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Old 08-01-2014, 06:39 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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In Atlanta, I think it was running the Connector (the juncture of I-85 and I-75) right through Midtown and Downtown. It's so obtrusive and creates a chasm between Downtown and Midtown and East and West Midtown. It even bisects the Georgia Tech campus.
There have even been proposals put forth to cover it up a la the Big Dig in Boston.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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Putting the football stadium in the burbs as opposed in the downtown area
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:22 AM
 
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Wilmington, DE's governor left national guard downtown armed for a year after the riots. Not good for business, killed the downtown.



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Old 08-01-2014, 07:25 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Putting the football stadium in the burbs as opposed in the downtown area
What stadium?
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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For downtown DC, it could've looked like this:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbWDZk-JOuo


But the city gave in to the nitwits fighting this for reasons only known to them. But they fail to realize they only succeed in holding DC back.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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For Pittsburgh it was the demolition of the lower Hill District in the late 1950s to build the Civic Arena. The Hill District was a thriving black neighborhood just east of downtown Pittsburgh, and it was the epicenter of the jazz scene in the city. George Benson, Billy Eckstine and Billy Strayhorn are just some of the prominent jazz musicians from Pittsburgh, and even Lena Horne split time between Pittsburgh and Atlanta. A lot of people don't realize just how significant Pittsburgh's jazz history is because so much of it was lost when the neighborhood was demolished.

The city decided to build the Civic Arena for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and they tore down part of a thriving neighborhood to do it, which severed the rest of the neighborhood from downtown Pittsburgh, and left it isolated on all four sides. (The north, south and east ends of the neighborhood were already defined by steep hills.) The Hill District has never recovered from it. The central business district was annihilated, and the proliferation of Section 8 housing in the rest of the neighborhood led to ghettoization and abandonment. It's one of only three neighborhoods in Pittsburgh's East End with any degree of "urban prairie" effect.

Making matters worse is that the Civic Arena turned out to be pretty useless for its intended purpose. The acoustics inside the building were terrible, so the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra abandoned it after only five years. Furthermore, it was never designed with hockey in mind, so after the NHL Penguins were founded, the ice rink and locker rooms had to be shoehorned in, which meant that the accommodations for the hockey teams were never good. By the end of the 1990s, major concert tours began bypassing Pittsburgh due to the old Civic Arena being unable to handle the increasingly complex stage setups, and last decade the Penguins threatened relocation if a new arena wasn't built. (Contrary to what any hockey fans you know will tell you, the relocation threats had nothing whatsoever to do with fan support.)

CONSOL Energy Center opened in 2010, and was built within the existing street grid nearby. The Civic Arena was demolished in 2012. There are plans for development on the site, including a few office towers, but sadly, nothing will bring back the Hill District as it existed up to the 1950s. The silver lining is that the neighborhood can be reconnected to downtown Pittsburgh again, and the Penguins are happy, and major concert tours are coming back to Pittsburgh again.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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New York like most cities mentioned so far allowed too many historic and/or beautiful buildings to be destroyed in the name of "progress". Two of them that stand out to me were the original Federal Hall, where George Washington took the oath of office as the nation's first President and also the destruction of the old Pennsylvania station (technically Midtown).

I think another bad decision was the filling in of Collect Pond in Downtown Manhattan. This pond with its surrounding hills would have made a fine downtown park, indeed there was even a proposal by Pierre Charles L'Enfant (the planner for Washington DC). Instead they allowed real estate interests to fill in the pond (badly) and instead of a nice park downtown, we had some of the worse slums in America.

Collect Pond - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Putting the football stadium in the burbs as opposed in the downtown area
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What stadium?
I second JJG question - what stadium?

Sometimes putting the stadium downtown is worse and causes more destruction then putting in the suburbs. I think it depends on each city and what the plans are.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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Not trying to complain, but if you don't have your location listed, could you mention the city you live in? At least one comment caught my interest but I was unable to discern what city was being spoken of... (mostly in reference to the stadium comment.) Denver's stadiums are right Downtown and it is AWESOME.

In Denver, I would say the biggest mistake made by city government/building owners in the downtown area was the destruction of many historic buildings and landmarks in the sixties... Such as the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Luckily, they didn't go too crazy and left some good brick bones for the resurgence they are seeing today.

I also wish downtown had a subway or sky-walk system.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:31 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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I second JJG question - what stadium?

Sometimes putting the stadium downtown is worse and causes more destruction then putting in the suburbs. I think it depends on each city and what the plans are.
A good example of that would be the current Madison Square Garden. Although beloved by most of the world and having the prestige it has, it still replaced this:

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