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Old 10-11-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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What does your cities urban core need more of? And what area in the urban core needs either of these options the most?

-Housing
-Office Space/Workers
-Park Space
-Shopping
-Restaurants
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia's core needs more Office space/jobs for sure. Too many residential buildings going up and too little Office/Commercial Buildings.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: The City
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What does your cities urban core need more of? And what area in the urban core needs either of these options the most?
For Philadelphia

-Housing - always welcome but not a huge need - some infill projects would be nice

-Office Space/Workers - Yes the business tax issues are the biggest issue facing the Philadelphia DT and ability to attract new jobs

-Park Space -Always welcome but with some recent improvements, current construction, and proposals on both waterfronts it isnt bad

-Shopping - Would love another Dept store and a better Market East (PREIT is about to spend 300 million redoing the Gallery to make it more street fronting and interacting with Market street) but on the whole is pretty good

-Restaurants - well new and diverse ones are always good but there is really no shortage today - probably the least need among these categories
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I'm writing this with the assumption that 'core' means the downtown area.

For DTLA, upscale shopping and hotels are the biggest needs. I've heard there is a shortage of hotel room in the area, particularly around South Park. There are two new hotels breaking ground in the area near LA Live in the next few months... If / when Farmer's Field is built (and subsequently the Convention Center is remodeled / revamped) there will be an even larger need for hotel rooms. As far as shopping, the only thing DTLA really has as far as large department stores is a Macy's. Urban Outfitters just signed up to lease a building on Broadway, and there are some boutiques in the Historic Core, but other than that this is an area that needs to see improvement. Not upscale, but our City Target just opened up yesterday.

Housing has been booming, so I guess it is a need, but much of that can be met through a seemingly inexhaustible supply of older industrial buildings that can be adaptively re-used. That being said there is a decent amount of residential construction that has either broken ground or is shovel-ready, probably the most of any neighborhood in the city.

LA doesn't need to be job-centralized, but it would help if DTLA had a little more pull in that regard, maybe get back to where it was pre-Westside migration in the 70s/80s.

Grand Park just opened, Pershing Square desperately needs a re-think / re-vamp, there is a new pocket park on Spring Street that just broke ground, Grand Hope Park near FIDM is a pretty nice pocket park... DTLA has a decent amount of parks but could definitely improve in that regard. One huge potential project that has a lot of people excited is the 101 freeway cap park that would connect Civic Center with El Pueblo and Union Station (not the 101 cap in Hollywood - there's two park projects). It could be tied in with the huge redevelopment of the land around Union Station, which was recently purchased by Metro.

More restaurants would be great but DTLA does pretty well in this regard, particularly along 7th Street and Spring Street.

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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For DC

-Housing and lots of it. Having height restrictions has made DC's core a major office park because of the amount of land that has to be taken up to accomodate the workforce. It really has crippled DC but it's getting better slowly. DC will need major conversion from office space to residential to ever be able to compete with other cities on night time vibrancy though.

-The National Mall pretty much negates any additional park space.

-Restaurants are getting better, but the lack of residential units hurts potential here.

-Shopping needs a major boost but hopefully that will change with some things in the works.

-The last thing DC needs is office space. With companies using less space to do the same thing, DC could grow without adding any new office space for a decade probably.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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For Philadelphia

-Housing - always welcome but not a huge need - some infill projects would be nice

-Office Space/Workers - Yes the business tax issues are the biggest issue facing the Philadelphia DT and ability to attract new jobs

-Park Space -Always welcome but with some recent improvements, current construction, and proposals on both waterfronts it isnt bad

-Shopping - Would love another Dept store and a better Market East (PREIT is about to spend 300 million redoing the Gallery to make it more street fronting and interacting with Market street) but on the whole is pretty good

-Restaurants - well new and diverse ones are always good but there is really no shortage today - probably the least need among these categories

I read there are a few new office buildings under construction in Philly. Is that true? I know a few are in the works right? I have heard some may be over 600 feet.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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For Dallas, there is a definite need for more housing and more shopping. And not just high-end shopping, but the average daily stuff. There needs to be more grocery stores, book stores, hardware stores, things of that sort.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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For DC

-Housing and lots of it. Having height restrictions has made DC's core a major office park because of the amount of land that has to be taken up to accomodate the workforce. It really has crippled DC but it's getting better slowly. DC will need major conversion from office space to residential to ever be able to compete with other cities on night time vibrancy though.

-The National Mall pretty much negates any additional park space.

-Restaurants are getting better, but the lack of residential units hurts potential here.

-Shopping needs a major boost but hopefully that will change with some things in the works.

-The last thing DC needs is office space. With companies using less space to do the same thing, DC could grow without adding any new office space for a decade probably.
Pretty spot on for DC.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: The City
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I read there are a few new office buildings under construction in Philly. Is that true? I know a few are in the works right? I have heard some may be over 600 feet.

Yes there are a few (Cira South ~500 ft, 19th and Arch ~400-500 ft, 19th and Market (partial office and most residential) ~400-500ft, and whatever happens to the ACC site rumored to be a Comcast 2 probably in the 600 ft range). There is a 600ft W supposed to break ground in the Spring, not office space though.

Plus this project but this is more speculative and recent
Realen Properties - Projects

But also remember that there is like 2-2.5 million sq ft including office space about to be retrofitted to residential in CC and the GSK vacancy of CC with their move to the Navy Yard so the net may be less than 2 million additional sq footage though updgraded Class A space.

U City is adding space like crazy - something like 4 million in research and office space on that side of the river. Also CHOP is building a 1 million sq ft research facility on the non CC side of south street in GHo

Still a need for more jobs - the number of employed in CC is down from 1985 today
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:19 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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What does your cities urban core need more of? And what area in the urban core needs either of these options the most?

-Housing
-Office Space/Workers
-Park Space
-Shopping
-Restaurants
For Raleigh, there's been quite a bit of housing recently completed with more in construction and even more being planned. I am not concerned about DT's housing future....it's reached a tipping point IMO.

One technology company is in the middle of the process of moving its HQ to downtown and another is the middle of planning a location in a large renovated/expanded urban warehouse in DT's Warehouse District.

Of Raleigh's 4 original squares (parks), only two remain. a few more DT parks would be a welcome addition. There's speculation and chatter about a possible new park....coincidentally on the land of a former ballpark that had been used until recently by the city's sanitation department for the last 3 decades to store garbage trucks.

In the last ten years, there have been many new restaurants, bars and clubs opened. While more are always welcomed, they are not an urgent need.

On the other hand, DT needs much more retail. As of now, the very core has limited amounts of retail that is mostly independent specialty shops and some legacy services that existed before this latest revitalization. DT is mostly served by shopping that rings the very core in what was the first ring of suburban development from the 50s. Essentially, the available shopping is about a mile west or a mile east of the core of DT. This semi-convenient shopping has hampered investment in the very core up until now. As more and more of the urban housing projects complete and fill, I expect that the retail will come. I hope that the retail will come with some other amenities like a DT movie theater.

What Raleigh really needs now is hotel rooms. Unfortunately, Raleigh's new convention center was completed and opened just as the financial collapse was occurring in 2008. This halted investment in new hotel rooms that were planned to commence shortly thereafter. A new hotel will open in a few months but it's not going to make a dent in the shortfall; many hundreds of new rooms are needed.
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