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Topic: Rumor Mill: Shea's Expanding in Midtown
Posted by: Mark - 2/26/2015 8:06:17 PM
I wonder if this means Shea's will go non smoking?

Topic: Rumor Mill: Shea's Expanding in Midtown
Posted by: kyle - 2/26/2015 4:57:22 PM
Shea's a good dive? I know it as a hardcore drug haven.

Topic: Rumor Mill: Shea's Expanding in Midtown
Posted by: Ken - 2/26/2015 12:17:04 PM
If this rumor is true it's great news! One thing that Reno is seriously lacking are bars that keep bar hours (open til 2 or later) that also have kitchens and serve decent food. I never expect the kitchen to be fully open in the wee hours of the morning, but it's nice to be able to eat at a bar knowing if you're having a good time, the lights won't go off at 10 or 11 pm.

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: Chris - 2/24/2015 6:14:05 PM
I went to college in Eugene, OR. Eugene had closed a street as a pedestrian mall and the place was a ghost town. A few years ago they reopened the street to traffic and the area is now booming. A pedestrian mall, such as the one in Boulder is beneficial to major retail, but as mentioned above, not concrete monoliths like Reno Casinos. Reno is not likely to attract the kind of retail businesses that Boulder has. I'm not sure what Reno accomplishes by closing the street. They already do a good job of closing the street when necessary.

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: Ken - 2/23/2015 10:27:32 AM
I'm generally pretty skeptical of pedestrian malls, but one good reason for Downtown Reno having a pedestrian mall on Virginia Street would be for the safety of tourists who like to take a picture standing right under the Reno Arch. That said, I don't think closing Virginia Street to traffic permanently is necessarily what it will take to get all the lights on from the river to the freeway. First and foremost, the city needs to develop a plan to spark new business in that corridor.

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: Hopeful - 2/21/2015 2:59:40 PM
I came from the Boulder area. Boulder has Pearl Street and in Denver 16th Street Mall works well. I have felt that this would work well in Reno, if done right.

Topic: New Mixed Use Project Plants Seed for UNR District
Posted by: Anne Vohl - 2/21/2015 7:04:10 AM
This is the greatest news! So important

Topic: New Mixed Use Project Plants Seed for UNR District
Posted by: Susan B. - 2/20/2015 10:02:56 AM
H.E. This was Dr. Glick's vision to have businesses and the University be as one. I am very excited to see this happen!

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: McG$$$ - 2/20/2015 6:48:41 AM
The mallification of Virginia street is the WORST IDEA EVER for all the reasons Brian laid out. It takes fine grained retail frontage to be successful, not inward facing casino megablocks. On a technical level, Virginia Street is US Highway 395 Business, and it would almost literally take an act of congress to mall it.

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: H.E. - 2/19/2015 10:49:26 PM
I like the ideas of pedestrian malls, but I agree with Brian. Though, at 10 mph whats the point of a vehicle? Meh. The more I think about it, I don't think Virginia St is right for a ped-mall. Plus for those who thought/think the location of the Community Assistance Center was a bad location this would be the cherry on-top of their sundae.

Topic: New Mixed Use Project Plants Seed for UNR District
Posted by: H.E. - 2/19/2015 10:42:49 PM
YES! I wonder what the University thinks though.. while attending there I always got the feeling that they didn't care for students having "off-campus" activities, almost like they wanted it to be a self-contained bubble away from Reno itself.

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: Brian Hunt - 2/19/2015 10:28:28 PM
Thanks for the report Mike. I too am a dreamer for Reno. As someone who wants better streets and bike/ped facilities in Reno, I would argue against turning Virginia Street into a pedestrian mall. If you research the history of the third street promenade in Santa Monica you will find that it was initially a huge failure. In fact it is very difficult to transform a large street into a bustling pedestrian mall. It took a complete redesign in the 1980s to make the mall function. And it still functions like a traditional mall - it relies on a huge supply of drivers and subsidized parking garages (on 4th street) to function. Pedestrians require narrow streets with frequent changes in scenery to not get bored. The expert on this would be Jeff Speck's "Walkable City". This segment of SVA has very large parcels that are not fine grained enough for pure pedestrian life. What Reno should be looking to do is slow the traffic on California Ave and SVA in Midtown from 30mph down to 10mph. This would work wonders for these cooridors and help balance car, bike, and pedestrian activity. At 10mph you can easily ride your bike in the flow of traffic. Pedestrians can jaywalk freely which allows them to access businesses on both sides of the street. You can even enjoy sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe because the cars are way quieter at slower speeds. What we need are shared spaces that are hospitable to all users, not a segregated system walking paths and race tracks...more Santa Barbara than Santa Monica :)

