Special Sub-Topic: Portsmouth
|Which of the following cities does Portsmouth not share a border with?|
Virginia Beach. Portsmouth shares a border with all major cities in the Hampton Roads region whether on land or over water except for Virginia Beach which only borders Norfolk and Chesapeake.
|This project, completed in 2001, was Portsmouth's biggest investment in years, costing a total of $46 million. |
Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center. Situated on the Elizabeth River in Olde Towne, the Renaissance Hotel played a big role in the revitalization of downtown Portsmouth as well as the rest of the city. The downtown area is not fully revitalized yet but it is well on it's way out of the trenches.
|Which of these areas of Portsmouth is not a historic district?|
Brighton. Portsmouth has 6 historic districts that are labeled as you enter the neighborhood. They are Downtown Portsmouth, Olde Towne, Park View, Port Norfolk, Truxton, and Cradock. Also check out Portsva.com if you want to know more.
|Portsmouth was founded in what year?|
1752. Portsmouth was founded by Col. William Crawford in 1752.
|Who was the founder of Portsmouth?|
Col. William Crawford. John Smith first surveyed the land in 1608, but go downtown and the name Crawford is all over the place. Crawford Bay, Crawford Street, Crawford Pkwy, and Crawford Executive Building on Effingham. Also my last name is Crawford and I'm from Portsmouth (no relation to Col. Bill).
|What famous warship was built at Gosport (now Norfolk Naval Shipyard) in Portsmouth?|
Merrimac. The Merrimac (later CSS Virginia) is known for its great battle with the Monitor just off the Portsmouth coastline in Hampton Roads during the Civil War.
|Which star is not from Portsmouth?|
Dre' Bly. Dre Bly is from Chesapeake just outside of Portsmouth. Funny how most stars from Portsmouth are females. They do what they gotta do and make it big. Big ups to the ladies.
|What's the name of the mall the the Victory Crossing Shopping Center replaced?|
Tower Mall. Tower Mall was one of the oldest and best places to shop in the region until the opening of Chesapeake square and other malls opened thus forcing the mall to try to find ways to revive itself. After many failed attempts the mall was razed and Victory Crossing replaced the mall and is now booming with business.
|Which of the following military installations are located in Portsmouth?|
Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Little Creek is located in Va. Beach. Fort Monroe is in Hampton.
|Portsmouth is being studied for a merger between it and what other city?|
Norfolk. There is an ongoing study of a merger between Portsmouth and Norfolk. Suffolk is another city of study but doesn't seem too enthusiastic about merger talks. Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are more against merging especially with Va Beach building its downtown (Town Center) in the Pembroke area.
|Portsmouth's Olde Towne district ranks as the largest collection of antique houses in the state of Virginia.|
f. Alexandria has the largest collection of antique houses in the state of Virginia. But Portsmouth ranks second in the state and has the largest collection between Alexandria and Charleston, SC.
|On which highway system is the Downtown Tunnel located?|
Interstate 264. The Downtown Tunnel is the main connector between Portsmouth and Norfolk. It was completed in May of 1952 as the Elizabeth River Tunnel. The Midtown Tunnel is the other major connection on US HWY 58 which was completed 10 years later.
|Before Portsmouth became an independent city, what county did Portsmouth belong to?|
Norfolk County. Portsmouth became an independent city March 1st of 1858. Before then it had been the seat of Norfolk County since January of 1801. Norfolk County is now the City of Chesapeake due to a merger between the county and city of South Norfolk to avoid annexations by Norfolk and Portsmouth.
|The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is a tournament held for college football players trying to impress NFL scouts and better prepare them for the NFL.|
f. The PIT is held for college basketball seniors who may be overlooked in the NBA Draft in an attempt to impress NBA scouts.
|Portsmouth plays host to what annual festival activity?|
Seawall Festival. The Seawall Festival along with the Harborfest in Norfolk is held annually during the early June timeframe around the Portside area of Olde Towne.
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