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I saw this picture taken by Wavy 10's Chopper very recently and I am happy to see how much Norfolk has rebounded since the 50s like this. I see that massive patch of grass in this photo near the court house and it always makes me mad at it. I hate that patch. Overall nice picture by wavy 10 news. 

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I think I realize what bugs me about our downtown: the inconsistency of building heights. You have your cluster of taller (by Hampton Roads standards) buildings along Waterside Drive. Basically the "new downtown" that went up in the last 50 or so years. Then between Plume and Brambleton, it's a sea of low-rise buildings, and then the Wells Fargo tower that sticks out like a sore thumb. I won't say MacArthur is a waste of space, but that picture makes me wish we could go back 30 years and develop that land into a mixed-use development.

A few towers on the MacArthur site could break up the low density, but downtown looks odd from that angle.

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1 hour ago, BFG said:

I think I realize what bugs me about our downtown: the inconsistency of building heights. You have your cluster of taller (by Hampton Roads standards) buildings along Waterside Drive. Basically the "new downtown" that went up in the last 50 or so years. Then between Plume and Brambleton, it's a sea of low-rise buildings, and then the Wells Fargo tower that sticks out like a sore thumb. I won't say MacArthur is a waste of space, but that picture makes me wish we could go back 30 years and develop that land into a mixed-use development.

A few towers on the MacArthur site could break up the low density, but downtown looks odd from that angle.

It looks incomplete. While MacArthur wasent bad back then when it was good business, Id say its now a eye sore for such a low rise to be in our Downtown District. It was good until the fall of brick and mortar malls. I hope they go with plan three and demolish the mall and reconnect Norfolk's  Street Grid like it was back in the 40s .  Wells Fargo tower on the other hand is great imo. It shows that Towers could be built all the way away from water side. But im not kidding when I say the the Failed granby tower site better go. I hate it with all my heart, mind, and soul. I heard people want to "Protect it" as if its some type of historic site. Its litterly useless not only to Downtown but also wasting good high-rise development spots

I also just noticed how much of Neon district is just parking spots....That makes me sad.

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13 hours ago, mintscraft56 said:

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I saw this picture taken by Wavy 10's Chopper very recently and I am happy to see how much Norfolk has rebounded since the 50s like this. I see that massive patch of grass in this photo near the court house and it always makes me mad at it. I hate that patch. Overall nice picture by wavy 10 news. 

I'd love to see that patch developed or turned into a park. But that lot is owned by the federal government and I doubt anything happens with it as long as the courthouse is there.

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11 hours ago, mintscraft56 said:

It looks incomplete. While MacArthur wasent bad back then when it was good business, Id say its now a eye sore for such a low rise to be in our Downtown District. It was good until the fall of brick and mortar malls. I hope they go with plan three and demolish the mall and reconnect Norfolk's  Street Grid like it was back in the 40s .  Wells Fargo tower on the other hand is great imo. It shows that Towers could be built all the way away from water side. But im not kidding when I say the the Failed granby tower site better go. I hate it with all my heart, mind, and soul. I heard people want to "Protect it" as if its some type of historic site. Its litterly useless not only to Downtown but also wasting good high-rise development spots

I also just noticed how much of Neon district is just parking spots....That makes me sad.

I think the future of high rises for Norfolk is Fort Norfolk.  Somewhere I saw a news story about adding another 20 + story building next to River Tower.  The idea is to add new towers to the Waterfront from Fort Norfolk to Harbor Park.  

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14 hours ago, mintscraft56 said:

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I saw this picture taken by Wavy 10's Chopper very recently and I am happy to see how much Norfolk has rebounded since the 50s like this. I see that massive patch of grass in this photo near the court house and it always makes me mad at it. I hate that patch. Overall nice picture by wavy 10 news. 

Imagine this shot with Granby Tower, Gateway Tower and a snyder lot tower.

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On 10/20/2021 at 9:04 AM, BeagleAccountant said:

I'd love to see that patch developed or turned into a park. But that lot is owned by the federal government and I doubt anything happens with it as long as the courthouse is there.

I dont understand why the fed need a patch of field. I certainly dont see them using it for their recess play time between each case.  

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This is just some dreaming of what could happen, but what the city should do is offer a land swap. The Feds should get the whole site that the Education Admissions Building in on, knock down the building and redevelop the site to match present day security needs for the Federal Courthouse. Then the city would get the old courthouse and Granby lot to have control over to redevelop. The old courthouse could be renovated as a base with a tower coming out of the center of the building. The Granby lot could then be sold to a developer to develop a present day version of a Granby tower (or realistically two towers cause that is freaking huge lot.) In the end, that would probably be three new towers for the city, a filling a weird looking field in downtown, and tear down a city building that should have been torn down 20 years ago.

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