BobbyRobert

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  1. BobbyRobert

    The Vue

    today's business journal says in a brief article in the Vue's new owners: "a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday."
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    Good New Restaurants

    Had lunch at the Coffee Cup in University City today. It was PACKED and the food was good (just like the old place). Unfortunatly it was expensive! I think they jacked up all their prices. My vegi plate was $8 and Fried Chicken lunch was $9. Despite that, the cup is a nice addition to UC.
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    Dilworth Projects (Kenilworth, Morehead, East)

    demolition has begun at the former longhorn site at Euclid and Morehead. I have not heard what is going up.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Sorry about the digression but I found some interesting data that suggests (to me) that gas and vehicle taxes only pay for 52% of road building expenses. The table is from the FHWA and can be found here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohim/hs04/htm/hf10.htm Am I interpreting it correctly? If so wouldn't this be a useful bit of data in the sprawl / transit debate? Apologies if it has been covered before.
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    Dilworth Projects (Kenilworth, Morehead, East)

    File this under unsubstantiated: Panera has abandoned its plans for the old Longhorn site. The building does not meet their requirements and the lease terms were too steep even for them. (this is from a business owner down the street, probably not the most objective source). Just wanted to perpetuate the rumor.....
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    Dilworth Projects (Kenilworth, Morehead, East)

    drove by today, the foundation appears to be nearly complete and a very large crane is on site
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    Optimist Park / Belmont Projects

    try here for CMPD data (I have not used it in a while so I can't vouch for its currency): http://maps.cmpdweb.org/cmpdnet/map.aspx
  8. I haven't heard anything about Radiator Specialty in a while. Has this died? (sorry for the parasitic post)
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    property and income taxes are much higher in Montgomery county MD than in Mecklenburg
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Would Donald have access to this sort of news? (not saying he doesn't, just wondering if he would be in these kind of loops) I am concerned that this could cut both ways. I can see how Turmp's cachet and marketing machine will make the uptown market much more visible and attractive, but I can also see a case where this rumor could scare off a bunch of less well financed high-rise developers (The vue?). I am admitedly out of my area here, I hope I am wrong.
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    Cherry Neighborhood Projects and Gentrification Issues

    I am not sure that is fair. Long before UrbanPlanet existed the city and earlier incarnations of Bank of America financed the Cherry neighborhood association to allow it to purchase properties and rent them at subsidized rates. The sale of some of these properties is what we are currently debating. While I suspect that we would all agree this effort failed to maintain the neighborhood in livable condition the association certainly was able to preserve the neighborhood for an additional decade or so. I guess the question we are struggling with is how much effort should we expend to preserve the culture of a neighborhood.
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    Cherry Neighborhood Projects and Gentrification Issues

    I can't speak to NoDa specifically but North Carolina's mill villages (and NoDa was one) were almost entirely white, so I would be surprised if there was a racial component to gentrification in North Davidson. Folks with more knowledge of Charlotte history feel free to correct me. EDIT: This note refered to a post that has been removed
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    Cherry Neighborhood Projects and Gentrification Issues

    This is one of the most thoughtful discussions of gentrification I have ever read (and I have seen a lot). Thank you! I would like to point out that we need to be careful about what we choose to preserve. Why do we want to maintain Cherry in its current state? Given the amount of wasted space in the neighborhood (best exemplified by its dozens of boarded up houses) something must change, thoughtful development is (IMO) the neighborhoods only hope of survival. The NoDa example is an informative one, its artsy vibe was manufactured by displacing some of the mill workers who were the first inhabitants of the neighborhood. The selective preservation of the past in NoDa's case allows all of Charlotte to grow beyond the neighborhoods poverty, segregation and paternalism and introduce outsiders to some of the neighborhood's proud heritage. The culture of old North Charlotte would have likely dissapeared entirely if we had left the neighborhood to disintegrate. Despite my opinion that neighborhood change (aka gentrification) is inevitable (and mostly positive) in a growing urban environment I would much prefer to sit on a bar stool in Pat's Time for One More than listen to another hippie drum circle.
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    Charlotte Supermarkets

    sorry, I was being lazy, I meant to say Park Rd shopping center store. Thus the source of my question. I am curious if HT thinks the demographics of the scalybark area are going to change.