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Not everyone is happy with the concepts of New Urbanism in Biloxi. From the San Francisco Chronicle...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...HOG09G87KB1.DTL

The points raised are important ones. New Urbansits have usually had completely blank slates to work with. On the Coast, existing residents and property owners must be dealt with accordingly. This should ba a pivotal period to watch as individual landowners either sell out or decide to take a stand.

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^^^ that project is amazing!  It will cement Biloxi as the Vegas of the south! 

Universal Music to build $1.2 billion hotel, entertainment destination in Biloxi https://www.wlox.com/2020/10/09/universal-music-build-billion-hotel-entertainment-destination-biloxi/?fbclid=IwAR0

Miscellaneous photos of Biloxi today including the Beau Rivage Hotel the tallest building in the state at 32 stories 346 feet tall.  US 90 bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina rebuilt t

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This should ba a pivotal period to watch as individual landowners either sell out or decide to take a stand.

This could be the difference between the same old Biloxi with some great new developments, or a whole new resort city almost completely for tourists, at least it seems that way.

What do you think Biloxi is going to look like in ten years, Tom?

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In ten years, I think Biloxi will be a completely different place. It will probably be very attractive, but it won't have the flavor or sense of place which used to exist there. I think that most of the waterfront property is going to be gobbled up by developers and the result will be many high rises. I do think that the precepts of New Urbanism will take hold in some parts of the cost- possibly even in parts of Biloxi itself. Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis will likely become hyper-expensive places with many more golf courses and very exclusive resorts to go with them. If these cities closely follow the guidelines set before tham, there may be a bright and shining future glittering just over the horizon. If good planning is ignored, sprawl and architrash will rule the day and we will be a poorer nation for having allowed it to happen.

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In ten years, I think Biloxi will be a completely different place. It will probably be very attractive, but it won't have the flavor or sense of place which used to exist there.

That is what I was thinking. It will be a real shame if the city loses it's flavor to pure tourism development.

Hopefully that aspect of the city's future will pan out differently

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From the Sun Herald....

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/13434159.htm

The Armed Forces Retirement Home needs repairs. Is the government inflating costs to prevent it from being rebuilt? It looks as though they might just sell the land for development instead. The displaced residents, however, have other ideas....

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Not everyone is happy with the concepts of New Urbanism in Biloxi. From the San Francisco Chronicle...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...HOG09G87KB1.DTL

The points raised are important ones. New Urbansits have usually had completely blank slates to work with. On the Coast, existing residents and property owners must be dealt with accordingly. This should ba a pivotal period to watch as individual landowners either sell out or decide to take a stand.

Unfortunately, Bradford McKee gets it wrong again. If you look at the full report - http://www.mississippirenewal.com/info/plansReports.html - the team recomended rebuilding Point Cadet as a neighborhood NOT as a golf course; there is no support for Casinos as usual - they must be integrated into a mixed use downtown; and an existing golf course has been redesigned as a mixed-use, mixed income neighborhood.

We have asked the new York Time s to correct these errors and others, but unfortunately the wire services are compounding the misinformation.

Oh, and New Urbanists have to work with existing communities all the time - we listen and incorporate what the community likes.

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Unfortunately, Bradford McKee gets it wrong again. If you look at the full report

I hope that the precepts of New Urbanism will be followed on the Coast. The question remanis as toi how much of a land-grab free-for-all it will be on the Coast. Real estate prices have been climbing steadily in recent weeks.

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Harrah's is definitely committing to Biloxi alone. They annoumced this morning that they are selling their Gulfport property to the locally owned Copa Casino. The Copa was a small, slightly dingy casino. I am not sure they will be prepared to deal with the 1000 rooms in the two Grand Casino hotels they are buying. I'll post more as it develops.

From the Sun Herald...

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13449536.htm

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The most recent article from the Sun Herald....

Essentially a repeat of information in the previous articles, except for this:

(Harrah's executive) "Sanfilippo said he recently met with the mayor and he "completely understood" his desire to plan for the future and reassess the city's strategic plans.

He said Harrah's will rebuild its Biloxi property from the ground up."

This appears to confirm that both existing buildings in Biloxi will be demolished.

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An extremely BAD idea. This proposal would allow sewer and other "infrastructure" to be improved as part of the financial requirements to build a casino, effectively reducing the amount of $$ required for hotel construction in casino projects. This proposal would open the doors to cheaper casinos without the amenities which make them attractive to tourists. The Coast needs to get well away from cheap development.

From the Clarion Ledger....

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll...S/51222009/1263

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From WLOX TV...The Imperial Palace has reopened its doors...video clip as well

http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=4278270

I couldn't tell too much about the new look, but from what I have seen on the website, the rooms are plain but still much improved. The dreadful faux-Chinese stuff in the public areas has been given the boot as well.

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An extremely BAD idea. This proposal would allow sewer and other "infrastructure" to be improved as part of the financial requirements to build a casino, effectively reducing the amount of $$ required for hotel construction in casino projects. This proposal would open the doors to cheaper casinos without the amenities which make them attractive to tourists. The Coast needs to get well away from cheap development.

That really is a bad idea. This is something that Mississippi needs to steer far away from.

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This will be an epic journey. It is the hope of those of us who were present at the first steps that when they look back, the people of the Gulf Coast will not be seen as victims of tragedy, but as a generation fortunate to have been there at the beginning of a renaissance.

Great, and very true quote. :thumbsup:

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