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  1. Windsurfer

    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    Too bad the city has to dictate such a design and builders wouldn't recognize the potential already. I guess BOA did it on West Trade down at that campus across from the bus station. I used to own one of those little slots. The rent more than offset the price.
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    SouthEnd "Gold District"

    Besides, if it caught fire, it'd ruin all those bankers' ethic uptown. ;-) I've said it before, if I could sell my business I'd have to seriously consider opening a micro that served "Charlotte Gold", and have it located atop one of the old shafts. So much could do with that theme. One could even incorporate UNCC
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    Legacy Union (former Charlotte Observer redevelopment)

    This comes up from time to time on here. I'm old enough to remember when it was pursued in the 70's in many cities. I specifically remember Columbia, SC. Have they since reopened to traffic? What I remember were vacant sidewalks and a ghost town feel to it. While looking for information on Columbia, I came across this interesting article comparing successes with failures regarding street malls :
  4. Bunches of old rail spurs going through that area. Too bad they couldn't be utilized with the street car once that gets upgraded. At the least, turn the spurs into bike trails.
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    Jonas Federal Courthouse Renovation

    Ha! great memories of sitting in the car waiting on my dad to get the mail while watching the antics across the street at that old hotel. But, also, I miss all the brass and the smell of that old post office.
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    Jonas Federal Courthouse Renovation

    Funny you say that.... As it commemorates a local who fought in The Spanish American War, I wondered out loud to a coworker recently that it too might be up for correction if it offends Latinos in some way. Am I being offensive with this question?
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    Is that steel I'm seeing rise now?
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    The politicians who pushed this through are ahead of you with their investments. It's an old game. I finally watched Ken Burn's documentary on "The West" this week. In the last episode there's a story about how Mulhollen was pushed to get the LA aquifer built through and into land owned by the mayor and other politicians at the time. The Garden Parkway in Gaston County was set up like this, with Pittenger representing a "consortium" of politicians who bought up land all along the route. The only swamp that ever gets drained is the sensitive wetlands that are home to myriad creatures we ought to be protecting.
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    Charlotte Weather

    And another one right behind...
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    Charlotte area "ring cities"

    Wonderful news and information! Thanks!.. An early explorer, John Lawson, reported a "25 mile" diameter field just south of present day Salisbury. Yes, the Woodland Indians burned but we also has some animals that elk and buffalo that helped perpetuate them. It would've been really cool to have seen this land before we Euros arrived. We just can't industrialize fast enough, can we.
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    History of Charlotte

    HA! Tell Sam that "A" from Lake Norman is still looking for him out on the water.
  12. Windsurfer

    Charlotte Greenway Trails

    I know it' s not exactly a greenway, but I've often wondered, while sitting on Independence Blvd and staring at the empty bus lanes in the middle, why can't we put ramps at all the overpasses and allow bikes to use that space?
  13. Windsurfer

    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Thanks for mentioning the death of the canals due to rail. That's exactly what happened. Pretty cool field trip if you guys ever want to get out into the bush : there's a portion of one of the canals dug and lined by carved rocks by slaves in the 1840's still visible near Union S.C. When my dad retired about 20 years ago he went around N and SC documenting many of the canals and photographing what remains. I have fond memories of him dragging me through the brush while he was in his 80s. He found a self-publisher in Korea and printed up several thousand of these: and then went around to all the small town book stores peddling it. Of course he didn't need the money. Just something to do in his retirement. But, yeah the canal system was going to be quite extensive, reaching up to North Wilkesboro and upstate S.C.
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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Just a friendly reminder, Charleston is a lot busier. It's deeper and needs less dredging and most of the foreign companies I use when importing request Charleston. A nice highway would be convenient for many, but we'll probably still be required to use Charleston.
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    Learning from Other Places

    1) make it so that homes can't be transfered without a new evaluation. 2)We'll soon see rent reductions from over supply, no? 3) We could've saved quite a few historical buildings around here if we had any environmental laws with teeth. I think N.C. is at the opposite end of what you just described. Somewhere in the middle would be fine by me.