News 8-26-08 Thoma Lofts

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Posted by: babycakes - 8/28/2008 6:23:54 PM
from what state are we gathering the professionals who can afford these lofts? Are they aware there's a meth house on almost every block in that area? Maybe now Reno's biggest red-ant hill will be removed.

Posted by: Wiley_n_Reno - 8/28/2008 11:05:12 PM
Hey babycakes.. might want to ask why San Fran. is building in formerly bad neighborhoods? And why does any city try to renew an area that was known for not-so-good? Might want o ask yourself why are Reno people so afraid of trying new stuff?...trying to re-create places...trying to take advantage of the assets of this area? Oh wait......lets fill in the train trench! I have heard this saying.... "in Vegas they ill give you 10 reasons why it will Reno they'll give you 20 reasons it will fail". Got to get past that !!!

Posted by: Mark W. - 9/5/2008 2:41:31 PM
Hear Hear, Wiley! While I generally find the design for the Thoma Lofts project uninspired, it is a very good way for a development company to take steps toward infill as a practice as well as a philosophy, and I'm glad to hear it's back on track. You want to talk about "bad ideas?" Take a look at practically the whole of the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon - it was terrible, rundown, decrepit and full of problems. People who took chances on cheap property and made positive examples through housing projects and mixed-use development started a movement that resulted in a fantastic place - a landmark district! And yes, it could happen here too.