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AuLukey last won the day on September 1 2012

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  1. AuLukey

    University City Projects/News

    I very carefully worded it that way to avoid exactly that. I say attach the “proposed” deck to the front of Office Depot (a la Midtown Target/TJ/BB) and cover that entire lot. Or just tear down that building and build something that actually engages the lakefront better than the blank backside of a retail big box.
  2. AuLukey

    University City Projects/News

    The boardwalk is just fine IMO. It has charm in it’s datedness, not everything needs to be ultra-modern. IMO, it’s the big-box side that needs to be scrapped and reimagined. Those old empty shells have become a revolving door for one failed store after the next; it’s time to move on. JW Clay has the potential to be one of the city’s gems. The proper infrastructure is already there and soon it will have a much-needed direct connection to URP once the JW Clay-Research Drive bridge is built. I say tear down that whole side and line the road with five to eight story mixed-use retail/res/office. Nothing crazy, this doesn’t need to be Ballantyne. The boardwalk is a valuable asset they can easily leverage as a selling point to tenants. To alleviate parking strain for the boardwalk, add a deck next to where the Chick-fil-A is currently and call it a day.
  3. AuLukey

    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    And no “NC” in sight. But come on man, those updates are ridiculous!
  4. My only issue with a hypothetical convention hotel going in this plot is purely about aesthetics. If this shares this plot with Ally, the footprint can’t be very big unless they also use the top of the parking deck as well. That would be all well and fine, except it would be a taller tower lost in a sea of towers (DEC, DEC2, TP, & TP2.) Which IMO is a good problem to have; but it would be a shame.
  5. AuLukey

    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Not sure if this will post or not. A photo on Instagram exemplifying Charlotte’s current main transit hub pretty well. Edit: couldn’t get the image to link, so here’s the photo’s link itself: http://
  6. AuLukey

    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    We stayed at a Marriott in DC this past week and found something unexpected; as soon as you turn on the tv in your room there is a Marriott video loop highlighting the innovations that take place in their Charlotte (no NC) City Center location. They call it “M Beta” and they really hype up Charlotte in both the video and on their website for the hotel. Here’s a little bit from their site: “Charlotte has undergone dramatic growth over the past decade, and we are right in the middle of it all. Charlotte Marriott City Center breaks the mold of hotel innovation trends with a whole new way of thinking. The evolving Charlotte community has brought an influx of entrepreneurs and businesses that embrace change, making it the ideal location for our innovation hotel. Part showcase, part lab and all hospitality.” I can’t say for sure, but I feel like this same video probably plays in every Marriott in the nation (if not the globe.)
  7. They could have used spread out pavers or grid/checker pavers with moss in between; would have held up to foot traffic and grown without much sun. I honestly don’t expect this to be a high traffic area, it doesn’t connect anything. So I highly doubt there is a need for artificial turf over low-light-requiring ground cover. There is, however, sustainable/responsible turf out there that also looks pretty convincing. And, due to the lack of water/chemical needs, it actually helps buildings reach LEED certification. So, yes, urban heat is a problem. But this small patch is not going to have an effect; it won’t get sun, so it won’t reflect the heat. Not to poke the bear, but the real problem contributing to our heat island is the asphalt roads and parking lots, not this.
  8. AuLukey

    509 South Tryon | Possible Duke Energy Tower

    See what you’ve done?...
  9. AuLukey

    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    I’ve always wondered what the fudge that was. I just assumed it was some kind of urban fire preparedness/training tower.
  10. AuLukey

    Crescent Stonewall Station

    Forgive the terrible picture. But I’m glad they’re covering the open parts of the deck. This is awesome looking in person. I wish this is what they would do with the deck at 230 South Tryon.
  11. AuLukey

    Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    New Orleans
  12. Up up and away! These hotel rooms are gonna have a killer view though.
  13. AuLukey

    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Man, Tryon Place is such a letdown. I can’t believe how insignificant it is from this angle. You think the RNB tower will still poke out behind the finished crowd at LU?
  14. AuLukey

    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    I use the turnpike every time I head down to south Florida and the interstate tolls lanes in Atlanta and Miami. They each have their merits, but I feel like a separate toll road would have been much less polarizing than using the space on a previously un-widened I-77. The issue is the “why not me” problem. Every other interstate and major highway in Charlotte has been widened with free lanes while Northern Meck remained congested. When it finally became their turn, it seems like they got the shaft. I found this graphic on highway creation and widening in Charlotte. It’s obviously skewed, but it does a decent job of explaining the point.