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Old July 30th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #161
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^ That is a pretty cool building. I love the Buckhead area.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #162
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Its grown on me. Its particularly nice if you are into female R&B singers, they are always hanging out at Phipps and Lenox. My wife caught me leering at Mya a couple months ago..... We don't have a beach, but the mall is quite the fashion parade.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #163
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Old September 8th, 2008, 04:46 PM   #164
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Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Gets Gift Of Fountains

By CHRISTIAN M. WADE

The Tampa Tribune

Published: September 8, 2008

TAMPA - For many people, a public park without a fountain is like a beach without water.

But when city officials worked out cost estimates for the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park project this year, they reluctantly decided to shelve plans for fountains and other amenities. That is, until philanthropist Norma Gene Lykes came into the picture.

Her nonprofit group, the F.E. Lykes Foundation, last week donated $1 million to pay for a giant fountain at the gateway to the park and two smaller ones on the riverfront.

Mayor Pam Iorio called the donation a prime example of the private sector contributing to downtown redevelopment.

"It is very generous and will have a lasting effect on our community," Iorio said.

The park is considered a vital part of the city's riverfront redevelopment efforts, which also include the new Tampa Museum of Art, under construction nearby.

City planners envision the park as a destination spot for large, outdoor events.

The $12 million project, expected to be completed in 2009, is being funded mostly with Community Investment Tax dollars.

"We wouldn't have the fountains without this donation," said Public Works administrator Steve Daignault. "We just didn't have enough money to do them."

Reporter Christian M. Wade can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 259-7679.

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Old September 8th, 2008, 05:31 PM   #165
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Great news, the scale-backs on that park were going to make it even more useless then its predecessor... Mean while we have a few dirt lots and a concrete jungle that used to be Kiley Gardens.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #166
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Oh I agree Robert, this will be nothing more than an smaller, but extravagant copy of what the city has underneath I-4. Not to mention that it will become another "wonderful" homeless bath.


I want to know how the heck the city accepts these crap ideas?
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Old September 8th, 2008, 11:07 PM   #167
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Great to see fountains added to the park plan.

I'm not really concerned about scaling down amenities of the park for the time being. What I was a little more disappointed in was they didn't take down that stupid parking garage with those nets that give off a strip-club ambience. Taking that down would've made the park noticeably larger.

As far as the homeless bath goes, the downtown area including its immediate surrounding neighborhoods need to be cleaned up before the homeless go away. I really wouldn't want the presence of homeless to destroy the prospects of getting some nice fountains.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #168
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Im hoping they put a lot of oak trees or trees that really offer shade and not just palms.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 06:59 PM   #169
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Amen to that! This is Florida after all and despite what our norther visitors may like to see (non-indigenous palms) what any public space needs is shade and lots of it. Shade trees, make all the difference in creating an invite outdoor public space. Too bad all streets downtown don't look like Marion St!

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Old September 9th, 2008, 08:00 PM   #170
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I really wouldn't want the presence of homeless to destroy the prospects of getting some nice fountains.
It could happen though. They know that they can't go to I-4 because it's locked up. so of course if the fountains are built at the riverside, that they will try to flock there.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:03 PM   #171
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^Sure it could happen, but what I'm saying is that I wouldn't want the city to not get fountains just because there are homeless nearby.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 04:28 PM   #172
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Oh. I see your point now...
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Old September 10th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #173
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Generally the homeless that want to bathe, can and do at the various shelters/outreach programs. Its the deranged crazies who are so out of their minds on cheap booze, or are just plain mentally ill who tend to go days-weeks-months, without bathing. I think the bigger problem will be that the city will build it, then not have the money to keep it running because of the water bill, electric bill (lighting and pumping), drought etc... Too frequently, the City and most places in general don't hire enough realists/pessimists to work up potential problems in their own work. NASA didn't get to the moon by being optomists, they got their by ripping their own work apart, until they had thought of 99.9999999% of the potential problems. Unfortunately most municipalities seem to hire Mary Poppins to analyze things.

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Old September 10th, 2008, 04:50 PM   #174
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Hey, we've got Mary Poppins running the Disney Monorails and HARTline right now. Great! Maybe she can get some chimney sweepers to clean out all the city departments responsible for creating such an urban headache!
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Old September 10th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #175
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Here's a little song I wrote, lets sing it note for note, don't worry......
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Old September 10th, 2008, 06:54 PM   #176
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If the homeless bathe, so be it. We'll label it performance art.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #177
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Old September 11th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #178
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Old September 12th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #179
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They should spend more on parks where there is surface parking now - with x sidewalks and fountains in the middle - places for people to actually gather near where they might actually be - unlike Curtis Hixon
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Old September 12th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #180
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good idea for empty lots and surface parking **
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