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  1. Blueth
    Member

    The officials were on duty yesterday (Saturday) but not preventing, or apparently trying to prevent, the mass pedestrian use of the cycle lane.

    Woman in the lift at Lewis's complaining about a "grumpy cyclist" ringing his bell at her on his way down the cycle route. Apparently he was going too fast.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. glasgow megasnake
    Member

    I think if pedestrian facilities aren't enough then pedestrians spilling over into the cycle lane/road is fine. they have as much right to be on/in the road as anyone else. (i've been told by the 'helpers' to get out of the road there before, even though there was no traffic. I wasn't impressed...)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. gembo
    Member

    @glasgow mega snake, not sure the peds have lost any space they are just behaving badly as the bike lane is there.? But I don't mind a ped so long as they wear hi viz tabards or special luminous walking clothes.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. crowriver
    Member

    @gembo, yeah likewise I don't mind drivers as long as they wear a hemet and their vehicle is sprayed with reflective hi-viz colours. Can't be too careful you know.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. PS
    Member

    I think if pedestrian facilities aren't enough then pedestrians spilling over into the cycle lane/road is fine.

    When I was passing through the pedestrian facilities were nowhere near capacity. It just looked like people had missed the fact that this was a cyclelane.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. Klaxon
    Member

    It looks like a direct walking route to the John Lewis door

    So it's being used that way

    The answer isn't to force people around, it's to also be providing a walking route beside the cycle route while the east pavement is shut

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. wingpig
    Member

    Tabard Squad's primary purpose during the week appears to be to try and stop pedestrians walking across live traffic streams, occasionally with reference to large vehicles backing out of the work compound beside John Lewis. They don't seem to be interested in replacing cones shifted aside by workpeople leaving the compound at the gate near the top and walking across to the walkway. The workpeople walking across the bike lane from the gate are contractually compelled to remark "it's like the Tour de France here today" every day whenever they encounter more than one cyclist at a time, presumably in reference to the bits in the Tour de France where the cyclists are winding up a hill in the narrow channel left between flocks of encroaching spectators.

    In mildly positive news, the section with all the big metal plates has been replaced with tarmac over the weekend.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. Klaxon
    Member

    Just walked down Easter Rd

    The queue to cross the junction at London Rd is only back to Edina Place.

    This is where it usually reached before the Leith St closure.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. wingpig
    Member

    The northbound light had just turned red as I entered the final straight but leading to the exit chicane,so I thought I would time it:

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    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. fimm
    Member

    And? I can't read it from your video.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. Klaxon
    Member

    5 way control with no push demand on any leg

    It’s gonna be slow

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. wingpig
    Member

    I haven't watched it closely yet to find out. I think it's about three minutes.
    I have another one from this morning which I haven't watched yet to count exactly how many huge NWH tipper trucks were driving south on their way into the demolition zone. I think it was about eight.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. Frenchy
    Member

    Almost exactly two minutes.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. chdot
    Admin

    A lack of investment at the west end store and the opening of the new St James retail development in 2020 has triggered speculation about a major development of the site.

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/business/iconic-frasers-princes-street-store-goes-on-the-market-1-4632860

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. chdot
    Admin

    The “St James effect” is what everyone is talking about in property and retail circles in Edinburgh.

    It might be three years before the near £1 billion redevelopment of the east end opens - complete with its 30 restaurants and cafes, 85 shops and 1600 space car park - but already any significant deal in the city centre can only be understood by considering its impact. And the sale of the Frasers store in the west end is no different.

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/euan-mcgrory-why-house-of-fraser-might-want-out-of-edinburgh-s-west-end-1-4632841

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. wingpig
    Member

    This evening's fun addition to the Leith Street experience is three generators right next to the fence puffing out foul exhaust into cyclists' faces.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. crowriver
    Member

    Further to Min's question on another thread: "where exactly is all this tremendous wealth going?"

