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  1. Augusta Road

    Is Saluda River staying in a redeveloped site, or is it moving somewhere else?
  2. Carolina Theater Renovation and Belk Place

    Cute.  We don't need to panic, but we do need to reflect on what type of architecture will result in Charlotte remaining beautiful in 50 and 100 years. 2005-era boxes won't do it, just as 1970s-era cement junk didn't do it, either.  Remember how the Ivey's store at SouthPark was supposedly the most amazing, with-it store ever, until its 1970-era concrete grew out of style, for example?
  3. SouthPark Mall

    I'd think that Metropolitan/Midtown could expand and really become the center city retail destination. If downtown Greenville, SC has stores ranging from Brooks Brothers to Anthropologie and the like, I still don't see why Charlotte doesn't, but at least something near uptown would be about as good.
  4. Carolina Theater Renovation and Belk Place

    Charlotte is one big glop of 2005-era architecture--and the Carolina Theater will be as well. That's all going to look incredibly dated in 20 years, just as 1970s-era architecture was horribly dated by the 1990s. I'd prefer that planners and developers build timeless architecture: neo-Classical, neo-Renaissance or even Colonial.  CPCC's campus near uptown is an excellent development, since its architecture will not really be dated and it fits in well with Charlotte's history.  It gets an A; the glass/brick boxes elsewhere all over town get a C.
  5. Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network

    Transit supporters really ought to tread with caution in Charlotte and be sure to build only rail lines that will generate a lot of ridership.  Anti-transit zealots are itching to find any transit line that has low ridership and/or doesn't have a good farebox recovery ratio.  So far the streetcar has a 0% farebox recovery ratio and low ridership.  (I know that it won't be free once Phase 2 opens, and ridership will increase then.)  I don't want to be giving the John Locke crowd any ammunition, but the streetcar could be it.  I also don't want public transportation to have a stigma of being for "those other people", but the streetcar could be that as well. I'd prefer to focus on the Blue Line, commuter rail and additional Piedmont trains.
  6. Out of curiosity: 1. When did the first Chick-fil-A in Greenville open?  Do I assume correctly that the first was the one at center court in McAlister Square, and that it must have opened sometime in the 1970s? 2. If Chick-fil-A is coming to Lewis Plaza, does that mean that there's no prospect of one coming downtown again?  Too bad the downtown one had such a bad location and opened and closed right before downtown's rebirth. Thanks.
  7. Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    A good retail anchor could do much more to draw traffic than a movie theater could.  Maybe a Saks Off Fifth or H&M or a cluster of higher-end chains (like the ONE project) or something?
  8. Drive for 'Center City' retail

    An uptown mall? I don't see it happening. SouthPark is surrounded by high-income neighborhoods and has a critical mass of retail already. Uptown is surrounded by a mix: high-income neighborhoods and low-income ones.  It has almost zero retail to start with (the Met isn't really within walking distance for most people so it doesn't really count as uptown, although it basically is). I don't think that going head-to-head vs. SouthPark would a good idea; SouthPark would win.  Uptown Charlotte should do retail like downtown Greenville, SC does: destination retail of chains that aren't at the mall.  The mall chains that are in downtown Greenville (Brooks Brothers, Anthropologie, etc.) are nicer than what's at its mall, and the anchor (Mast) is certainly not replicated at the mall.  Downtown Greenville seems to do very well as a retail attraction.
  9. The State of Downtown Retail

    Sad to hear about the Miniature World of Trains.  I certainly liked it.  It really should retool to be part of a "real" railroad museum.  Spartanburg has a "real" railroad museum, and there is another one on the way to Columbia that has real trains to ride.  Perhaps Greenville could get a "real" railroad museum with real railcars, and what results could be even better than expected. Or maybe it could have a model train store attached to it?  Having $5 admissions as the only source of revenue, for all I could tell, perhaps was a tough business model.
  10. SouthPark Mall

    Old Navy at SouthPark? What's next?  Will Sears be returning to the mall?
  11. Charlotte Off Topic

    Kermit, wow, great post and that's really shocking. I would assume (without a basis that I have verified) that VA has done well because of DC-area Federal government employment.  I would guess (again, without a basis that I have verified) that the rest of the state has fared more like NC and SC. I'm shocked to see NC doing so badly.  I'm also depressed to see SC doing not much better now than it did when I was born--particularly as the US as a whole isn't doing particularly well. I would guess (again, without a basis) that the low education levels in all of these states (outside the major urban areas in each state) are what's holding things back, but who knows.
  12. Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    Feel free to use all the anecdotes you want, but facts are facts:   http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/09/ (decline from 2013 to 2014, and most people would pay more to watch a movie at home vs. in a movie theater)   Further, from the Motion Picture Industry of America's report referenced in the CNBC article: US/Canada movie theater admissions declined from 1.50 billion in 2004 to 1.34 billion in 2013.   It's a general downward trend.
  13. Charlotte Off Topic

      cltbwimob, FYI, South Carolina is a very heavily Republican state, with a much deeper GOP control of government at all levels.  Virginia has a GOP legislature that has an even larger GOP majority in the lower house than the NC one does.   So "the heavy hand of GOP-controlled NCGA" drives companies to relocate to neighboring states that also have GOP-controlled legislatures, and that are more GOP-controlled overall in some respects?  And "the heavy hand of GOP-controlled NCGA" drove off companies to relocate to SC, a state that until yesterday had a Confederate battle flag in front of its State House?  The NCGOP is THAT bad?   FYI, here are economic data about NC, SC and VA.  From best to worst, VA has the lowest unemployment and SC the highest; NC has the highest income growth and VA by far the lowest.  So neither state seems a clear winner over the others.   http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.nc.htm http://www.bls.gov/regions/southeast/south_carolina.htm#eag http://www.bls.gov/regions/mid-atlantic/virginia.htm#eag   Based on the economic data in those official government links (from the Obama Administration), NC seems to be doing better than SC and VA in many respects. 
  14. Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    I don't care what the movie theater serves as long as it's a "nicer" movie theater; I don't want the trailer park crowd taking over downtown and running the rest of us away.    I have concerns about movie theaters in general, though: movie theaters have low sales per square foot and are generally a declining industry, with dropping attendance recently.  I'd prefer a large destination retailer or anchor, like a Cheesecake Factory or a Target, or even a Saks Off Fifth or an H&M. 
  15. Haywood Rd Redevelopment

    1. The surrounding area has lower incomes than Woodruff Road does. 2. Haywood is not aesthetically appealing: particularly the zone between the mall and Laurens Road.  3. The surrounding area isn't experiencing as much residential growth as downtown and further-out suburbs. 4.  The area has lost its short-lived monopoly on upscale chain retail.  High-end chain stores can now consider downtown as a viable location.   Haywood still has a strong central location, so if the area can improve its aesthetics, attract more upper-income residential development and lure some more strong retail anchors, it can certainly stay strong.  Haywood certainly has not deteriorated like Pleasantburg Drive did, although it has trended in the same direction.   Haywood Mall certainly needs to be preparing for the day it becomes a 3-anchor mall, minus Sears and JC Penney.