Topic: City To Discuss Closing Virginia Street for Pedestrian Mall
Posted by: Brian Hunt - 2/19/2015 10:27:17 PM
Thanks for the report Mike. I too am a dreamer for Reno. As someone who wants better streets and bike/ped facilities in Reno, I would argue against turning Virginia Street into a pedestrian mall. If you research the history of the third street promenade in Santa Monica you will find that it was initially a huge failure. In fact it is very difficult to transform a large street into a bustling pedestrian mall. It took a complete redesign in the 1980s to make the mall function. And it still functions like a traditional mall - it relies on a huge supply of drivers and subsidized parking garages (on 4th street) to function. Pedestrians require narrow streets with frequent changes in scenery to not get bored. The expert on this would be Jeff Speck's "Walkable City". This segment of SVA has very large parcels that are not fine grained enough for pure pedestrian life. What Reno should be looking to do is slow the traffic on California Ave and SVA in Midtown from 30mph down to 10mph. This would work wonders for these cooridors and help balance car, bike, and pedestrian activity. At 10mph you can easily ride your bike in the flow of traffic. Pedestrians can jaywalk freely which allows them to access businesses on both sides of the street. You can even enjoy sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe because the cars are way quieter at slower speeds. What we need are shared spaces that are hospitable to all users, not a segregated system walking paths and race tracks...more Santa Barbara than Santa Monica :)

Topic: New Mixed Use Project Plants Seed for UNR District
Posted by: David - 2/19/2015 5:12:45 PM
I'm honestly more excited about this than I have been for any project in a long time. This is so incredibly long overdue, and is hopefully the beginning of a new U-district.

Topic: Truckee Bagel Company to Open in Midtown
Posted by: BMarmot - 2/19/2015 7:58:32 AM
My son is going to be so excited.

Topic: Truckee Bagel Company to Open in Midtown
Posted by: Sara Lee - 2/18/2015 5:33:39 PM
This is some of the best news to hit the area in decades. Can't wait for it to open.

Topic: Edgewater at Virginia Lake Selling - Construction Update
Posted by: H.E. - 2/18/2015 4:45:26 PM
So Edgewater is ownable townhomes and apartments? Interesting. As for the restaurant I thought that was a package that included rerouting Eastshore Drive to go out wide at the SE corner so they could have waterfront property. I imagine they scrapped it because of the cost of the road, and the inevitable bird problem. It could've made Hitchcock look like a kid's special, LOL. Personally, with the water quality issues its been having, I've been timid to even go for a jog around it (I bit the bullet this Monday), let alone consume a meal around it. I think it would be great though if a balance could be found for everything and everyone. Birds, dogs, homes, people and sandwiches alike. All for its continued use.

Topic: Truckee Bagel Company to Open in Midtown
Posted by: Woodrow Stool - 2/18/2015 4:41:23 PM
Absolutely fantastic news! Best bagels for miles and miles around. Very glad this space didn't turn into yet another bar or tattoo joint.

Topic: Edgewater at Virginia Lake Selling - Construction Update
Posted by: Brian Hunt - 2/17/2015 5:08:35 PM
Thanks for the post Mike. Your site is a great public service to Reno. I was excited to hear that the developer at one point wanted to build a restaurant on the lake. Unfortunately I believe that restaurant space was eliminated from the plans. I believe Virginia lake could be a very dynamic place if it had some mixed use property. Reno needs to get more creative with this. Perhaps the parking lot at the north end of the lake could have a better use than stashing a dozen cars?

Topic: The Kings Inn Has a Nice Pool Deck
Posted by: Shellback - 2/13/2015 10:12:47 PM
You have to know the building when analyzing rents at Montage. Lower floors and east facing units are generally cheaper than west facing units. Corner units command higher rents than middle units. Real one bedrooms command more rent than studios/convertables. Executive rentals include all furnishings, cookware, linen, cutlery, cable, electricity, internet, and everything else needed to let you just bring your suitcase and grab the TV remote. The unit that has all of the attention for its high rent is a high floor, real one bedroom, corner unit, executive rental.

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