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  1. Rufus

    Triad Business Notes

    I do think the sky isn't necessarily falling in this case. Yes, the loss of a corporate HQ is sad, but it is true that leaving behind such a substantial employment base is a good sign. Also, judging by the revenues of both the denim/non-activewear division, it still looks like a F500 company may still have an HQ in the city. I am always shocked to see how strong the Triad is as a F500 center. With Qorvo, BB&T, LabCorp, and now this new company spinoff, it looks like things are gonna be ok.
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    Triad Business Notes

    VF Leaving NC This is definitely a blow to the area, but I think it is a smart decision to have the mountainwear apparel in the Denver area. It does look like the company is being split up between Mountainwear and the other entities, so it could be a small consolation for the area. I think if you split it up in two, you still have a F500 company, but we shall see.
  3. I am 100% FOR Greensboro building big towers. But I am also 100% FOR Greensboro to build a big tower that is not going to sit 2/3 empty and devoid of positive interactions with the urban fabric. Look, downtown Greensboro really benefits from a couple of things: 1. A downtown that has not be cris-crossed by interstates. Charlotte, for all it's development boom, is still hampered to an extent by I-277. Atlanta, the "NYC" of the South to some, is still disjointed because of I-75 & I-85. Greensboro should count its blessings that an interstate did not cut through the fabric. 2. Proximity to the all-important college population. This is a massive thing that Greensboro has not jumped on, but should. There are 6 colleges, SIX (!!!), within premium distance to downtown. Think of that disposable income. Think of the recent graduates. Think of the potential for cross-collaborations and private/public partnerships. 3. An amazingly-scaled ballpark. Look at Durham, or Indy, or Charlotte, or Memphis. These ballparks are primo for nightlife, and Greensboro is getting the jump on that. 4. A really great back-bone street for nightlife: Elm Street. This is a gem of a street that really doesn't get talked about here much. Greensboro is more than welcome, in my book, to aim high. I just want them to do it smart. Greensboro to me just doesn't strike me to have a character of a city that wants a 600-foot tower. Hell, Raleigh doesn't even scratch that for me. But, Greensboro is a city with a lot of corporate power, namely because it is a gateway city to a number of manufacturing regions, urban centers, transportation nodes, colleges. Greensboro is a fantastic city. I wouldn't be here posting about it if I didn't think it had major potential. BUT...it needs some fire under its butt. And then it needs some positive traction.
  4. It's not about thinking small. It's about thinking smart. Towers require a lot of investment for a lot of return. Speculative office buildings are not going to be built above mid-rise in Greensboro, at least for the time being. You don't want to build a big tower only for it to sit there half empty. I think what the city is doing is building a critical mass of development to get people to downtown again. You have the baseball field, train station, performing arts center, university buildings, hotels. These are things that bring people downtown, gain their interest, and drive the future of development in the city. Skyscrapers are great and pretty, but they really are just that. You need vibrancy and activity and vitality to an urban center. I personally think GSO is not capitalizing enough on its "gateway" moniker and character. This is a city that sits at the convergence of three interstates, major shipping routes, and rail lines. It is a massive industrial center for North Carolina. I would love to see city leaders begin to invest in the city as not separate from the infrastructure...if that makes sense. You need to make GSO a place to stop, not drive through. There is real potential in the city to become a great urban crossroads for the state and region, and I don't think leaders recognize that importance.
  5. Why would Greensboro leaders be looking at another convention complex? It doesn't make sense, especially with the coliseum and Koury. Not to mention, Greensboro lacks the major hotel space that would help make convention centers profitable. Also, a convention center just doesn't seem like the smartest use of land. In fact, most convention centers kill street life in cities. That all being said, it does look like Greensboro is having a moment in terms of development. I personally like the scale of most of the projects: mainly mid-rise to smaller hi-rise (15 stores tops). I think that is healthy for Greensboro to achieve. Really, I think Greensboro should continue developing the corridors that reach UNCG and A&T, as well as the coliseum and Koury complexes because I think those offer the best chances at densification and true urban fabric.
  6. Rufus

    Wilmington Port News

    Two things to respond to your post: 1. An area near Southport was originally proposed as the NC International Port, but it was fiercely opposed, and the state has not done anything since. The state does own the land, but I doubt anything will be done for now. The NCIP was supposed to be NC's answer to Charleston, Savannah and Norfolk, especially with a beefed up infrastructure system. But, it was poorly thought out, and poorly planned, and the state just couldn't fight the battle with environmentalists, a large industrial land-owner, and the town of Southport. 2. I believe the Port of Wilmington was built that way because the mainland side was more swamp? I could be entirely wrong. But in some ways, it works out that way because it's more accessible to I-40.
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    Wilmington Port News

    Honestly, our ports can only do so much with our geography. Both ports have to dredge even deeper to take advantage of bigger ships, and I just don't see that happening any more than it already has. However, it is amazing that Wilmington is finally reaching a level of activity it needs to compete with the rest of the Mid-Atlantic South.
  8. Are we still bullish on the retail prospects of this project? I don't think we've discussed much of that portion lately, and just want to get a sense of how things are moving, especially with these massive parking decks. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't there supposed to be retail in some of the decks?
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    Charlotte economy...

    Where have you gotten your information? Wanting to know because I've been trying to compile a list of $1billion Companies in NC for a while now, and doing so through NASDAQ and NYSE is such a pain haha.
  10. Rufus

    Amazon HQ2

    I'm sorry, but I have to call BS on this, especially on what your Faculty supervisor says about students from UNC Charlotte being those that didn't get into the aforementioned schools you listed. That is entirely unfair to those of us who actually chose Charlotte over UNC Chapel Hill and NC State. And, honestly, I think that is lazy on your supervisor's part to understand the students they teach. There is a significant culture change needed in all of higher education, now that it's more expensive to go to college, and the federal government refuses to help out. Some of these students "gaming" the system, are doing so just to be able to get some sleep. I worked 2 jobs and attended full-time, and was eventually burned out by the time I graduated. Going to college is now a clever system of managing time and professional realities with an ever-increasing gated community of Haves vs. Have Nots. To the original posting about the city needing to invest more into the university, it's less on the city and more on the state. However, both neglect an amazing university. UNC Charlotte is a diamond in the rough. The human capital and the think-tank capacities at the university far outweigh any negatives. It would be foolish on the city and the state to continue ignoring the university, and I think we are seeing some substantial investments happening.
  11. It's not architects, really. These are basically developers posing as architects by taking the same cookie cutter design attributes that can bring the most profit, molding them to the site, and then reproducing it. Honestly, architects are smarter than this, and are not factories for design regurgitation.
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    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.
  13. Rufus

    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.