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  1. Skyybutter

    Charlotte Photo of the Day

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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    This road design is exactly what they did at Poplar Tent and 85 with the new widening. I didnt notice in the picture here but on Poplar Tent there are Stop lights for the traffic making the U turn. Poplar Tent also has that design where you are driving on the wrong side of the road over the interstate , which is still strange, but its working I guess. Its a very controlled way of distrubting the traffic during rush hour especially. It seems to do a better job at evenly distributing traffic in areas that normally see traffic stand stills. BTW. I always make my uturn on red if its safe on Poplar. Most dont, but some do. Options are great to have. All great cities have them right"?
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    One word Charlotte doesnt believe in is NEVER!.... I get everything you are saying , but Charlotte has been told never regarding so many things. The original Charlotte hornets NBA franchise, The Panthers NFL franchise was laughed at throughout the country!. The longer your a resident , the more you will see that being told "it'll never happen" is motivation in Charlotte . Magical things happen every day here. It's fun to watch!!
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Take John Belk around by BofA and get on 77N that way, theres no back up ever . Sitting on the other side of 277 to get on 77N is maddening. Once you get on 77N to 85N is still a mess, but Ive actually stayed on 77N to Inner 485 and stayed on 485 to the 29/Speedway exit just to avoid the stop and go.
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Same here. As long as theres a new tallest before I check out of this CF called life. Im 40, but I hope I dont have to wait til Im 80. Cheers!
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    THANK YOU, finally. When I moved to Philly I was just shocked at the racial hostility and economic disparity. And then the drugs,,,,all over the place. Crack on the westside , herion in North Philly, Cocaine everywhere and meth in the Gay areas. It was like the powers that be were experamenting on their own city,. SO I moved 30 minutes from the city limits. Living in Philadelphia was truly depressing and had a pervasive hopeless feeling. Charlotte imo is MUCH farther along regarding race relations and neighborhood integration. University City is really the only TRUE diverse area of the city, Having diverse neighborhoods is the norm in UC and everyone gets along fine. In fact we kind of laugh at the rest of the city because of how fearful the idea of diversity is to so many Charlotteans.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    So I live in Concord about 5 mins from Harrisburg, I have many options to get into Charlotte and the one I take going in is rarely the same one I use coming out. Because of of the terrible merging issue onto 77 from the Brookshire I now take John Belk and exit N onto 77. Normally I would then merge onto 85 and take exit 49 Concord Mills to get home. I have now discovered its quicker, keeps moving for the most part and i avoid 85 completely. What is it you ask? I stay on 77N take Inner 485 cross over 85, its 4 lanes the entire time on 485 btw. Then I take hwy 29 exit which is the first exit after you cross 85 on the inner towards Mint Hill/Matthews. Its so awesome. I may never use 85 again!!!!
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    Urban Apartment Boom (Raleigh)

