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  1. Yesterday it was very hard to find seating at lunch. I noticed most of the tables were taken up by people working, meeting, etc. rather than eating food. I think they will need more
  2. This place would absolutely crush it uptown. I'm shocked at how slow chains like this have been to move into Uptown. Chopt and Chipotle, which are supposedly on the way, are going to be absolutely slammed
  3. It really has been neglected and yet has so much potential. It’s a shame so many great, small restaurant concepts are going to Tompkins Hall when Latta could have those in the middle of uptown. It needs to be made just a little bit nicer and opened up on the evening and weekends, and it could be a real destination.
  4. The Agenda has had a hugely positive impact on the city of Charlotte in my opinion. I also agree with others pointing out how important location is - if you put Golden Cow in the Jenni’s location it would be killing it as well. Hopefully some local brands will get the confidence to pay up for the top locations.
  5. Any idea why the Chik Fil A express closed? That would do incredibly well in that spot today.
  6. The city should be doubling and tripling down on the rail trail - its the best thing I've seen the city do and still could be so much better
  7. Great stuff Kermit and I largely agree - if you build roads, people are going to use them but if you take them away people will adjust. The rail trail is now one of the best and most unique assets we have in the city and we should do everything we can to expand and improve that. Also this aligns nicely with long-term trends that are just beginning now and are only heading in one direction - driverless cars, ride sharing, scooters, etc. It seems like a no brainer for the city to plan for and begin to embrace those instead of building more huge parking decks...
  8. Charlotte really should be doubling and then tripling down on the success of the rail trail - it has all the pieces in place to be something really special
  9. Other than rush hour and lunch on weekdays they are mostly empty - my office window looks out at one of the two streets we're discussing and it's a simple fact. I think some simple rules around usage would solve a lot of the potential issues - "people walking have the right of way, if you're on a scooter and you run into someone walking it's your fault, etc.". People are going to keep riding these on the sidewalks so we might as well create rules that deal with reality rather than trying to change it.
  10. The sidewalk ban should have only included Tryon - other sidewalks uptown are usually empty, including Church and College
  11. This doesn't pass the sniff test for me either and their reviews from current and former employees don't help. I don't have proof but I'd bet that this ends poorly. This is from Glassdoor for example: "This company is one massive hoax without a real product. Founders are dishonest and will cheat you of stock and salary on top of trying to humiliate you with inappropriate jokes and comments. They’re not interested in talent, they’re interested in hiring individuals who will do whatever they ask. Turnover is insane.I’m pretty sure certain things they do are illegal.This is the Theranos of Charlotte."
  12. If the parking lots and decks went away the land would be used for something else that can generate revenue - housing, office space, retail, etc. This is a massive positive change for Charlotte and all other cities
  13. Charlotte, and most cities in general, don't have great track records spending $ on big projects like this and if they make sense financially someone will probably do it anyways. The city needs to focus on laying the groundwork for organic development to occur - parks, transportation, ease of business, homelessness, etc. - and then get out of the way
  14. Yes this is a way better idea than an aquarium. Think about all of the organic development happening around Bearden Park now - it’s a thriving area because the city built a nice outdoor space. An aquarium would likely end up like the NASCAR HOF - a terrible investment of tax payer dollars that doesn’t improve the city’s street scape at all.
  15. Thanks - helpful to know the details of the bed tax and that does change my opinion if it has to be spent on something. I walked all around the convention center recently and I'm probably just a bit grumpy about how terrible the street scape is all around it - several blocks that are just a complete dead zone. It's literally a fortress surrounded by walls.
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