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  1. 3 points
    In addition to Cox leaping from one type of urban boundary to the next in order to suit his purpose he is also dishonest in his selection of the temporal boundaries of his data. His choice to end his analysis with the 2010 data is interesting since signs of the 'urban renaissance' he dismisses did not start to appear in census data until 2010 (the year that Mecklenburg started to grow at a faster rate than any of its surrounding counties). In short, Cox is just another shill for the subdivision developers and oil interests which fund foundations like cato and reason. His, well documented, biases mean that he provides the same quality of information on cities as Randall OTool, Justin Bieber or anyone from the john lock foundation.
  2. 3 points
    Hello everyone, I am a lurker (is that the correct term for someone who reads and enjoys all your postings but doesn't usually respond?). In my opinion, this street has an incredible potential to become a creative stretch of eclectic restaurants and businesses that cater to an alternative demographic. Just wanted to weigh in.... KN
  3. 2 points
    Well, sort of. I4 was originally supposed to run to the west of downtown (I've heard along part of the JYP alignment and also Kirkman Rd - JYP makes more sense because in those days there was nothing but forest primeval north of Colonial Drive while connecting to Kirkman from the north would have required leveling much of Pine Hills). Winter Park, of course, pushed I4 west of 17-92; it originally would have run along Denning Dr (it's just a guess but I've always imagined that may have been what freed up the land for what became WP Mall, now Village). As we know, I4 has a number of engineering problems that probably resulted from then-Sentinel Publisher Martin Andersen's successful rerouting of the highway into downtown (Fairbanks curves, anyone?). Also, if you look on a map between downtown and JYP, the path is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. Like many civic fathers in those days, Andersen thought he was saving downtown (not to mention making it easier for his delivery trucks). Instead, just the opposite happened. It's interesting to ponder the counterfactuals of what might have been had I4 not cut off downtown from Parramore, Holden and Ivanhoe from the rest of College Park, and whether the disaster that is the 408-I4 interchange might have been avoided if the junction was located at a place where OOCEA could have purchased land more cheaply, but we'll save those for another day. Two other interesting things: (1) the Florida's Turnpike (SSP at the time) routing just south and west of town is probably closer to Ike's ideal. Originally, there was no junction planned for the Turnpike and I4: if you wanted to get to Orlando, you did so via 441 or 50 (that changed because of Disney and is the chief reason it's such a small interchange for 2 major roads); (2) The law Winter Park got passed to force I4 to the west was later used by Edgewood to stop construction of a connector between downtown and OIA - it's why there is no expressway connection between the two. It's amazing how the laws of unintended consequences have such unforeseen circumstances on urban planning. BTW - a shoutout to Ken: I'm really enjoying your stories on Top5 - On Daily City I was having an awful time working around all the food truck stuff. I still miss your longer pieces on your other website, though - whatever you write is always chock full of info.
  4. 2 points
    It's a money issue. Phasing has certain logistical and mobilization costs that would drive up the final tally of the project cost, even if it would "spread out" the spending over a longer time. And at the end of the day, we might gain - at most - a few months of revenue service on a stretch of the BLE that is not going to produce the majority of the ridership.
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    I attached some photos from yesterday "private" tour that I won from that art contest several months ago. Cant figure how to insert photos on here anymore. From the photos, its hard to believe Phase 1 will be completed by November. The stages and seating look pretty awesome, but unfortunately my battery died. I think 150 ft is the maximum distance from the farthest seats to the stage. The tour guide repeatedly emphasizes how this art center is "for the people", transparent for all, and that the focal point is the 300 ppl capacity Pugh stage dedicating to local artists.
  7. 1 point
    I hate to get involved in this, but I must mention there is such a thing as class and it is not coterminous with race. Pet peeve of mine, our nation's endless public discussion of race is often used as an excuse to not talk about class. Interstates and other large capital projects unfortunately victimize poor neighborhoods for very practical reasons. Look what happens when you build thru affluent areas: 440 was incredibly expensive, 840 was delayed by lawyers for years. And it's unfair to take that pearl-wearing fool as typical of the entire district.
