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  1. My wife and I are taking my parents out on Christmas Eve for dinner and we're trying to decide on a restaurant. We're looking for something pretty high-end - Italian, steaks/seafood, or upscale Southern food would fit the bill. We want it to be a pretty special experience. Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  2. My vote would be Queen City Rangers of Charlotte FC. I know its a mouthful, but could be shortened to QCR (akin to Queens Park Rangers, or QPR, a team based in London), and Rangers FC is the Protestant team based in Glasgow (Celtic being the Catholic team based in Glasgow) which would pay homage to many of our early settlers (Scots-Irish Presbyterians). Or, Queen Charlotte Rangers FC. Something along those lines. Logo would be a shield including the X flag of Scotland but with Panther blue instead of navy blue, and the logo would also include the palmetto emblem of SC and components of the NC flag as well. Also included would be the Charlotte crown. Colors would be Panther blue as the primary color, white and black and equal secondary colors, and red and gray as tertiary colors.
  3. I am from Charlotte, moved to Seattle in 2010. My wife's family is from the Seattle area, and I imagine I'll always be here. My parents still live in Charlotte, my sister lives in Wilson, but my wife is a homebody. Any sizable home (3,000+ SF) in even a halfway decent part of the Seattle area that won't be longer than a 1 hour commute to downtown is $1 MM +. The same house in Charlotte is under $500K. I would love to move back to Charlotte, and even if I earned what the cost of living calculators show would be the decreased salary I'd earn, I'd still have more money in my pocket at the end of the day, even when considering the income tax. So, unless you're earning 7 figures, NC is a way better place to be from a net earnings (and affordability) standpoint.
  4. @A2., just curious, but do you think the impending crash will be largely tied to stocks, real estate, or both? OR something different? Also, how much longer do you think we have before the proverbial sh!t hits the fan?
  5. I'm surprised that they're demolishing the shopping center on Providence in front of Rea "We Bulldozed The" Farms Village. That shopping center can't be more than 20 years old, probably newer. Seems like another tenant could have occupied the space. What are they replacing that plot with?
  6. This is such a great project - I can't believe the power lines weren't buried as part of the work. When is burying lines going to become a standard requirement with new development in Charlotte? Seems crazy.
  7. I'm holding out for MLS over MLB. Way more entertaining sport and has a much brighter future.
  8. Queen City Rangers of Carolina.
  9. I agree - this building is quite a yawner. I don't understand the love for it and the hate for LU1. At least LU1 tried to do something interesting. This is just a glass box that no one will ever notice in the skyline. A 2019 version of the BB&T tower. I'm already asleep.
  10. You aren't contemplating the fact that they were probably in for only ~$20K plus the interest expense tax write-off on their mortgage. It is a win, as is most long-held leveraged real estate.
  11. @Tyrone Wiggum, I've never had to Google so many area codes in my life before reading your post.
  12. I think Legacy Union will ultimately make up for any shortcomings in the daylight when the night lighting scheme debuts. Much like keeping the lights off during intercourse, the physical flaws will be much less noticeable!
  13. The front side looks decent overall aside from the huge white strip along the roof line. The back side is pretty ugly; considering how prominent it is from the freeway, I would have expected a little more effort on the back. That said, overall, this has been a great project given that the area has gone from wasteland to a vibrant space.
  14. My brother in-law's family has a house on the Neuse River in Oriental. It sadly had a 9 foot storm surge and their ground floor was flooded. The good news is that they were planning on tearing down and rebuilding the house anyway in the next few weeks, so they might get some flood insurance proceeds out of it to fund the demo. So, ultimately, this might work out ok for them. Hoping the recovery is rapid for everyone else.
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