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  1. It's 2-3 years out of date. Missing the Residence Inn and FNB.
  2. It'll be easier for them to close. They pay no rent at TTC. They are not going to get that kind of deal at CVM. Considering the current state of retail, I believe they are running out their lease for now and probably pulling up shop in the area. Honestly, I don't think Saks is good for this market. Nordstrom does a better job for the area, matches well with the demographics, and is a better fit for CVM. I'm still not sure how Saks sees this market as viable, they even pulled out the Louis Vuitton booth in the TTC store, and that should be the biggest seller. Maybe something is up, but honestly, they are just idling at the moment.
  3. It also reasserts that Epic is committed to the area. I am intrigued to see how it is developed because the other buildings in that area were somewhat excited for the redevelopment prior to the purchase.
  4. So, Driven Brands is filing for an IPO that could be upwards of $700m. It will still be mostly owned by Roark Capital, but this could be interesting to see a new public company prestige coming to the city.
  5. Ha! Along with Tink Moore (RIP), all three were integral in my Geography degree and Urban Studies minor. They played massive roles in my life and development as an urban planner.
  6. Dr. Graves in the Geography Dept. at UNC Charlotte has a fascinating grasp of Charlotte's history and geographic site and situation that eventually played into the city growing. IIRC, while at its inception having poor navigable waterways hindered the state and the city, it ended up playing in our favor through train and truck routes between the major ports, and across the Appalachian. It also helped that these waterways went on to help spur the manufacturing industry that made the Charlotte to Greensboro corridor so massive...especially in textiles. That played favorably as the city began to densify and modernize. And then you have Glass-Steagall and the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking Act that really pushed Nationsbank and Wachovia to be what they were. And if you really look into it, geography played a part in those developments too. So it was almost like the city took a bet on its entire existence and geography, and rather than look at its present state in the 1700s, it saw moments in history that it took advantage of to be the city it is today.
  7. From what I understand, Detroit is still a moderately sized hub, mainly for the auto industry, but also because of the very large Middle Eastern communities around the city. As long as the auto industry is healthy, Detroit will still be a busy airport, just not a major (40m) passenger hub.
  8. Not to start a speculation fantasy -- but this would be huge. I didn't know the logistics part had a presence in Charlotte. This is a $16b company splitting in two, so one can assume both would be F500. Gaining that would be massive for the area. I still think Charlotte has a chance to take on a role as a Logistics Hub. We did it with banking, finance, and energy. Why not this?
  9. Not to call you out specifically, but I just don't understand the desire to have all this wealth in the City. More billionaires doesn't necessarily equate with a better, more livable city. Having the most headquarters doesn't either. Having hyper-luxury retail doesn't as well. There should be balance. And honestly, Charlotte already punches above its weight nationally and globally. And it's clear that City leaders are trying to work on what already exists and letting that do the attracting to companies and people to the City. Let's continue to grow our startups and invest in our colleges and their research to help grow our venture capital economy.
  10. But, if I recall, isn't the hotel a separate project and developer? So, really that would be if they had the same contractor. Not sure if that plays a factor in this project or not.
  11. I'll also be there in December for the Holidays. I'll make sure to take photos and do a walk around. Know a couple business owners down there.
  12. This is what is even more impressive. NC has a moderately-sized, fast-growing port in Wilmington, and they continue to support its aggressive expansion. But we are in such a good climate without a major port. Once Wilmington crosses the line to a large port, who knows what benefits this state will see. I do know that one of the advantages of the port is the ability to quickly off-load and transport goods. With a state as interconnected as NC, that is bound to pay off in spades.
  13. Please tell me there will be windows on this side. If not...whoever approved this needs to be fired.
  14. Let's hope you are right. FCB is controlled by the Holding family, including retiring Republican House Rep. George Holding. In the past, the bank has truly just wanted to exist for the upper crust, and shirked away from a lot of retail banking. I believe that is changing, and I believe they are seeing that being where tech and development are happening is going to be key moving forward.
  15. @RALNATIVE and @carolina1792 are both correct. In 1992 FCB was planning to design a 30-story tower now where PNC is located, but they backed off the plan for unknown reasons. This was at the height of downtown not being open to pedestrians, so I am sure that played a part. The rendering was this gorgeous tower of stone that had columns at the top. I'll see if I can find it. That being said, I think I prefer PNC to their proposal only because PNC incorporates so many uses. And then when North Hills started taking off, there was talk of the bank taking the lots behind the round building on Six Forks and building a campus there. They even demolished the houses that abutted the property. Eventually that went nowhere and they moved a lot of their growing operations to the former BTI Building that now has their logo. They own three buildings right there -- the white one on Rowan, the round building, and the taller building. I doubt they will want to go downtown. It's not their target market, both in terms of land and image. North Hills is their market. They like the demographics and money that are in the NH area. In downtown, they would be the fourth most visible bank there...so, it doesn't make sense, even with the BOA building at NH. Then again, I could be wrong, and I would love to be wrong.
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