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  1. fortyniner

    Charlotte Hornets and the Arena

    Cougars? You've got to be kidding. The Cougars were based in Greensboro, playing there, in Raleigh, and in Charlotte. Hornets is unique to Charlotte. Even our old baseball team used the name before the Knights came into existence. The Hornets, prior to George Shinn's greed and threats to move the team, were fun to watch. Great teal colors. Good music at the games. Even WBT's broadcasts ended with the "We love you, Charlotte Hornets" song (I believe it was written by Maurice Williams). Certainly bring back the Hornets name and colors, and Hugo the mascot. That alone will not make the team better, but it will help energize the fan base. I, as one Charlottean, don't like orange. I'll bet there are plenty more out there that feel as I do.
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    Independence Corridor

    Whatever the corporate name is, there is and has been a Rose's store at Abbey Plaza in Belmont. Take the first exit on I-85 after crossing the Catawba into Gaston County. Go left at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Rose's is less than 1/4 mile on the right.
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    Charlotte Greenways and Trails

    Per this weeks County Commissioners' meeting, they are only funding the CPCC parking deck enough to pay for contracts and equipment orders already in the pipeline. After that, the project will go dormant until the economy recovers (years, maybe?). The parking lot (Lot 3) near the creek won't be removed until the deck is finished. (At least the commissioners directed staff to include the "shovel-ready" deck in the county's federal stimulus wish list; reps from the county go to DC next week to deliver their list of stimulus projects.) Assuming this project isn't picked up by Uncle Samta Claus, concrete equipment and such may be stored on a part of Lot 3 for the INDEFINITE future. The total amount to be spent will be $5 million, with the balance of the $20+ million deck held back until the all clear is sounded on the economy (again, years??). Outside of Midtown, this is probably the key link in the whole Sugar Creek greenway. Hopefully, the feds will help out. Who knows? Per this weeks County Commissioners' meeting, they are only funding the CPCC parking deck enough to pay for contracts and equipment orders already in the pipeline. After that, the project will go dormant until the economy recovers (years, maybe?). The parking lot (Lot 3) near the creek won't be removed until the deck is finished. (At least the commissioners directed staff to include the "shovel-ready" deck in the county's federal stimulus wish list; reps from the county go to DC next week to deliver their list of stimulus projects.) Assuming this project isn't picked up by Uncle Samta Claus, concrete equipment and such may be stored on a part of Lot 3 for the INDEFINITE future. The total amount to be spent will be $5 million, with the balance of the $20+ million deck held back until the all clear is sounded on the economy (again, years??). Outside of Midtown, this is probably the key link in the whole Sugar Creek greenway. Hopefully, the feds will help out. Who knows?
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    Charlotte Sports Complex (Bojangles Coliseum area)

    I was in favor of a downtown arena when the now-demolished coliseum was buit on Tyvola. As it turned out, I'm glad that one wasn't built downtown (or uptown). It was one of the last of its kind, with no skyboxes and had it been built uptown, it would have been difficult to persuade the city to find another piece of real estate for another coliseum. I know the current arena (which I like on the inside, not so much the exterior) has less seating. Had someone more basketball savy been awarded our second NBA franchise, I believe the place would be (and would have been from Day 1) packed to the rafters and we would be discussing our short-sightedness in building a smaller arena. More on topic, the current arena location seems ideal. Just look at CIAA attendees and their comments. As far as Panthers/Ericson/BofA Stadium, it is a source of pride, and the dead zone there would have been about as dead without the stadium. I think the minor league proposed stadium site is bad, and will create its own dead zone. Just too close in for a baseball venue. My biggest gripe is that it can't be expanded, so at best, I'm ambivilent as to whether this gets built (at this location). Overstreet Mall (and the failed City Fair) have done more to hurt street level retail than any of the sports venues uptown. I miss the 3 department stores, the Liggett's Drugs at the Square, the TWO STORY Sears further up North Tryon, the S&W cafeteria, Tanners, the Carolina and Imperial Theaters, and a few others, including Montaldo's. What I don't miss are the big crowds lined up against the buildings at the Square waiting for a bus or a transfer. Also the XXX Charlotte Theater near the Square on West Trade, the lack of any public space downtown, the narrower sidewalks, the lack of any "real" restaurants (we're still working on that one I guess. I'm probably longing for an all night diner here), the real slum that was Brooklyn. I know that was home to many, but it was not a pretty sight, and likely dozens of lives were saved by raising it. I really hope Brevard can be developed with some nice retail, and more as the denser core grows out, and the revamping of Founder's Hall should help retail in the city. Sports venues haven't killed retail. Public and private planners did that. The Arena missed the boat when their street front retail was built so blandly, so small, and without venting. That's why Matt's backed out of that site, as I recall.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Remember, the North line is not Light Rail. It's commuter rail. The Northeast line would be Light Rail. After the experience in Los Angeles last week, I would be inclined to do that project right and add a dedicated track. Hard to justify financially, given the scheduled number of daily runs.
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    UNC Charlotte Football

