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First Ward Photo Tour (Arena, Courtside, Imaginon, etc.)

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dubone    622

9th Street greenway and saussy burbank houses

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mstreet getting roof structure delivered for the 7th street building

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work is beginning on the "enhancements" to mcdowell street, where the road is converted from 2 car lanes to 1 car lane

plus bike path and street parking.

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Stained glass window at little rock ame church across from mstreet

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skyline view from 7th and Mcdowell

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"This Hole sponsored by Hunter's Affordable Bonds". As this isn't a golf course, i assume they are talking about the

"hole in the wall" shopping center where this particular bailbondsman is located. Who says there is no valuable

neighborhood retailers in first ward... we have two bailbondsmen. :)

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First Ward park... which was sold to Merryland Properties for the renwick and associated development.

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Apparently the wood for Court6 comes from great britain. curious...

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The Backcourt

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First Ward Rec Center

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I heart Court6

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Courtside construction

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Caldwell (and many other streets) are getting repaved in first ward as part of the arena and other development in the area

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The arena, and the Garden Inn in the distance

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The practice court side of the arena

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The new wind silos art under the skyline. I think that is the reason BofA funded it... it is almost always the "base"

of their HQ tower in photos...especially now that the arena will cause the area to be broadcast on ESPN, etc.

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now there is so much more to take photos of...but we've always got to have one of the bofa corporate center

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looking back at courtside

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Imaginon's clamshell theatre

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and as seen in the reflection of the window's of the nba practice courts

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the bobcat's practice court, as seen from windows on the east side of the building

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the fifth street entrance to the arena

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looking down at the slightly hidden service/staging area and equipment

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...which is hidden from pedestrian view by this wall

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...and these screens

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looking back to courtside again

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and everyone's favorite telecom building

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they are finishing up the paving on caldwell and the landscaping in the median

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The REAL reason that the "Bobcats" name and colors fit our city...

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The corner of trade and caldwell. honestly, i don't care if a building ever goes on this lot, now that trammel crowe pulled out. it will be a nice grassy plaza.

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a look down trade, and the retail spaces

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who is that doggie in the window?

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and the semi-historic retail spaces across the street

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... which were vandalized the other day

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looking up at the brevard facade of the arena

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And the arena's main entry plaza... which has loads and loads of colors. i love how it turned out in real life

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the new jumbotron

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and a peek inside

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and the view when you exit the main doors

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and the trolley going by in the reflection

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...and moving up the stairs towards the tracks

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where they are putting up the rest of the advertisements

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(please don't say people with broken bones will climb this wall to find the hospital) :)

this looks like it is part of the textile spool-inspired art... but it just wire :)

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and looking back at the transit center.

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imaginon

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looking up 5th street toward tryon

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the fifth street facade and jumbotron

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and the Windsilos. I think this will look pretty cool

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the court and courtside

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7th Street Station

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looking down 6th to Imaginon and Courtside

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Imaginon's 6th street facade

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the tracks and cyclists by Reids

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and more 7th Street station

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and as reflected off imaginon

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The Imaginon Plaza and the art.

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there were many many families with little kids walking by.

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the entrance of imaginon

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courtside, as seen through the corner of imaginon

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and as seen around the corner the imaginon

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looking back down 7th

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and north down brevard. these two blocks will be the new first ward park in the year 2070, the year i will be eligible

for social security. (note that that old warehouse was another building vandalized last week).

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looking south down brevard to the arena

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courtside from the north

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and walking back down Davidson street toward home

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Amazing pictures, thanks for posting them. It looks like a certain dog likes to be in the reflections in your pictures haha. That wouldn't happen to be a golden retriever you have is it?

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dubone    622

Amazing pictures, thanks for posting them. It looks like a certain dog likes to be in the reflections in your pictures haha. That wouldn't happen to be a golden retriever you have is it?

yes it would. it followed me around for some reason. :)

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dubone    622

Awesome stuff.

thank you.

is that your roof being delivered?

i'm a little disappointed with how the jpeg compression turned out... i decided not to wait till 400megs uploaded, but they didn't turn out as crisp that way.

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graydog    0

thank you.

is that your roof being delivered?

i'm a little disappointed with how the jpeg compression turned out... i decided not to wait till 400megs uploaded, but they didn't turn out as crisp that way.

On my screen the photos are superb so they must be incredible without the compression.

That's my neighbors' roof. We're on McDowell just north of 8th facing the backyard of the green house. Our section is supposed to be last. May is the target move-in.

I might be biased, but I think MStreet will be highly desirable and First Ward in general is going to increase in popularity. It has the greenway, Imagion, Reid's, close proximity to NODA, Midtown, Elizabeth and Central and it's just a trolley ride to South End. Plus the big downside, Piedmont Courts, is going away. The only other negative for me is the jail, but we were married there, so it's a bittersweet downside.

I'm not excited about the arena, but it is an impressive addition. I wish it was on the edge of Uptown so it wouldn't impact CBD traffic as much. I wish it wasn't paid for with tax dollars. I'm a little concerned about the dead zone that could occur there.

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dubone    622

On my screen the photos are superb so they must be incredible without the compression.

That's my neighbors' roof. We're on McDowell just north of 8th facing the backyard of the green house. Our section is supposed to be last. May is the target move-in.

I might be biased, but I think MStreet will be highly desirable and First Ward in general is going to increase in popularity. It has the greenway, Imagion, Reid's, close proximity to NODA, Midtown, Elizabeth and Central and it's just a trolley ride to South End. Plus the big downside, Piedmont Courts, is going away. The only other negative for me is the jail, but we were married there, so it's a bittersweet downside.

I'm not excited about the arena, but it is an impressive addition. I wish it was on the edge of Uptown so it wouldn't impact CBD traffic as much. I wish it wasn't paid for with tax dollars. I'm a little concerned about the dead zone that could occur there.

i agree about first ward's popularity increasing. And as furman and merryland complete the blocks north of 6th on the current first ward park, that popularity will be tapped. the neighborhood will continue to expand its borders as it is with MStreet. I just hope Levine does SOMETHING with his land in the next two years.

The highest priority block in my opinion, is the one with the red Treloar house between Imaginon and Courtside. The blocks north of it are grass and trees, so it isn't so bad if they stay undeveloped for a while. But the block across from courtside has that nasty rusty chain link fence and barbed wire. Once it is developed, first ward residents will finally have a contiguously developed route from their neighborhood to the CBD. Developing that block would also soften the fact that the lots across from the arena remain surface lots.

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dubone    622

here are some more photos around first ward and a few random shots from third ward. since they are so similar to the ones from last week, i figured i'd just reuse the thread. by the way, that is the moon visible in some of them.

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and from the other side of the skyline in third ward, around where they are building the park

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trademark's building site

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duke power's two office buildings

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Tryon Street

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