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  1. I don’t know. We found the Biltmore Ave location underwhelming as well. We walked away shaking our heads trying to figure out why people were so excited White Duck was coming to Charlotte.
  2. And the street closure notice that just went out indicates E 5th and Hawthorne will be closed until 02/21.
  3. The street closure notice went out today and the closure of the intersection of 5th and Hawthorne has been extended to 02/21 while Sunnyside is still showing 02/14... The giant power system/box for the streetcar went in behind St John’s Baptist this week - I will try to get a picture tomorrow.
  4. My family has had a membership to Discovery Place Science off and on for 9 years and we have visited the museum countless times with children of all ages. I understand wanting to decrease the footprint but I hope at the same time a lot of thought is put into a functional layout for families with small children. The more floors the more elevators needed to move hundreds of strollers up and down through the museum. I found it miserable when attending with my 3 kids parking on the top floor of the deck to take an elevator down only to have to take yet another elevator up to explore the second floor, and doing all of that over again when it was time to leave. My kids are old enough now these kinds of hiccups aren’t a problem for me but this is the kind of thing that can turn people off from visiting a second time. And anecdotally out of my 2 kids in CMS only 1 has attended 1 field trip to DP. Maybe it is kids from outside of CMS pumping up the attendance, which is great.
  5. Yes it used to be the BofA corporate daycare and DP bought it when BofA decided to stop offering this benefit to Charlotte employees and uses it for science/education classes for educators as you mentioned.
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    Ballantyne

    Have you been to Perimeter Mall? Their stores tend more toward upscale in comparison to CP with options like Apple, Lulu, and Brooks Brothers and the interior designs are drastically different. As a shopper it just feels like a very different experience. People from the north side of Atlanta head to Perimeter for a day of shopping and dining. I struggle to imagine people saying the same thing about Ballantyne today if they don’t live in the immediate area. Plus Perimeter has a MARTA stop out the back door and many, many shoppers ride that in from other parts ( mainly south) of the city.
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    Ballantyne

    Maybe eventually but without some big magnet like a (good) mall to bring people in from outside areas I tend to disagree. Perimeter Mall is a destination in and of itself and brings people in from all the surrounding areas outside of the normal 9-5 working hours. Other than birthday parties my kids attend at Sports Connection I have never found a reason to go to Ballantyne.
  8. Well I am heartbroken that BJ’s is closing. Living in Elizabeth I could get there in 5 minutes and shopped there more than once a week. I regularly ran into friends who live in other center city neighborhoods shopping there. While there are many one bedroom apartments in the area there are lots of single-family homes full of children within a 2 mile radius as well.
  9. Signage is up for Edge City Brewery at Meridian at the corner of Conference. I was so surprised to see it I didn’t stop for pictures
  10. We went to Devil’s Logic this weekend and I am thrilled to report they offer non-IPA options. I have found visiting breweries to be a constant disappointment over the last few years since they are all so focused on IPAs. The space is kind of bizarre, not all connected so to get to the roof top deck you have to go outside and turn a lot. But the view up on the roof top is spectacular. We will definitely go back.
  11. Per the rezoning notices at the bottom of the Ledger today someone named Rhyno Partners Coffee has filed: To allow development of the site with EDEE uses and a reduction in the required parking.” Site plan shows expansion of existing building, which is the old Sushi Guru in Plaza-Midwood.
  12. Could CATS not just pay the Here Comes the Bus app group to handle their GPS tracking? Honestly CMS provides transportation for over 100,000 kids a day and while it isn’t perfect the Here Comes the Bus app is the greatest thing that’s happened to me in a long time. I can track my kids arrival to and from school down the almost the minute. I recognize that their transportation networks aren’t exactly the same but GPS tracking doesn’t seem very hard to provide anymore.
  13. Lennar’s First Ward project from this morning
  14. Stuck in traffic in front of the new brewery today. Couldn’t get a good picture of the interior because it was so bright but grabbed a quick shot of the patio. They appear to be really far along as regards the interior, furniture like car stools is visible from the street.
  15. Walked by the old Nothing But Noodles location on Elizabeth Ave today and there were workers laying new tile on the floor. The permit on the door said it was an unfit but didn’t list a new tenant, just the construction company. Has a new tenant been signed?
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