  8. 1 point
    Ladies and Gentlemen... I present to you 811 Peachtree
  9. 1 point
    West End may be the main blood vein of Midtown, so to speak, but Church Street has probably the strongest potential to be an incredibly dense and walkable street from the interstate all the way to where it turns into Elliston Place over the next several years. Charlotte I just never see reaching its fullest potential for various reasons but Church could truly become a hot street, like St. Louis' Washington Street.
  10. 1 point
    I respectfully disagree my friend and brother, but race is a factor in everything, especially in capital projects such as this. Remember the interstates divided neighborhoods? They were constructed in poor parts of town. Regardless, if you are correct, then what did this woman mean when saying "those people"?
  11. 1 point
    Bentonville downtown has become such an interesting location. I wonder what will ever happen with the old fairgrounds...
  12. 1 point
    Id like to know what building was torn down to build the round building.
  13. 1 point
    My problem was never the original building - it was perfect for its site and the times. What I always found hideous was how the addition of the upper floors was done on the cheap in the 70's: not only did the dark glass not match the initial structure, but the roof (and the signage) were all of a quality one might have expected on a 7-Eleven. It was quite obvious that one part was done by architects interested in quality while the other was done simply on the basis of cost.
  14. 1 point
    I wasn't sure if he had any specific agenda, but I took his boundary cherry-picking to indicate that he's more interested in generating trivia than presenting useful information. "Gee did you know that technically, by one metric, LA is more dense than NYC? Neat!"
  15. 1 point
    Mary Newsome picked this up a couple days ago, some interesting points by her and others: http://nakedcityblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/not-just-unwalkable-charlotte-is-least.html#comment-form Takeaway: The numbers are a bit misleading with the boundary games
  16. 1 point
    As a former resident of the rock block (aka Elliston Place) I have to admit, I'm a little reluctant to see anything "shinny" through the stretch. The beauty of Elliston is that's it's one of the last truly gritty urban neighborhoods in town. Then again, I absolutely agree that it has a huge amount of untapped potential. I'm looking forward to it's development, but I hope that we don't lose too much of the past. The old Hume-Fogg site could have been a mighty fine urban park. Granted, it's only blocks from Centennial, but it was a great green space for the people that lived there. Elliston 23 (or whatever it's called) is nice, but I hope it's seen as a starting point for Tony et all. The destruction of The Mayfair was a travesty on an epic scale. Most people in Nashville could probably care less, but that was a beautiful building that can't be recreated. I hope that Elliston is developed in a major way, but I also hope the future of Elliston holds true to some of that grit.
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  18. 1 point
    Superhuman dutch people. Have you seen how tall people are around here? All white cars and all white people again. I'm sensing a New World Order trend... Working on it.
  19. 1 point
    Here's the revised rendering, the top is Lafayette St side; the bottom is Watson Street (immediately behind Legacy Bldg) elevation. More muted colors, more traditional form, more brick.
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  21. 1 point
    Well, it seems I can't just copy paste URL's for some reason, but Mark Schlueb of the OS reported the brise soleil will be saved. Patty Sheehan has pledged a $70k budget to dismantle, truck/store, and re-install in some yet to be determined manner. They had a pic of the original two story version.
  22. 1 point
    Oh puhlease. Give me Dunkin and call it a day!
  23. 1 point
    Yeah looking at it again it does look great. Just a wonderful addition to the area....now if we can just get rid of all those other parking lots
  24. 1 point
    The wind turbines used in the large scale wind farms create an ultrasonic sine wave undetectable to the human ear. However, this wave stimulates the hippocampus in the brain in a way that makes the general populace more docile and receptive to commands from the New World Order. At least that's what I read on the interwebs somewhere.
  25. 1 point
    They will find a home MilZ, they will surely find a home...
  26. 1 point
    So are we going to get some nice landscaping back in outfield where the proposed hotel is to be built?

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