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Old 09-26-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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I like the houses there. Doesn't look like a city you would find in the south. From the first half of the pictures I thought it was either Newark or Hartford.
There's only like one or two suburban sprawlsvile neighborhoods in the city. Mainly mid-rise apartment buildings, those row homes, or single family houses very very close together.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:01 AM
 
Location: alive in the superunknown
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Very nice city, it is nice to see a southern city that is not full of subdivision sprawl.
That's next door in Va Beach and Chesapeake. But that's because they are counties that became cities in the 60's. Hampton Roads is a unique place in how the cities are situated next to each other. You have a metro approaching 2 million but no real populous metro counties. None over 100,000 at least, it's all city. Norfolk is the gem at the core of the entire metro. Even in this recession the city seems to still be in a building boom downtown.

And not to start a N vs S argument, not by any means saying this area or VA in general is northern but this area has more in common geographically wise with Baltimore being on the Ches. Bay, and some other northern cities being a major port city, and not just for the Navy. It's interesting to note that there is not another metro of a milion on the coast until Jacksonville and even that is not right on the water. Also being very industrial and historic gives it something else in common with the NE. The place is like a hybrid city, more mid-atlantic on the southern side in my opinion.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:57 AM
 
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What's that have to do with this?

Don't pay attention to him, he is one of about 4 notorious South haters full of bitterness

Norfolk looks great! I love that park on the Chesapeake (not sure what # picture it was). The downtown looks pretty clean as well. I would like to make another visit to the area soon and check out more than VA Beach like the last time I was up in the area
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:00 AM
 
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I like the houses there. Doesn't look like a city you would find in the south. From the first half of the pictures I thought it was either Newark or Hartford.

You should visit the South sometime. There are many vibrant city areas with nice architecture down here (Norfolk included). It might actually change your mind about the South (maybe not though)
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Missouri, USA
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Rep points for those pics . Very beautiful looking place indeed. Although I have never been there, it certainly is on my places to someday go list.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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Don't pay attention to him, he is one of about 4 notorious South haters full of bitterness

Norfolk looks great! I love that park on the Chesapeake (not sure what # picture it was). The downtown looks pretty clean as well. I would like to make another visit to the area soon and check out more than VA Beach like the last time I was up in the area
Yeah, the city finally got it's head out its you know what a few years ago and invested in street sweepers, ambassadors, trash cans, planters, etc. just like every other real city has.. That cleaned it up quite a bit.

And that park is actually on the elizabeth river and the cool thing about it is they have a trail you can walk and if you read the little signs you learn a lot about the history of our country. Like one says "the USS monitor crossed this point 300 years ago heading for the chesapeake bay where it was eventually in the infamous monitor-merrimak battle." IDK i just think that's cool.

Also since the port is like # 2 or 3 in the east coast you always see superships, cruise ships, aircraft carriers riding right past downtown.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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That's next door in Va Beach and Chesapeake. But that's because they are counties that became cities in the 60's. Hampton Roads is a unique place in how the cities are situated next to each other. You have a metro approaching 2 million but no real populous metro counties. None over 100,000 at least, it's all city. Norfolk is the gem at the core of the entire metro. Even in this recession the city seems to still be in a building boom downtown.

And not to start a N vs S argument, not by any means saying this area or VA in general is northern but this area has more in common geographically wise with Baltimore being on the Ches. Bay, and some other northern cities being a major port city, and not just for the Navy. It's interesting to note that there is not another metro of a milion on the coast until Jacksonville and even that is not right on the water. Also being very industrial and historic gives it something else in common with the NE. The place is like a hybrid city, more mid-atlantic on the southern side in my opinion.
Yeah Hampton Roads is pretty wild.. I can't get over the fact you can be driving down 64 and go through Chesapeake, Va Beach, back into Norfolk in like 3 minutes. Even though it's a collection of medium size cities I love it. Norfolk can feel like Baltimore at some times.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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You should visit the South sometime. There are many vibrant city areas with nice architecture down here (Norfolk included). It might actually change your mind about the South (maybe not though)

I've been all over the south.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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Nice photos.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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From Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood



Very old picture of Norfolk. Missing three 15-26 story buildings.


Harbor Park, Home to the Norfolk Tides, AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk12/baseballgrayson/281661.jpg (broken link)
Wells Fargo complex under construction:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk12/baseballgrayson/Southwest-Rendering-Final-AW_200-1.jpg (broken link)

A couple pictures from Norfolk's metro.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk12/baseballgrayson/vbch.jpg (broken link)

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk12/baseballgrayson/ttcaerial0507b-1.jpg (broken link)



http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk12/baseballgrayson/HR.jpg (broken link)
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