    "TH Real Estate is one of Nuveen’s specialist investment affiliates. The company sits on the Nuveen platform, allowing clients to leverage the access that the broader platform offers. "

    And

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    Nuveen, LLC, is the investment management business of TIAA. Formerly known as TIAA Global Asset Management, it began delivering the expertise of TIAA Investments and its other independent investment affiliates, under the Nuveen umbrella, in January 2017.

    Nuveen currently manages more than $900bn in assets for a range of investors including corporate and public pensions, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, financial advisors, families and individuals. The global investment management company offers a broad array of traditional equity and fixed income assets, and access to a wide range of liquid and illiquid alternative strategies in asset classes such as real estate, real assets (farmland, timber, infrastructure) private equity and debt. It is also a pioneer in responsible investment, using ESG criteria in investment decisions since 1970. The platform combines broad investment capabilities with specialist investment affiliates to provide access to a full spectrum of investment capabilities across public and private markets.

    ---

    https://threalestate.com/about-us/about-nuveen

    All very reassuring, I'm sure.

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    TIAA and Nuveen

    Following the purchase of Nuveen Investments by TIAA, Nuveen, TIAA’s asset management unit and our multiple investment affiliates began delivering all of the capabilities of a dozen investment affiliates under the name Nuveen.

    TIAA got its start in 1918 when Andrew Carnegie endowed the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America to ensure that teachers had the ability to retire with dignity with adequate retirement provisions. Over time, TIAA evolved into a diversified Fortune 100 financial services organization. In the 1970s, the firm (then TIAA-CREF) was one of the first to use an extensive portfolio of international stocks as part of its investment strategy. Today, TIAA is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields, and offers a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and education, and retirement services.

    John Nuveen’s first deal was recorded in 1898. Capitalizing on a unique niche in municipal bonds, the company grew quickly. By mid-century, the Chicago-based investment bank was the largest municipal bond specialist in America. By 2014 when Nuveen Investments, was acquired by TIAA, the firm managed approximately $231 billion in client assets and was a market leader in closed-end funds and the retail managed account arena, and had also recently expanded its suite of mutual funds — more than doubling its offering of non-municipal bond funds.

    Our heritage ensures that TIAA and Nuveen’s concurrent 100-year histories of innovation and successful outcomes are put to work for the investors who depend on us.

    ---

    https://www.nuveen.com/Home/Corporate/About/Values.aspx

    I'm sure we all get a warm feeling inside this festive season in the knowledge that City of Edinburgh Council is borrowing £60 million from the Scottish government in order to help unlock maximum return for Nuveen's investors. Oh and lest we forget "allowing clients to leverage the access that the broader platform offers. "

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. wingpig
    Member

    Judging by their hesitation, a number of drivers heading south along Leith Street hadn't read or didn't believe the bit about there being no access to Calton Road.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. chdot
    Admin

  20. nedd1e_h
    Member

    Now we just need them to go bust. The council can have their £60m back and use it to make a people-friendly Picardy Pl.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  21. chdot
    Admin

  22. crowriver
    Member

    Will Scarlett's rosy future of money making opportunities sounds more like a nightmare for residents of eastern Edinburgh.

    Hopefully now that St James demolition is complete the number of tipper lorries traversing London Road/Regent Road/Waterloo Place ferrying rubble will decrease. Only to be replaced by concrete mixer lorries for the next few years...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  23. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Is that an article about Scarlett Land and Development written by Will Scarlett?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  24. Frenchy
    Member

    Is that an article about Scarlett Land and Development written by Will Scarlett?

    What are you implying?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  25. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Just wondering if Mysteron Real Estate gets a right of reply.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  26. chdot
    Admin

    How about a reply from ‘disrupted resident of East Ed.’?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  27. chdot
    Admin

    Will Scarlet Fictional character

    Posted 1 month ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

    A different one -

    Will Scarlett With 17 years experience in the Scottish property market, Will is well known for transacting site sales and acquisitions for residential, student housing, and mixed use – for a client base that includes private land owners, developers, Institutional clients, funds, banks and administrators.

    https://www.scarlettdev.co.uk

    Traits: proactive, personal, informed, discreet.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-scarlett-15209619/

    Posted 1 month ago #

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