    Hopefully, a "Yes" vote will be announced by the chancellor this morning. With all of the negative economic news (especially this week) and the possible loss of the Wachovia HQ, this could be a shot in the arm. I think after the 5 year waiting period, real college football in Char/Meck will be a success (at least off the field) and another magnet for newcomers and a real ammenity to long-time residents. It would be a boon for University City on game days, and for restaurants and hotels around the area. Anyway, I'm hopeful for a dose of positive news!
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    I AGREE Billy Graham Pkwy. isn't the highest priority. As for not turning it into an expressway, a la Wendover and Cone in Greensboro, it's already limited access, with the only driveways being an exit only at CharlottePark and the Billy Graham Library. I don't see how eliminating the intersections with traffic signals would change anything, other than avoiding potential car crashes. BTW, BGP is one DARK road at night. I'm sure it would be just as dark, if it were located in Raleigh. LOL. I don't live in the northern part of Mecklenburg, but I would think Mecklenburg residents in the north would agree I-77 north is the most urgent. That road is a parking lot almost every time I head in that direction. It would also seem to be fair to the developer who is widening a portion of the highway. Let's help those who help themselves. Or has Mr. Murdock or Martha herself ordained I-85 as the top priority? The same argument I raised above would apply to I-85 and the money he has poured into K-Town. I just think I-77 North would help more Mecklenburg tax payers. Maybe by not improving I-77, we will have a self fulfilling prophecy, and many northern Meck residents will feel shafted and move elsewhere in the region. I'm not saying I-85 isn't the state's backbone or isn't important; I just feel I-77 improvements will help more Charlotte/Mecklenburgers. I'm just feeling a little parochial about this one.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    There is also the "somewhat impending" plan to open the shoulders of I-485 South to traffic. If any of these so-called "excess funds" were to be used to widen I-485 South, wouldn't that just make the plan to use the shoulders irrelevant, and a waste of time and dollars? Originally, Billy Graham Parkway was supposed to be limited access, with interchanges, not traffic signals. The State decided to save some money and only the Tyvola interchange was ever built. Are any local officials ever going to call the State's hand on this one? What about Brookshire Freeway? It was supposed to be a freeway all the way north of I-85. Instead, we have the Bellhaven Blvd. merger with the Brookshire. What about the freeway entrance from I-85 to the airport terminal? Charlotteans need to demand what is already rightfully theirs be built. I do agree the MOST pressing needs are I-77 widening (north, then south), and I-85 widening to the Yadkin River. The CDOT needs to send the NCDOT a bill for past due late charges!
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Since no announcement of the project has been made, of course pricing hasn't been discussed. I am only conjecturing that units in the Trump would be high quality, and you get what you pay for. I doubt a large chunk will go as Section 8 housing. This would be a project where just the Trump name would increase the value, at least in many buyers' opinion. It would be great if the units were to be competitively priced, relative to other uptown condos; I just am of the opinion that they would be a higher quality project, and priced to reflect that. It's only my guess, and I have no insider knowledge to base it on.
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Given the history of earthquakes in Japan, it's not so surprising people don't want to be so stacked up there. Land intensive projects such as Beazer's Morehead fiasco don't have the same wow factor as a beautiful highrise, and Trump has a rep for wow projects. On one hand, the current mortgage woes and shrinking economy might delay this project longer. On the other hand, the delays or cancellations of some of the other uptown projects may make the Trump an easier sell. By the way, his project is for people who have plenty of financial assets, and just in the last day or so, I've read that the super rich are getting richer. I still have not given up on the Trumpster's Charlotte Adventure.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    I wonder what Ghazi's side of the story is? Based on the info in the Big O, I would hope the parties make nice, take the matter to an arbitrator, and get on with the condo tower. I would hate to see this scrapped, and it would detract from the glitter that will make Epicentre exciting. As thise contracts start to expire, time is of the essence, if the project is to be saved.
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    Metropolitan, Midtown Redevelopment

    I went there Friday about 12:45pm. Due to a lot of factors, traffic was horrendous. Parked on Level 1 with easy entrance to the store. The staff I spoke with were well trained and friendly. The store layout was slightly different, but you would feel "at home" there. Not a big difference from most any other Best Buy. When Metropolitan construction ends, I hope it will be easier to get around on Kings Drive. I only wish it were even closer in to uptown. My bad for the timing of the visit, but I was meeting an uptown worker friend for lunch at Arby's and we decided to squeeze in a visit to the BB. I like the urban vibe and enjoyed avoiding those seas of asphalt the other stores have. Now I'm waiting on the Lowe's in South End to debut.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    That was the point of my question. Do you feel that to cut the initial capital costs, the (proposed) northeast line's stations would only be built for 2 car capacity. It makes all the sense in the world to build them for 3 car capacity, I just wonder if we will, and would it make any difference to the feds who may be funding a portion of the line?
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    In order to cut costs, the existing south blue line stations were designed to handle 2 cars, but were originally planned to handle 3 cars. I imagine to make the northeast blue line more palatible to the feds, those stations will also be designed for 2 cars. I would hope if that is the case, the design of the stations will be such that major re-engineering won't be needed to expand them in the future to 3 car capacity. Given the success in ridership for the south line, there are times now when 3 car trains would make sense. I understand the carrying costs mentioned above, but in the event of any accident which would put 2 cars out of service (which the Observer mentioned a couple of weeks ago about an accident being "overdue" even now) perhaps we should exercise the option to keep 2 more cars, which rather than sitting idle, could also be used to increase capacity now on the single car trains. Does anyone know if the proposed northeast line would in fact have 2 car maximum capacity at the stations?
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    SouthPark Mall

    In Birmingham, the Belk store at the Summit (formerly Parisian) is going to be a "flagship" store. How many flagship stores can a chain have? I would have thought only one.