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    FNB Tower 401 S Graham St

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    Charlotte’s New Tallest Building

    I'd like to see something along the lines of the original tower design for First Union. I love the classic looking "crown" skyscrapers. I wouldn't mind something modern like London's Shard, but I definitely don't want a spire tower or box tower. As far as where, I think the block between 4th, 3rd, Brevard, and the light rail line would be a really great central location and would help balance the skyline. As it stands now, there's a bit of a gap between BofA and Duke Energy. Fill that hole! Or a much taller version of One Charlotte:
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Went Uptown last night for the Christkindlmarkt at Bearden Park. Loved the lighting schemes I saw, particularly on the new Barings building and DEC. Pardon the quality of some of these photos.
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    Carolina Panthers

    That's awesome to hear. There certainly has been a diaspora of Carolina fans across the country, myself included. Seattle even has it's own Roaring Riot chapter now. We had about 200 show up to the pre-game party a couple of years ago when we played the Seachickens here in Seattle.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    Just about all cities in the US are "segregated", mostly by socio-economic status but, often times, that correlates with racial clustering. Even in Seattle, a city that prides itself as an open, mixed society, is segregated in that the south side of town has historically been home to a large African American community and the rest of the city has generally been home to a mix of white and Asian inhabitants. With gentrification, the city is becoming less diverse, but the change is a result of $$ rather than racial issues. Now, we could go back and point to socio-economic disparities being partially the result of historical racial inequality, but that is a discussion for another time. In Seattle, gentrification has been accelerated by the "Amazon effect". All of this is to say that Charlotte, in my view, doesn't stand out as abnormally or uniquely segregated.
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    300 South Tryon and Kimpton Hotel

    Wow, what a beautiful project! Keep the photos coming! Would love to see some night photos with the LED lighting.
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    The deck on the south side of the tower seems like a missed opportunity. I hope they're building the deck to support a future building on top, but the site plan makes it look like it will just be the deck without anything on top.
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    300 South Tryon and Kimpton Hotel

    What a great project. I love rooftop bars, definitely hitting this up when I'm back in town. I'll just make sure to keep the flippy floppies at home.
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    Amazon HQ2

    Hello all, It's been quite a while for me since I've last been active (don't you worry, I've been lurking), but want to get back in the conversation and this topic is of particular interest to me. I moved from Charlotte to Seattle in 2010, right before Amazon moved into their fledgling South Lake Union campus. The transformation I've seen over the past 7 years in Seattle has been nothing short of monumental. 40-story apartment after 40-story apartment have risen over the past several years, and more and more keep coming. It's been awesome to see the urban development, but as many of you have already stated, it comes with issues. Traffic has worsened dramatically. Seattle's transportation infrastructure is lacking for a city of it's size and geographical constraints. You have a ton of people funneled into a relatively narrow isthmus between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Light rail is being expanded, but there isn't a stop that will directly serve South Lake Union or even Denny Triangle (where the current Amazon towers are being built). The "Seattle Process", which is basically the definition of bureaucratic nightmare, has hindered the city's ability to keep up with the growth, and to be frank, quality of life for most residents has suffered as a result. This is something every city bidding on HQ2 should keep in mind. I think the City of Charlotte generally has a history of being able to "get stuff done", at least compared to the City of Seattle, but the growth would strain the city nonetheless. Additionally, Amazon has made everything much more expensive (housing, transportation, restaurants, bars, entertainment, etc.). For people not earning tech salaries, this has put a strain on finances. Your everyday person's buying power has decreased with the arrival of Amazon, and many people who have contributed to the art/music reputation of Seattle are no longer able to afford to live there. Many of the cool, old grungy dive bars that Seattle is famous for have been demolished to make way for apartments and offices. This especially hit close to home when my favorite tiki dive bar got the wrecking ball this year. I still haven't gotten over it! It's been sad to see Seattle's history and cultural significance erode in the wake of the tech boom. On the other hand, the employers have to compete for employees, so the job market is really solid in Seattle. Also, there have been a lot of great restaurants open up, and there is an energy and vibrancy in the city. And lots of shiny, new skyscrapers :). In short, there is both good and bad that have come as a result of Amazon. Charlotte will be just fine whether it gets HQ2 or not. My parents still live in Charlotte, and I get back about twice per year. I've loved seeing Charlotte's growth over the past few years as well - it's a great city and maybe someday I'll move back. Happy to be back on UP! - cltheel.sdl
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    MLS in Charlotte?

    MLS in Charlotte would be awesome! I live in Seattle now, where soccer is huge...part of it is that I think Seattleites really wish they were Europeans, but I digress. The below video is from Kasey Keller's final game as a Sounder this past year:
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    Bearden Park in Third Ward, Uptown Charlotte

    Someone needs to go take pics of the work!
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Crispy Crepe and Bite Your Tongue? Sounds...awful. But, uh, I'm sure they'll be great!
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    Charlotte Photo of the Day

    Those power lines are killing me!
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    Charlotte Knights AAA Ballpark in Third Ward

    Reese is a nut job if he thinks MLS would be successful in Fort Mill (hell, we already know he's a nut job). My thoughts for an MLS stadium in Charlotte would be to take over Memorial Stadium and reconstruct it to a degree, widen the field, and add significant upgrades. Memorial could still be used for big high school football games, but it's the perfect size for an MLS soccer specific stadium. We could shoot for roughly a 25,000 seat stadium, and it would be perfect! Realistically, I think Charlotte could consistently draw ~20,000 or so on average, slightly above the MLS average of ~15,000. MLS stadiums in urban centers have been much more successful than those located in the burbs, so Reese is nuts if he thinks it will work in Fort Mill. Back to the subject of the Knights, though, I think the best location for their stadium would be the SW corner of uptown behind BofA Stadium, on the lot where Beazer was planning that townhome development. That would give it enough room to expand for MLB if a team came to town and it also would reduce the breakup in the urban fabric that would occur with a stadium close to Trade and Tryon.
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    Charlotte Checkers AAA Hockey

    Lucky! Wish I could be there. Go Checkers!