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Aug 24, 2011 7:47PM
OMFG!!  Has this author ever left his 'loft?'
The Olympic Village at False Creek? Way to reinvent yourself (at taxpayers expense!)
Originally planned to cost $47M, half way through the developer walked away saying it was going to cost more even after getting 100's, yes 100's, of millions of dollars in cost overruns passed. After walking away an audit showed sloppy/incorrect work and value nowhere near $'s spent. But don't worry his company posted a record profit for that year.
Final tally... close to $1 BILLION dollars!!! All paid for by the taxpayer.



After the Olympics some of it was to become social housing, value priced at only $595,000 per unit.


May 22, 2011 8:50PM
The only problem with this Idea is then the TAX"S go through the roof, so you spend money fix up old buildings, pay off the building inspectors and the contractors to do the job, then the city Tax man shows up and you end not able to pay the tax increase because all your money went to the building.. It is a no win for for the small business man. This I know from experince, and that is the best teacher in the world......
May 22, 2011 7:38PM
Please don't include Louisville, KY in your list! They have destroyed tons of old, historic buildings for the sake of the ubiquitous parking lots and yet another ugly box office building and another and another! They have no sense of history and no appreciation of what makes a city, town, community great! It's all about the $$ to the guys at the top! Until they learn the value of history, they will never know the value of anything. Scratch them off your list!
May 22, 2011 3:19PM
A lot of people know about Savannah's gorgeous historic downtown area but another area there that has transformed greatly is it's Victorian District.   Y'all check it out sometime. 
May 22, 2011 2:33PM
I'll nominate Durham NC for reclaiming the tobacco district.  What once was an abandoned cigarette factory is now a hip, upscale community with a very upscale arts center and new home to the Durham Bulls.  It was a scary run down part of down that is now blossoming...
May 22, 2011 12:47PM
Always concerned with identity. Hey, flakes, pay the money to me.
May 22, 2011 12:45PM
Ok, so businesses can do nothing for another 100 or so years. (I failed class/caste consciousness 101).
May 22, 2011 12:08PM
Apr 21, 2011 8:15PM
Interesting choice of words to name the article: "10 neighborhoods that LOST their identity". A more positive and more accurate word to describe the transition could have been "10 neighborhoods that CHANGED their identity", since it appears from your article that most of these areas were "crime-ridden ghost towns", and are now bustling neigborhoods reclaiming a sense of identity and community
Apr 21, 2011 4:03PM
Here's one more: the entire city of Austin. What with all the yuppie transplants & west coast developers moving in and destroying what was once a cool place to live, Austin has now become just another wannabe. Sucked the soul dry.
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