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    Jennifer, Windsurfing, Ham Radio, travel

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  1. Roads lead to development. Think about it, beltways are built through open land, and what follows? Strip malls, subdivisions and on an on.
  2. One thing that I've thought about through the years is, why follow interstates with these rail lines? Everyone does, and I can see why with land and easements, etc. But, wouldn't it make sense to run rail into areas where there aren't freeways already? For instance, Matthews to Charlotte, or SouthPark to downtown? Seems redundant to have a freeway and rail line together.
  3. The best decision I ever did was build our warehouse at Statesville Av and 85 about 30 years ago. I assembled about 6 different parcels that included and old defunct auto parts store, a bankrupt carpet company, and some things that had been dumped. It was all zoned I-1. It came to about 8.5 acres total, and I probably could've added more if I wanted. Directly across the street was a salvage yard. Hundreds of acres in there. And, this is but one tiny corner in Mecklenburg. At the time, I considered Lincoln and Cabarrus Cos, but, because I try to practice what I preach, we built where it now stands. We sold it last week. Before that, we refurbished what is now "Cedar Hill" building owned by Beacon. I sincerely believe that we did the right thing morally, environmentally, and economically by building where we did. Bulldozing hundreds and thousands of beautiful forests for some kind of ego-driven growth-for-the-sake of getting you town on the map is not really thinking ahead. Especially when we're trying to save the planet.
  4. Especially when we have 'mega sites' already in places like Freedom Dr. or Wilkerson Blvd.
  5. I wish we'd be just as concerned about saving mega-natural sites. How does bulldozing thousands of land contribute to Urban living, which I thought this forum would appreciate more? Quality of life matters.
  6. I remember The Charlotte Observer brought in some urban planner from the West coast to write a commentary our our fair city about this time. His chief comment was, "Might as well be Oskosh".
  7. So, just sit in traffic and not pay attention to google alternatives when there's an accident ? I77 is already a log jam now in the morning. Just a fender bender can lock it down for an hour.
  8. Say you put it on a diet, as they're doing to Statesville Ave, except for I-77, how do you get from north to south on a busy morning when there's an accident on 77? Especially since CATS doesn't see fit to build turnout lanes for bus stops. Nothing more irritating than sitting behind a bus on Statesville Ave at that choke point where there is a 'diet' just to have to wait for the driver to time his schedule right.
  9. They thought, rightfully so, that they'd get re-elected. Collins in Maine knew what was going to happen with Kavanaugh, she's just putting on a little drama in order to have her cake and eat it too.
  10. Awesome photo, but one question: Where are the people?
  11. Not really a high rise, is it.
  12. Did you make the jump? As I mentioned before, having sold auto parts for over 55 years (born and raised in an auto parts environment), I can't say enough good things about my wife's Leaf. We're living out of state now, but had it shipped to us. I probably could've driven it across the country with all the charging stations available now. You can see them real time on your display. Even shows reviews by customers. If I didn't have hobbies that took all of a Sprinter to store, I'd have one myself. NOTHING goes bad in them. Her range is 240 miles and I understand now they have Leafs with even more.
  13. "Despicable" is a very subjective word. Just look at the censorship hitting school libraries. As far as young people....high schoolers.
  14. Looks like an interesting book. I noticed one of the reviewers said, "Charleston". ;-)
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