    Kudos to Raleigh and the Complete Triangle CSA for its impressive. I do hope Wake county passes Meck Co soon , so that can be put to rest, We have accepted that we will no longer have those bragging rights. Oh well. Im impressed with the surge in the 5-8 floor developments sprouting up around the Triangle. I love that NC has two power houses in regards to population, GDP, and in their own very different ways they are destination cities. Raleigh being the state capital with amazing museums and great shopping. Superb Universities all over the area. Charlotte for its somewhat flashier side of high end shopping in all ways and its own museums and theaters. A vibrant uptown area with upwards of 15,000 within a couple of square miles.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Hi NASHVILLE FROM CHARLOTTE!! All I can say is very very very impressive. I last looked at your city on UP probably 4-5 yrs ago and I was not impressed just to be blunt. But after browsing this project thread I must say I'm super impressed. I think you guys could give Charlotte a run for her money over the next decade or so. Being from NC and having lived in or within 15 miles of uptown for about 20 yrs+ I am used to cranes and constant construction. I think I counted at least 7 or 8 cranes in a few of Nashville's recent photos. Im not overly impressed with a lot of the current architecture but the new towers are truly going to transform Nashville. I love Charlotte and I will always be partial to my city, but there's always room at the top. I love that southern cities like Nashville, Austin and Charlotte and of course Atlanta are making such amazing strides. I love the direction we are all going in and I think it's only going to get better. Once again, Nashvilles skyline is becoming big and beautiful and I will be watching these towers grow ever upwards!! I admit that I've only been to Nashville with work when I was a Flight Attendant and I stayed very close to the airport, so I haven't experienced Nashville per say.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    In today's world of international and domestic terrorism Im not so sure that people throughout the country are overly concerned with the riots in Charlotte. For sure we are though. It affects us right in our back yard and is something most of us haven't seen in real life. It was sad, scary and sadly people lost their lives. Im all for peaceful protest as my community , the LGBT community pretty much perfected the art of the What havent we protested about. But it was needed and it made change. The riots in Charlotte, though ugly and somewhat embarrassing, brought the city back to the table of race discussions. God forbid what happened in Charleston ever happen here. I think what Charlotte is known for nationwide is coming together as a city and getting things done. If we want something we make it happen, from professional sports to light rail we find a way and thats while all the while having to fight with Raleigh all along the way about something. We are strong, determined and moving forward.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    85N at Mallard Creek Ch and at the exit to get off 85 and to enter the 485 inner loop is a nightmare at rush hour. I believe people are given just one lane to get off 85 and merge onto inner 485. Otherwise if your on 485 outer and want to get on 85S it is pretty good. You have to deal with some traffic from people traveling from 485S onto 85 but it's not so bad. Get ready though, Cabarrus is about to explode with growth like never before. Apartments are going up in places I would have never dreamed and 2017 and 2018 will see some huge announcements in the way of housing developments. I wouldnt be surprised to see something along the lines of Birkdale announced, and a housing development as large as Highland Creek is very likely. The county recently passed 200,000 in terms of population and has announced a new High School in the city limits as opposed to the county which I find very interesting. It is not replacing Concord High , it is just an additional High School. Interesting times up North
  13. Skyybutter

    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Great resource. Personally I say go ahead and widen 77 from Statesville to Charlotte with 5 lanes in each direction. It's either now or later. Go ahead and take care of it. The same goes for 485. 5 lanes each way inner and outer. Enough of pretending the growth isn;t going to happen. IT IS and we have to plan out 30 years.
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Charlotte has reached a new plateau and it;s awesome to see happen. The thing I have always loved about Charlotte is that it continues to surprise us. The architecture isn't always the best , but I must say The Garrison and the new hotel across from it are superb. I think we can all agree that the North End of Uptown desperately needs more activity. I love the twin apartment towers so to speak, but I had hoped for something more in the 40 floor range especially since it's right at inner 277 and it would have made such a bigger statement. The good news is that there is plenty of other tracts to be developed nearby.
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    I live in Concord and for anyone who lives or travels to the Northeast part of the metro you can hopefully agree that the Construction on 85 is going to be the last it sees for decade upon decade. \I have to say they did a great job on the first they are working on the part from exit 55 to Rowan county. It will be widened from Gastonia all the way to Raleigh. Finally. Its only 20 years late. I swear sometimes it fee;s like 85 is already at capacity from Poplar Tent{exit 52} a;; the way into the city.....Its amazing how its changed. There was talk at one time for Cats to work with Cabarrus County to try and extend the Blue Line Ext all the way to at least the speedway. I think it will happen , but theres no talk to my knowledge anymore. I think it will more like 2030..Once we hopefully see the extension have record ridership, I think they(the state, Cabarrus and Charlotte} will see that transit can work in Cabarrus. For now Ill just take 29(N.Tryon) to the first park and ride and ride uptown. Im actually super excited. BTW dont bother referring to the Interstates in NC and around Charlotte with "the" in front of them. Its not like California. We just say ..."77,85,26........etc" The true nightmare is what to do about the nightmare that is the Southern leg of 485 and 77 around the Lake