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  1. Rufus

    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    Ha! My apologies. I do see some movement within the research capacity at the university, but I do still believe Dubois has slowly become more of a hindrance to the university. Just my opinion, and no need to rehash it. That all being said, UNCC is still growing leaps and bounds, both in terms of students and infrastructure, but also in research. I think this Exponential Campaign will do a lot for the university to develop a lot in-house so that even more research dollars can be procured.
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    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    On the contrary, under Woodward the university became a doctoral granting university, upping its status as a research university. He also oversaw the creation of the CRI campus, and was influential in making sure Charlotte had a major university.
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    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    I didn't want to quote your whole post, but there were parts that I wanted to break down further too. But to your larger point, as an alum of the university, I am embarrassed by Phil Dubois and his insistence on not rocking the boat. It is obscene that this man has managed to stay at the university for as long as he has. He fought tooth and nail against football, until the student body and alums were backing him into a corner. Even with that, he still maintained an arms length to it and the athletics dept., allowing Judy Rose to drive that program (essentially one of the few revenue drivers for the university) into the proverbial ground. When it came to CSOL closing, he refused to comment on the possibility of UNCC gaining another professional school. And let's not even go to the medical school conversation, where Dubois has consistently managed to deflect and cower against the larger powers that be. It surprises me how unbalanced the BOG is to the entire UNC system. We used to have a member on it, but now we do not. In fact, more than half of the 17 campuses do NOT have a member on the BOG. Which I find entirely sad. I have nothing against UNC Chapel Hill or NC State. Both are amazing institutions, deserving of all the accolades that they receive. But, they had 100 years at least ahead of everyone else, and it shows. Charlotte, for its part, has done nothing but pump its chest in hopes of making noise, but doing nothing to actually produce any relationship to the university. I guess it makes my love for UNC Charlotte greater because I am product of the university, and I have managed to rise up in my own career. I also know what amazing work is going on at the university that remains unnoticed by others. I mean, outside of the US, the world recognizes UNC Charlotte as an Up and Coming school. It's amazing that our own backyard neglects us so.
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    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    I'm sorry but I have to combat this post. For one thing, Kansas City probably includes both UMKC, KU, and KSU in it's overall numbers since both KU and KSU are not that far from KC. Secondly, I want to point out Indy as another city to not compare to since IUPUI is essentially co-funded by the two major public research institutions in the state and include the IU health campus too. This all boils down to one major thing: STATE FUNDING. You want to know why Sacramento, Tampa and Orlando all have exceeded UNC Charlotte? Because California and Florida both shoveled money in UC Davis, USF, and UCF. All three have medical schools, burgeoning into massive research engines. If the state of North Carolina could distribute the wealth properly rather than just to UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, UNC Charlotte could gain some traction. UNC Charlotte still does a lot with essentially pennies. And again, not to challenge, but VCU has a massive medical school that has been able to gain a ton of federal research and state dollars. All of these schools all have medical schools or some sort of health sciences school associated with them. That, plus state funding, is the largest difference here.
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    Triangle Economic News

    I wonder if this bodes well for the Edison Office tower that has stalled it seems...
  6. I totally get your excitement for this project to get to 561, or even beat out Wells Fargo in W-S, but honestly, there's no need to aspire for such vanity. Greensboro is seeing so much exciting development, and none of it has ever seemed like a vanity project. I can assure you, Carroll is not concerned about the height. He's concerned about the economics. Residential might not be the best way to get this project off the ground. Who knows? None of us. But for Carroll to get the best bang for his buck, he's not aiming for height as a priority. And, until we actually see what is submitted to the city, it's safe to make assumptions, but I doubt this thing goes above 25 stories.
  7. I don't think we should stress the 561 number of this project. It was never set in stone, and that's fine. Honestly, at whatever height above 10 stories is gonna make a massive impact on Greensboro. If it's 561', great. If it's 300', great. Regardless, this is gonna be a great project for the city. 561 was just a vanity number, and I really don't think its a legit confirmed number, or one that is feasible economics for the developer. Judging from the photos, I am counting 24 floors with a decorative crown. I think it is safe to say this is at least 300'.
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    New Panthers Stadium in 2022?

