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  1. Construction seems to be moving along nicely.
    7 points
  2. In the FY16-17 Capital Improvement Budget Metro has designated SoBro as an area that needs more open spaces and public parks, and is dedicating resources to study the issue. With all the development coming, it's probably wise to make this a priority, before we become only a concrete jungle. We want development AND nature. It gives off a much more dynamic and healthy feel. Looking at an aerial on Google maps, there is a TON of space around the Howard Office Building. Lots of big parking lots. It makes sense to me to create a public-private partnership here. Have a developer build a huge pa
    6 points
  3. The CATS June quarterly report to the FTA has been released. It doesn’t contain anything earthshaking, although the Gold Line Phase 2 Small Starts Grant Agreement was finally signed in mid May. In addition, Gold Line ridership continues to both grow and exceed expectations: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/Documents/FTA%20Quarterly/FTA%20Quarterly%20Meeting%20160601.pdf BLE: The Revenue Service Date slipped from July 1, 2017 to July 21, 2017 this month. (page 24) – This is 20 days earlier than the publicly announced date Vehicle delivery will be complete i
    4 points
  4. Progress as of Thursday 5/26
    3 points
  5. What happened to the plan to build a pedestrian bridge to link the Gulch and SoBro areas? I thought it had been approved and funded but have seen no news about it in some time.
    2 points
  6. Gold Line average weekday ridership compiled from CATS quarterly FTA reports: April 2016: 1,773 January 2016: 1,707 October 2015: 1,709 August 2015: 1,682 July 2015: 1,507 (from Observer http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article32342751.html ) Projected ridership: 1,100 (also from Observer article above) Projected ridership (initial FTA grant application): 900 (from Observer article)
    1 point
  7. I think Nashvillians need to stop freaking out about traffic so much. Many, many cities far larger and far denser than Nashville is or will ever be have successfully leaped over that hurdle, and so will Nashville. The answer for combating traffic congestion is not to turn away development, but to encourage it. Density coupled with walkability helps reduce traffic congestion by encouraging pedestrian activity. There is a reason the sprawliest, least dense cities in this country generally have the most traffic issues.
    1 point
  8. As of September 2015 the city was still acquiring the necessary parcels, but yes, as far as I know, it is still on the table and a priority of Mayor Barry.
    1 point
  9. Which office tower lost its tenant? The only building under construction with a tenant that I'm aware of is 300 South Tryon. Babson is both financing and anchoring it, so that would be odd. At any rate, I don't think Charlotte's loss will necessarily be Columbia's gain. Companies looking to relocate to Charlotte also consider cities in the same class: Atlanta, Nashville, and maybe Raleigh. Columbia is not in that equation, so the best South Carolina can hope for is probably a manufacturing facility that otherwise would have located in Charlotte metro. I would argue that Rock Hill/Fort Mill are
    1 point
  10. Somebody on SkyscraperCity (user credit dbcook256) posted this photo of that 8-story apartment building under construction in Shockoe Bottom (Canal Lofts Phase V I think??) Very nice. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=879768&page=15
    1 point
  11. UPNoDa: Any airport has a limited amount of curb frontage length. This length in feet could be used to serve the maximum number of clients with buses efficiently or it could rather inefficiently be "Clogged up" with sedans carrying one or two people. Buses often carry people on wheelchairs and better meet ADA regulations. It makes more sense that these should be a little closer to the terminal curb. So, in these new designs the 3 closest lanes are for commercial and special use. The outside 5 lanes are for general use. Buses can be city transit, but most often they are airport bus
    1 point
  12. I love the NoDa Company Store. Brilliant use of a tricky lot. One of the best patio spaces I've seen. I just wish they sold coffee too. I know Smelly Cat is right there, but they both feel like the same patio space anyway. Also... EVERYTHING'S COMING UP MILL HOUSE!
