This certainly sounds very promising. From the looks of the drawing, it seems pretty similar to SLC's Gateway District
(even down to the diagonal cutting through the center of it). And I hope for Omaha's sake, it does turn out to resemble Gateway more than another sad excuse like Village Pointe. And a transit hub there would be excellent as well.
(Sorry for the large size... is there any way to resize it/have a preview?)
StreetsOfOmaha wrote:Also, for the record, I think the name - University Village at Crossroads - is a really bad decision. Perhaps if UNO had been involved, somebody would have mentioned that there is already a residence center on UNO's campus called "University Village." Seeing as how this is the demographic they are trying to directly appeal to, why would they want to create confusion?
I agree. The whole notion of renaming Crossroads (which is a perfect name for an area literally in the middle of town) to somehow reflect the influence of 26,000 university students within a six-mile radius is ridiculous. For one, 26,000 within six miles is not a very significant number. Secondly, that is not the demographic that will be willing to shell out the rent or have access to the disposable income necessary to maintain such a costly development. They need to be targeting young professionals who have the means and interest to live in such a place.
Not to mention, this whole overuse of "village" in the names of developments is a bit absurd. While Aksarben Village is somewhat appropriate (though something like Aksarbenville sounds cooler to me), Village Pointe is a misnomer from the word go. University Village at Crossroads, on the other hand, is beyond pathetic.
joeglow wrote:I am still excited about this development that is a LOOOOOOOOONG time coming. However, I am even more excited about this hopefully leading to further development around it. Dodge looks like |expletive| from 68th to 90th and 72nd looks like |expletive| from Pacific to Cass.
I'm really excited for this, too. For such a high profile corridor, it has seen its potential wasted over the past few decades.