I've been beating the Pan Am drum for a while now. Toronto just hosted the 2015 games and got some great infrastructural improvements as well as an athletes village out of it. I don't see any reason why we can't host 2027.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that saw this. I think the last show that "took place" in Charlotte was that show "My Brother and Me" on Nickelodeon from the mid 90's. But yeah I agree, the Carmichael Show was not very well acted. I doubt it will survive, but who knows. All the shows I think are good usually get cancelled and vice versa.
I disagree with the cynicism aspect. I'm sure we all want to be proven wrong and this thing to exceed all of or expectations. But I also think this board is full of people who have seen this before and witnessed the aftermath. I think we are just tainted from prior failure.
^ I really like the density in that second shot. However I'm saddened by how DEAD that stretch is at street level from essentially the 7-11 all the way past Graham now. Not a single spot of retail space in Element, the Residence INN, I guess you could kind of consider the ballfield gift shop entrance something, but then you've got that parking deck and then Woodfield Graham. Sad face.
Reading back through our 2020 plan, given our unhappiness with the quality of development around the ballpark. This quote kills me. What's the point of making a plan if you decide it ignore it completely?!
The 4th Street edge should be developed with commercial and/or residential uses as part of the Knights Stadium development. The intersections of Graham/4th streets and Mint Street/MLK should include plaza space, iconic architecture and public art to maximize visibility from the surroundings.
Ground-fl oor spaces should be designed to be fl exible and accommodate changing uses over time; market demand for retail and restaurants would grow gradually as redevelopment on adjacent properties occurs and the ground-fl oor edges of the stadium should be designed to maximize this potential over the long-term.
I don't want to get into the politics or rationale of the hung jury in the Kerrick case, but I'm more so intrigued with the subdued reaction both from local supporters on both sides and the national media as a whole. Given the recent high profile cases and their coverage, I expected the Kerrick outcome to turn into a circus. However, watching the news this morning (national) it seems the mistrial and case as a whole was a bit of an afterthought. Additionally, while there were some minor protests and disturbances yesterday evening, really compared to what we've seen in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Charlotte reaction was about as milk-toast as its architecture. Does CMPD have a stronger connection with its community than most other cities? Is Charlotte a more united community than the aforementioned locations? Or is it simply a matter of apathy by the people of Charlotte? What gives?
Agreed. At street level, they are monolithic garbage surrounding what is becoming one of the most active parts of Uptown. In 10 years, we will shake our heads at these lots and realize how big of waste these projects are.
The Mint actually has quality materials. But it's the least exciting thing I've ever seen in my life. And it makes me sad that it'll greet visitors to Charlotte when they exit Gateway.
In in a way it's kind of funny/sad. We build in Charlotte the same way I build when I play Sim City drunk. "Hmmm, where should the Trash Incinerator go?? Oh! There's some space, right next to my Commercially Zoned District!"