    1 point
  13. Here are two prime two corners that need some key development. 1) NE corner of Third Avenue North and Church, and--right across the street-- 2) SE corner of Third Avenue North and Church. Both lots are nearly identical in square footage and shape. Currently they are vastly under-utilized as surface lots in an area of town that is heavily trafficked by foot and vehicle. UTGrad09 (Kevin) and I agree that some sort of twin buildings on each side of Church would be really cool, especially if they were bricked. His thought would be to connect it below-grade with a massive underground parking gar
    1 point
  14. I looked into this Bingham Cup thing a little bit more, and it turns out, it's a much bigger deal than I had realized. I mean, I guess if they're changing the lighting schemes on city landmarks it's gotta be more than a casual scrum in the park, but still, while not exactly The Olympics, there are teams here representing not only the major cities of the US and Canada, but also from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. Pretty cool!
    1 point
  15. Piedmont 767: It's 436 pages - but you should find that it answers all your questions covering CLT planning between 2013-2033 What you have is a crop of the future airport layout plan Some clarifications on what you typed: Runway 1-19 is shown as 12,000' X 150' on the ALP As a cost- saving measure, runway 1-19 may be built a little shorter. A Displaced threshold may be used to provide 11,700' for takeoffs in ether direction on runway 1-19 rather than the full 12,000 linear feet the parallel, linear concourse to the south is going to be for American Eagle reg
    1 point
  16. here ya go Paul, from 1992 sobro 1992 by willfry, on Flickr
    1 point
  17. Speaking of Metro Parks, here's a fun video showcasing Nashville's 80 miles of greenways. Not only does it offer great shots of downtown Nashville, it also features Mayor Barry walking a wallaby.
    1 point
  18. I can't explain how excited I am for this to get going! Any ideas for when ground breaking occurs?
    1 point
  19. I'm not sure how accurate and old this is, but this is/was the Master Plan for the Airport. It looks accurate and up-to-date but I'll try to find out if this is the actual Master Plan for CLT. The main features of the plan (as shown by the letters) are: A) Taxiway around 36C/18C to the new runway B) The new 12,500ft runway, tentatively called 1R/19L C) The new control tower D) New terminal, supposedly international (!!!!) E) Concourse B & C expansion F) New Concourse A Annex This plan makes my mouth drool, the
    1 point
  20. They tend to change it fairly often for events and almost any holiday...green for St. Patricks', red on Valentines, blue/gold for the Predators. Nice touch in my opinion.
    1 point
  21. The East Bank area is a natural progression for downtown development. The area between the river and I-24 is part of the Downtown Community Plan. Whereas the downtown, Midtown and Sobro areas feature narrow streets that are increasingly clogged, with few easy solutions even from a biking or transit standpoint, again owing mostly to how narrow the streets are to begin with, the East Bank has pretty unparalleled existing and potential accessibility through several modes of transportation. Woodland Street is identified as a countywide priority for bike infrastructure, with a particular emphasi
    1 point
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  23. I looked at this yesterday: http://parkscore.tpl.org/city.php?city=Charlotte It immediately jumped out at me that they have Charlotte Population at 999,426, and land area 332,295 acres. So they're really talking about Mecklenburg County, right? But if you look at their little map, they are generally not counting parks outside Charlotte. Just Mecklenburg County parks? Did they not know that the other municipalities own their own parks? When you look at the page for Raleigh, you'll see that they do not count Wake County outside of Raleigh.
    1 point
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  25. The design goals of the Grand River plan (GRForward) are to do away with much of the flood walls in the downtown area, by offering gradual access to the river so that you can in fact interact with the river, much like in Chicago. This would still maintain the flood protection, but offer the access. A good example of this is the Lyon Square design. I wonder, will the platforms depicted at river level be removable, or do they have a way to keep them in place with minimal damage from changes in river height and ice flow?
    1 point
  26. Walked that section last Summer, very cool. Kayakers were pulling right up to the steps and getting off (their kayaks)
    1 point
  27. Man, we need a direct LAX or SFO flight.
    1 point



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