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  1. More boutique hotel options outside of uptown in neighborhoods like NODA, Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth, Dilworth, Southend, etc..... There are just no options for overnight stays in these areas which have the bulk of the music venues, bars, restaurants and entertainment options outside of uptown. Right now there are just Uptown hotels and ones clustered on Interstate exits. I would think there would be a pent up demand for options in these areas. i know whenever I have friends coming into town they ask about hotel options in these areas and I have to direct them to hotels uptown instead.
  2. I think the neighborhood association of all three neighborhoods (Villa Heights, Optimist Park and Belmont) were trying to bill the area as "The Eco-District." http://www.power2charlotte.com/energy-initiatives/neighborhood-energy-challenge/eco-district.aspx
  3. As a resident who lives in Villa Heights for the past year I really like my neighborhood and neighbors. There are a lot of residents that have moved in within the past couple of years and the neighborhood has changed a lot from what I have heard from some of the first people that bought in the area. There have been several minor incidents in the neighborhood but the communtiy association is very active and is working hard to make it safer. However; after listening to friends that live in Plaza Midwood and NODA I actually feel much safer where I am and as of now havent had any issues. My ne
  4. Ok, I was mistaken. I thought that this land incorporated the property the Treolar building was on. I wasn't aware of the proposal to move it on to the property. Hopefully even though this will not be incorporated in the design it will provide an incentive for someone to come in and renovate this structure. I stand corrected.
  5. I can't believe Charlotte would want to demolish another older building in downtown. I know this building is currently run-down and I'm not sure if it has any historical significance. However; one of the things I hear about our city from outsiders is how plastic it looks. We have torn down all of our older structures to replace them with something new and shiny. Why not save this building and work to incorporate it into the park. I have always thought it was an amazing looking structure. It's sad to see another one succumb to the wrecking ball. I wish our city leaders would value preser
  6. Today the Charlotte Observer ran a story about Charlotte Pipe and Foundry potentially moving their operations to Stanley County. This would leave a huge piece of valuable real estate open downtown. Their facility is located off of South Clarkson behind the Morehead Commons Site. They have about 40 acres on both sides of I-277. I drive by this location everyday and I think it is an eyesore coming into uptown. I hope that this gets grabbed up and developed, it would make a great addition to Uptown and could clean up that area making the drive into uptown much more pleasing. Im sure that a
  7. Yeah, I used to have to park in one when I worked in NYC. The only thing I have wondered is what happens when this thing breaks down? I remember when the elevator in NYC broke while I was at work and they told me to come back tomorrow. Since I lived in NJ and not within walking distance to a train station I had to spend the night in the city. So what happens when the elevator in this building breaks down and residents cant get their cars out for a couple of days? Since, I'm sure there wont be many contractors who can fix this type of elevator at the drop of a hat here in Charlotte. I'm
  8. Dubone you made my morning. Very funny. Good read and you hit the nail on the head with all of these issues. From someone who grew up and went to college outside of Charlotte, University City has always been a place that I have perceived to be a suburban detached area of the city proper. And I think that it will take a lot more than bringing light rail into the area to increase its connectivity. Furthermore UNCC seems detached from University City. It is kind of set back hidden and an entity of its own. Universities such as NCSU, UNC, AppState, and even UNCG have better connectivity wit
  9. Sorry if this has been discussed before. But I was looking on the Center City Partners Website and I thought I was looking at an error. It seems that they mixed up the picture of the new Cityview Terraces at the corner of 12th and Poplar with Industry-29 off of Commonwealth and Briar Creek. But they didn't. Yes they are copying the same buildings in both neighborhoods. http://cityviewterrace.com/ http://www.industry29.com/ When Industry-29 renderings came out I was really excited about this project. It was a different design and I felt it would bring a new product to Charlotte.
  10. Yeah I think your right about 2009. Not only because the mall itself is so large but because if this is going to happen then Lawyers Road will need to be totally redone at this location along with the 485-interchange, I expect, to accommodate the traffic load. They are talking about putting in a roundabout on Lawyers road to help deal with the sharp curves and to ease traffic flow. Also, a lot of engineering controls will need to be put into place to limit the impact of this development to Goose Creek because of the Heelsplitter. But I think once this project gets up and running it wil
  11. Well its official groundbreaking for this project started today. They have equipment on-site and grading has begun. Several residential structures need to be demolished but they are vacant and have demolition signs posted in front of them. Looks like this project is moving ahead after all.
  12. While I see violent crime as an issue in Charlotte as in most big cities. I don't think it is as bad as people think it is. Having lived here for a couple of years I keep hearing from locals about how bad crime is. Well Charlotte is a metro area, yes there is going to be crime. Even though a lot of Charlotte looks and feels like the suburbs, it is still a city. But Ive got to tell you I have really never felt unsafe in Charlotte even in some of the bad areas of town. Ask someone from Detroit, Philly or Atlanta about crime if you think it is so bad here. And according to the statistics v
  13. I agree the Money Magazine, Forbe Lists, etc. are pretty much worthless. They data that they base these lists on are entirely nebulous and imprecise ways to calculate such broad regional inventories. Most of the cities on the list are like comparing big apples to little oranges. The Observer stated that they used 2005 crime data.....huh?....that makes no sense to use outdated data in a list based on 2007. Furthermore, I live in Charlotte and Ive got to tell you that having a certain number of Superfund sites in my metro area really does not affect my happiness level, what a useless indicat
  14. Here are some pics of our masses of cranes uptown. As for our new tourism slogan "Charlotte's got a lot......of cranes!" The second picture is of the new Charlotte School of Law. They are rolling right along with that building. It will have a great view of the skyline from that location.
  15. I know that the issue of the heelsplitter is a moot issue at this point. The developer has already gotten the go-ahead from the state to be able to build at this site after applying numerous mitigation techniques, engineering controls, and design plans that help limit the impact to the Goose Creek Basin (or so they say). And from what I have heard the Stallings Mall is not going to happen. The mayor of Stallings was trying to push this issue to have a developer come and build a mall there but it did not happen. The issue I am most concerned with is that because of economic issues with the
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