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BFG last won the day on November 26 2011

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  1. This is the approach that should be taken moving forward for every city, esp. when it comes to infrastructure, major jobs, or things like an arena or entertainment complex. Atlantic Park isn't going to only be used by VB residents; same for whatever arena Norfolk builds or for what goes in Summit Pointe. If we got an Amazon or Apple in Suffolk, people from all over the 757/948 would work there. We've been saying this for years. Let's see if it actually comes to fruition this time. I love that VB now has a manager who worked in other cities as an economic developer.
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    Norfolk History

    I stumbled upon a Washington Post article from 1985 that basically hypes the area’s progress during the first half of the 80s. Makes me wish I had been a little older when Norfolk underwent the revitalization in the early-80s. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/05/24/norfolk-and-the-beach/9bdb7197-5fb9-4d28-9479-2697483369d2/
  3. OKC's arena is about 580K square footage. T-Mobile in Vegas is 650K; Golden 1 Center in Sacramento is 780K. IIRC, the mall takes up about 900K SF so I think you'd have to tear down a lot more than what's being proposed here. As much as I like the proposal, I wouldn't be against mixed-use that allows for a 15-17K seat arena, hotel, and apartments. If I have a time machine, I'm going back in time 30 years and telling Mayor Fraim to make an arena part of MacArthur, and make the rest open-air shopping with a hotel. Think Short Pump or Ovation Hollywood (formerly Hollywood and Highland) in L.A. EDIT: I know the developers at the time (Taubman?) insisted on a suburban-style mall but THAT would've been the new millennium game changer for downtown back in '99! Council wanted mixed-use and should've dug in their heels IMO, even if meant finding another developer.
  4. From this angle you can see the base, which appears to be at least the shell from the Greyhound station. Plenty of space there for retail shops.
  5. I’m begging the city not to change a single thing from those renderings. That’s an awesome design, and it looks like they’re incorporating some of the original Greyhound station too.
  6. Norfolk. I’m begging you to make this one happen, preferably in the next five years. I’ve gotten my hopes up way too many times.
  7. The Virginia Film Office also mentions portions will be filmed here. I’d be willing to take their word for it, although Blaine Stewart (the “goofball” in that IG video) is an anchor for WTKR. I’d be willing to take his word for it as well.
  8. Looks like the show is back on at Scope, June 23. The band also offers its defense over what happened last week. https://www.pilotonline.com/2024/04/11/ajr-announces-new-norfolk-scope-date-after-last-minute-cancellation/
  9. ^^^For the life of me I don't understand why Norfolk stopped embracing the Mermaid City moniker. You might hear it every so often but for whatever reason it never really took off, at least compared to 15 years ago. The mermaids and NFK should be the city's identity and they shouldn't be afraid to make it a thing.
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    1500 Monticello Ave

    That’s a waste of prime real estate.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    The tall building in the background is Dominion Enterprises. I’m guessing the one in the foreground is Harbor Heights. In another couple years they’d stay on the Wells Fargo tower. What would it take to get more cranes in the ground? Even with just two buildings under construction downtown had more construction activity than it does now.
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    Norfolk Off-Topic

    I feel like a lotta that applies to HR too. Although we offer a little more with downtown Norfolk and the beaches, when I worked in news I saw several employees come to the area as a stepping stone to a Top 10 market like DC or San Francisco. I almost did the former but I’ve grown to love the area more.
  13. Someone mentioned it upthread but it looks like they will indeed shoot a bit in Hampton Roads as well. According to WTKR it’ll be shot in VB in 1977…would be hard to create a beach in RVA or ATL. https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5Y195yutGr/?igsh=MWJuc3R5bjZubjRmaQ==
  14. I follow Councilwoman McClellan on Facebook. She seemed blindsided by all this, and the reactions in the comments go back and forth between "we need a new arena" or "upgrade Scope because it should be saved" (most agree the former is more ideal, albeit pricey). When I asked her about the 2017-18 plans to gut the place and start fresh, she made it seem like they're exploring all options and to me her response implied they want to do more than what was proposed a few weeks ago, depending on the budget.
  15. Richmond’s film industry is much stronger than ours. They’ve gotten a few major projects thanks to their film office. A few years ago, I was an extra on the show “Homeland” which filmed not far from RIR so none of that surprises me.
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