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  1. Mine might seem like a stupid question, but I am no longer in my 20s-30s; I very seldom, if ever, venture in and around Uptown CLT. I first became familiar with the CLT region in 2008, and at the time, it reminded me a lot of Queens. What do I mean? Outside of a few districts, Queens is (was) often regarded as a "place with density; an area that - outside of a couple of distinct districts - it's a place that lacks distinction and, to a lesser extent, cohesion. There are parts, for example, that have generic mid rise apartment buildings, but the complaint most often heard about Queens
  2. The above article, in my view, makes a specious argument, which ignores all other sources of revenue. I have yet to find out how much revenue SC gets from the federal government, yet here's an interesting blurb: "The chart below shows the shares of state fuel taxes and vehicle fees diverted to non-highway uses. South Carolina, for example, diverts 31 percent. " https://www.cato.org/blog/highways-gas-tax-diversions
  3. Per the source material: "“Only 4 cents out of the 16 cents in gas tax returns to Greenville County.” This is false. The numbers do not lie, but the opposition does. From 2002 until 2011, drivers bought 2.2 billion gallons of gasoline in Greenville County, and paid $353 million in taxes on that gas. Greenville County received $567 million in funded road projects from the Department of Transportation. We actually received 27 cents in projects for every 16 cents in gas tax Greenville County sent to Columbia. This rumor is rooted in the fact that 4 cents of the 16-cent gasoline tax is de
  4. Great points, all around. I agree that selling a new tax to residents, via a referendum, would be a hard sell - nor do I fault residents for being leery over the fact that funds might not be properly appropriated. Had I not lived in York Co for a few years, I would not have seen the results of their "penny's with progress" program. That said, I don't think that inaction is a reasonable alternative. And as much as this might seem incendiary, the truth of the matter is that the SC DOT isn't doing the job that it's supposed to be doing. The question is why? Insufficient funding? In
  5. *** To anyone interested, check out York Co's "Penny's For Progress" website: https://www.penniesforprogress.net/ *** York County's tax structure isn't any different than Greenville's. There might be a way to restructure the system locally, in a way that uses funds more efficiently.
  6. York County's Penny's For Progress program adds a one percent surcharge, to the local sales tax that's levied, and it is *only* used on roads. What you're saying, is the idea that was floated here, was very different than York Co's program?
  7. Thank you very much, for your edifying reply. So...locally, Greenville City has it's hand in planning, while the County and State, not so much. Do you know if there's any local motivation to rehabilitate the system? Is there anyone, locally, who might be interested in taking a look at York County's "Penny's For Progress" program? I lived in York Co for a few years, and the County deserves recognition for the job that they've done. For while the system can't make up for the deficits that take place at the State level, the County roads are miles ahead, of the roads here. D
  8. Many of the roads that traverse the Eastside, and in and around Greer, feature two lanes, on top of which are developments with some density. I would have loved to see an alignment of roads, and if not that, it would be great if the City/County/State mandated that the roads that serve new developments, feature right and left hand turning lanes. At the very least, it would keep traffic moving (to some extent). Currently, when a motorist seeks to make a left turn, the only travel lane gets cut off from use. This could be a problem for emergency vehicles. York Co has made good use of
  9. I am not challenging what you both wrote, but sincerely ask: are Greenville County's taxes that much lower than York County's?
  10. That's a fair point - and given that Greenville is the principal city in our region, shouldn't all the more attention be paid to her? And why is York County ahead of Greenville, when it comes to her infrastructure (not that York County is *the* model of excellence, in the area of planning). *** Unfortunately, when people hear the concern that I raise over our infrastructure, it's seen as complaining on my part. I assure everyone, I am not complaining; why is the system not "fine tuned," and what can be done to improve it? Have our local reps not pressed the SC DOT for addit
  11. We relocated to Greenville from the Charlotte area, and while I like Greenville, and while I see and appreciate the area's advantages, I have a HUGE problem with the way in which infrastructure planning/execution is handled. What specifically? When looking at her peers, namely Rock Hill, the Greenville area falls far behind, with respect to roads, planning, signage, and lighting. For as much as York County itself is lacking, the County has comprehensive plans, at both the micro and macro level. Conversely, the Greenville area does have comprehensive plans in place, but only for s
  12. The Charlotte approach: spend tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements, and six months after the whole thing is built out, start bemoaning the fact that there are no bike lanes. I am not being snarky, but where should the truck load/unload?
  13. I hate to say it, but the routing of your River District leg is far, far, superior to the current Silver Line routing. Heck; imagine if the line could stop at the Outlet center as well; this would give Millenials in South End, UNC students, etc., rail access to what could be a major shopping and employment district to/for them. *** As someone who loves his (personal vehicle) truck, I can't help but acknowledge the fact that society is trending towards alternative forms of transportation. The City really dropped the ball in routing the Silver Line, and I can't help but feel that a m
  14. Exactly, and I can't help but feel that the whole thing is nuts. Everyone's clamoring for a line through Ballantyne, yet the City has shown no interest in incorporating rail into an integral part of the next Ballantyne, which is the River District. Everyone wants for Charlotte to be her own city, to the extent that her attachment with NC as an identifying mark, will no longer be necessary. Imagine if the River District planners took advantage of both their clean slate, and the natural water feature of the area, and created a development that fully incorporated light rail from the ge
  15. *** I find absolutely amazing the widespread support for light rail into Ballantyne. Meanwhile, the City sees rapid bus service into the yet-unbuilt River District as a satisfactory alternative to light rail. Amazing. We should throw our widespread support over a River District that is built around light rail access. Such a development, if done right, (coupled with unique riverfront development) would truly set Charlotte a part from other cities.
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