Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Davenport Lofts Front Yard

I meant to post something about this last month when it was completed, but anyway, here's the final streetscaping in front of the Crescent Lofts.
When I heard it was going to be grass between the sidewalk and street instead of brick I wasn't that pleased, but it turned out really well. I just didn't have anything to use as a reference, since there are no grass boulevards downtown. I'm curious to see what happens when the trees get larger.

Now if only you didn't have to walk in the street to get around the loading dock sticking out of the building to the south...

17 Comments:

At 7/11/2006 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trees will create a place for the crows to land over the sidewalk as they get bigger. Soon, you will have to wear a hat to keep from being 'bombarded.'

 
At 7/11/2006 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean front walk??

 
At 7/11/2006 5:00 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

It was kind of a sarcastic title.

 
At 7/11/2006 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was an irrigation system installed? There needs to be a fence to keep the tennants and homeless people from ruining the sod.

 
At 7/11/2006 6:03 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

What?

 
At 7/11/2006 8:31 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

We should be thankful that Alexander has taken on this huge investment (yes, huge.. even with the tax credits). We have people living in a place that was destine to be leveled. We have young professionals living in south central Davenport, and think it's really a cool place.

I have been told Alexander had second thoughts about the 2nd Phase, but decided leaving Davenport would be a blemish on their company for years to come.

The folks at Alexander are a blessing to this community. Five years from now, we will look back at this project (all FOUR phases), and say what a deal.

Already, investors are quietly buying houses on 6th and 7th Street. Just wait, the best is yet to come.

And for those that want to bitch, those investors are buying properties SOL, without taxpayer incentives...

 
At 7/11/2006 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Colunel are you aluding to a plan to keep SOLO depressed until the investors have all their ducks in a row? Cynical view of develoment in Davenport I know, but this wouldn't be the first community victimized by this strategy.

 
At 7/11/2006 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really, why are they being so quiet about buying the properties? Why not buy them loudly so others know how great this area of town is?

What are the investors buy the properties for anyway? Are they planningon leveling a neighborhood?

This is nuts and typical of big investors. Great for Alexander, but don't expect the people living in that area (the upstanding folks) to break our arms patting them on the back. The homeowners in that area would be wise to get a lawyer on retainer now for when the big developer decides to pull blight taking on them. Seriously.

You supporters are the devil when it comes to taking advantage of decent and well established neighborhoods. Shame on you.

 
At 7/11/2006 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fools...D1 paid for the sidewalks through the Downtown Partnership Board NOT Alexander. I'll give you that it's a decent rehab, but at look who funds it selectiveley -with our $. How come other -town buisness don't get this treatment?

 
At 7/12/2006 6:10 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

...because they aren't renovating 5 story factories and drawing in young professionals?

 
At 7/12/2006 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

QCI - please find out what kind of guarantee came with those trees and report back.

 
At 7/12/2006 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need for an irrigation system when we have the JLCS boys running around the downtown area. With all those trees, they the homeless won't have to walk down to the petunia planters or take the elevator to the skywalk to drain their Milwalkee's Best.

 
At 7/12/2006 4:38 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I swear, some of you must lay awake at night thinking about homeless people.

 
At 7/12/2006 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, QCI, we live in the central city where John Lewis has taken over and we deal with panhandlers not only in the street downtown, but on and around our properties. AND, we are pretty freaking sick of the bastard agency that lies to the public and portrays themselves as holy and wondeful. When, in fact, they are attracting homeless people to the central city, while the top dogs (namely Ridge, Clemenets, Ellenberger, etc are driving either out of town or NOLO to live because they wouldn't dare live SOLO with the people they attract and dump here.

You live in a secured building, the homeless can't get in, but I live in a home with an alley. Where the JLCS homeless men think it is just fine to sleep in, rummage through garbage in, panhandle in, and rip old people off in. Kate Ridge needs to come get her homeless men from my alley and give them a place to live. Perhaps her alley would be a good place.

Investigate JLCS and shut it down! It is ruining Davenport.

 
At 7/13/2006 1:51 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Homeless people in alleys aren't ruining Davenport; the people shooting it out at 14th and Gaines, Northwood Village, and Heatherton Drive are.

I'm NOT saying we don't have a homeless problem, although I'm sure you'll act as though I said that.

It just isn't the biggest problem Davenport is facing.

 
At 7/13/2006 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard today that JLCS is renting to people the Schricker kicks out. What? The Shricker takes the worst of the worst and if you get evicted from there, then you are pretty bad. JLCS can't fill up its units, but they claim there is a shortage of affordable housing so they keep the free money coming in to Davenport.

 
At 7/13/2006 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, QCI, you can't seem to think globally. The environment JLCS and its clients create fosters blight and crime. Think about it.

 

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