    What's the potential for a Hard Rock Stadium-like project with BOA? Retain a lot of that bowl character, but also add a roof that could satisfy SB hopes?
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    Charter Square (Site One)

    Where did you hear the Element project was about to start?
  10. So...it's a no-go? Surprising...NOT
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    Downtown Projects Update

    While there are some architecture gems in Wilmington, most of them are from the turn of the century, if not much older than that. The only real modern architectural developments that look hopeful are the Water Street Development. Wilmington is amass with potential, but unfortunately, just downtown seems to have been properly developed in a way that encourages some density. Look up around the university and you see a continuous strip of bleakness. It's really unfortunate. But I think we are starting to see a shift in how Wilmington, and even some of the smaller towns around the city are beginning to develop urban cores.
  12. And is that a smaller mid-rise building on the corner of 8th & College?
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    Kane's Downtown Mixed Use Project

    I don't know about you guys, but I am slowly growing more and more impressed with this project each day. The retail mix is coming together with really interesting tenants, the one office tenant announced so far sounds super interesting, and the buildings are well-designed. This gets me excited at what this is going to look like in a few years with Union Station opening up and more warehouses attracting attention. Also, this just seems to bode well for the Smokey Hollow project. Kane really knows his markets.
  14. Funny thing is: that photo is the North Hills AC Hotel, which was developed by Kane. I'm not saying that the proposed hotel will look any different, but it will be interesting to see how they design the building to fit the "vibe" of Glenwood South. North Hills is just a bunch of glass boxes, so that could explain that hotel's design, but it's also not that bad.
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    The State of Higher Education in Charlotte

    There's a couple of factors playing into this that others have responded with, but I feel the need to repeat and add on to them. 1. UNC Charlotte is a large school, and it serves an extremely large population base. It's one of the more isolated schools in the system, and it's supposed to serve a region of 3+ million people. This also goes into this idea that universities should be more vocational, serving as a means to educate a future workforce rather than future thinkers. I'd rather not wade into that debate, if possible, but it is clear with the current BoG, that more and more universities in the UNC system will become less research focused and more vocational focused, which is a damn shame. 2. UNC Charlotte is surprisingly well reputed outside of NC, particularly in engineering, computer science, and the social sciences. The school has one of the largest percentages of international students because a lot of them are coming here to learn just these specialties. There is some amazingly world-renowned work happening at UNC Charlotte, that is going unnoticed...which leads to point #3. 3. With regards to "reputation," i.e. USNWR, et. al, Chancellor DuBois has been vocal about not sending in the data that is used to rank these schools. The university has had a historic practice in his term of not paying attention rankings, which is why the university is ranked as a National University, but with the rank of 198. Compare this to the reputation rankings that are done by high school counselors and others, and you will find they rank the school in the top 150 of the country. 4. There is a lot of good coming out of the university in terms of research. Our research expenditures still rank in the top 250 nationally, which lists medical programs separately from the main university, so that is pretty incredible. We have also seen an increase in the number of major scholarships. It was only a few years ago that we had our first Goldwater Scholar, and we have had numerous Fullbright and Marshall scholars. Also the university ranks high in terms of the number of leaders in the business world holding degrees. The CEO of Lowe's and Premier, as well as numerous CFOs and F500 leaders have graduated from the university. Now, to answer your question in comparing the university to UCLA. California funds their universities so much more than we can imagine, and even when they are having to reduce funding, they are still well-endowed. There's a reason why UC Irvine, UCSD, and UCSB all rank in the top 50 universities in the country, and produce Nobel winners and have major research programs: STATE FUNDING. North Carolina in the last decade has ripped its crown jewel of a university system apart. Democrats and Republicans have decimated a system that was once regarded as the paradigm of public education. And it is a damn shame. The only way the university is ever going to reach the expected heights is to find funding, both public and private.