Moss defending his success in stopping light rail extension to Town Center, and his facebook followers heralding it as the greatest moment of their lives, is peak Virginia Beach political dysfunction. I tried to screen shot and share it but couldn't figure it out. It's telling though, maybe there is momentum building again for an extension behind the scenes. Norfolk's studies and HRT's willingness to improve service will hopefully ruffle some feathers at the beach IMO. With or without transit, Virginia Beach will continue to densify as population grows, as will Chesafreak. Question is will it be done haphazardly as it has done in the past, or better managed with a regional transit system? 

This is just another reminder that it was a good decision to leave the city I grew up in for good. I really think the biggest mistake for Virginia Beach was becoming the big city it is today. It would have made more sense for Princess Anne County to exist and have the oceanfront town of Virginia Beach and a city of Pembroke instead. Things like light rail would have been better to achieve by cutting out people that lived in the county.

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Yeah I don't even know where to begin with the Beach.  There's rampant Nimbyism all over the city except when it's in the form of massive subdivisions in flood plains. Some of the biggest anti-development noise comes out of the neighborhoods right around Town Center, because they can see it enveloping their neighborhoods and way of life. Denser development built around an interstate only feeds into induced demand as well. 

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I’m walking through Town Center and the office I visited features a 360 view of the area, including Pembroke Mall across the street. I gotta say, this part of town looks very impressive. It’s really a shame they voted down extending light rail to TC; it would’ve created a really nice urban area. 

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On 8/28/2020 at 9:26 AM, BFG said:

I’m walking through Town Center and the office I visited features a 360 view of the area, including Pembroke Mall across the street. I gotta say, this part of town looks very impressive. It’s really a shame they voted down extending light rail to TC; it would’ve created a really nice urban area. 

Great shots, the little downtown is definitely looking good. I do wish extending light rail would have happened, even if it was just connecting downtown Norfolk to downtown VB. It would also be great to see Pembroke Mall redeveloped and triple the footprint size of the town center.

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Today I stumbled across a map of Virginia Beach, which seems to be from the 40s or 50s. I’ve been very fascinated by the history of Princess Anne County, but a landmark caught my eye: Virginia Beach Sports Arena. It appears this was where the Convention Center complex currently sit, and where the new sports complex is. 

Anyone know anything about this, or was this just a proposal? 

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Interesting how Guy Tower just voted for  Sabrina Wooten and against Jim Wood for Vice Mayor.  Jim is the current Vice Mayor and has now been confirmed (8 to 3) to continue in that position. The only other votes (2) for Sabrina Wooten were cast by Sabrina Wooten, herself, and by Aaron Rouse, her sponsor/nominator. 

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Yesterday, The Price is Right offered a trip to Virginia Beach, with a stay at the Cavalier. That's the second time I've seen this trip offered in the last couple months. Great publicity for the region. 

Years ago, I remember Wheel of Fortune offered a trip to Portsmouth, with a stay at the then-new Renaissance Hotel.

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