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  1. mallguy added a post in a topic 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.
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  2. mallguy added a post in a topic SouthPark Mall   

    Old Navy at SouthPark?
    What's next?  Will Sears be returning to the mall?
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  3. mallguy added a post in a topic 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.
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  4. mallguy added a post in a topic 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.
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  5. mallguy added a post in a topic 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. 
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  6. mallguy added a post in a topic 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. 
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  7. mallguy added a post in a topic 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.
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  8. mallguy added a post in a topic Haywood Rd Redevelopment   

    Haywood Road these days reminds me of South Main Street in 1985 (the fun and excitement are long gone).
     
    If the Cheesecake Factory wants to pick a location that'll be thriving in 10 years, it ought to think long and hard.
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  9. mallguy added a post in a topic Northpointe mixed use development.   

    Why are so many "center city" grocery stores needed?  The downtown Publix has enough business and is popular, but it's not mobbed 24/7.
     
    If anything, downtown-ish neighborhoods need a Target or Walmart/Neighborhood Market.  I grew up being dragged to Sears at the Northpointe site and it always did fine.
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  10. mallguy added a post in a topic Haywood Mall Retail   

    As much as I dislike Haywood (the clientele, the exterior, the location, etc.), it's not a B mall; it's certainly a strong and dominant center- at least for now.  Once downtown and exurbs keep building up, and once Sears closes (which will happen), things could change, but for now, it's a strong, mid-market shopping center.
     
    I also agree that Cheesecake Factory would do great downtown.  The perfect location would be the Greenville News site, Riverplace or maybe McBee Station (for the ample parking).
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  11. mallguy added a post in a topic Polk State building at 500 West Trade   

    Yes, the Polk building could be pretty chic inside.
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  12. mallguy added a post in a topic The State of Downtown Retail   

    Wouldn't a better downtown website help retail?
     
    Here's Greenville's.  It doesn't even list the draws that will help new high-end stores come downtown.  Anthropologie is one of this era's most in-demand retailers and so it should be trumpeted, to draw more stores and people downtown, but it's not even listed:
     
    http://www.visitgreenvillesc.com/things-to-do/shopping/
     
    Here's a good one that is much more useful:
     
    http://www.palmersquare.com/shopping
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  13. mallguy added a post in a topic Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)   

    I can't repeat this enough: we need more traditional architecture in these developments.
     
    What's in vogue today won't be in vogue in 15 years, and using "trendy" architecture, given all of the new construction downtown, will result in a skanky looking downtown soon, once they're out of style.  Look at the existing Greenville News building: it and the Daniel/Landmark building were stylish when built, but they were eyesores within 15 years.
     
    There are plenty of architectural styles that have lasted hundreds of years.  We should have more buildings using those styles.
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  14. mallguy added a post in a topic Charlotte Center City Streetcar Network   

    Republicans are only a small minority in the county commission.  Democrats control the mayor's office and a majority of the county commission.  It's at best a far stretch to blame Republicans for this. 
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  15. mallguy added a post in a topic What would you destroy?   

    Unfortunately the City Tavern building hasn't shown any updates in all the years since this thread mentioned it! 
     
    It and the Daniel Building really need to have their exteriors redone.
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