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    Traffic Congestion and Highway Construction

    Aside from paying Cintra, wouldn't they have to reengineer things for either of those options? If both lanes are free, won't they have to be upgraded to support tractor trailers and integrated into the current two lanes rather than as a separate road with places to get on/off? Same question for moving it to one free lane one toll lane - which seems like would be more expensive vs just making them both free lanes.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    Anyone else been following the “roofietop 210” story on reddit?
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    Another bar/restaurant bites the dust D&D Uptown and Stonecrest are closing as well.
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    Another bar/restaurant bites the dust A spokesperson for Dean & Deluca's corporate office in Kansas City said the company had not expected the Phillips Place closing and that "it's becoming a legal action." Anyone know the scoop here? Seems like they would have to be pretty late/far behind on rent to have the doors locked.
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    Another bar/restaurant bites the dust

    Wu's Cajun Seafood has closed...from the announcement it sounds like Bottle Cap Group will open something else in this spot.
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    I think they were banned from r/Charlotte on reddit.
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    SouthPark neighborhood Projects

    Would they really have all of these tenants on board at this point when they haven't started with planning commission or moving dirt?
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    New Panthers Stadium in 2022?

    Retrofitting HVAC into an open air stadium would be a nightmare. Would prob require a good deal of infrastructure work to just get enough electricity to the site to power it.
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    SouthPark neighborhood Projects

    Southpark Proposed Projects City releases potential Southpark area pedestrian improvements.
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    New Panthers Stadium in 2022?

    Atlanta built the football stadium, Cobb County built the baseball stadium.
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    Possibility of a New Panthers Stadium

    There is a 2nd thread in the Coffee House that a lot of this discussion should be moved to.
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    Possibility of a New Panthers Stadium

    Would that even be possible on the current site? Seems like the footprint is already pretty close to the surrounding roads. And retrofitting HVAC into it would be a nightmare. Not to mention the infrastructure upgrades needed to power those systems.
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    Carolina Panthers

    I wouldn't be surprised to see the new owners build a new training/practice facility outside of town - complete with a state of the art indoor practice field. We'll be playing indoors on Sunday, but our guys have been out practicing in freezing temps all week.
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    Carolina Panthers

    Qualities that make a city a 'great place to live' are often different from those making it a 'great place to visit'. I think a dome is the right way to go IF taxpayer funds are used, but I don't have the misconception that we'll become repeat hosts to big events like the Super Bowl or Final Four the same way New Orleans is. I do think that a Charlotte dome could host plenty of regional events that would draw people and $$ into uptown Charlotte. Per wikipedia: "In its 25-year lifespan, the Georgia Dome hosted over 1,400 events attended by over 37 million people." A few thoughts on that: Only 5 of those 1400 events were Final Fours (3) or Super Bowls (2). Approximately 250 of them were Falcons games (2 preseason + 8 reg season per year...add a few more for the handful of playoff games they hosted). Of the other ~1100 events: some packed hotel rooms with out of town visitors (Peach Bowl, SEC Football Championship, SEC/ACC Basketball Tournaments) but most drew from people within a few hours drive of the building (concerts, Wrestlemania, evangelical events, high school football playoff finals). 1400 events over 25 years is an average of 56 events a year. The Panthers outdoor stadium is used less than 15 times a year. If the taxpayers pony up the money for this they need to let someone like Center City Partners have full access to rent the building out when it isn't being used for NFL games. Some would gripe about the current arrangement where Charlotte only gets 5? events per year in BofA Stadium- but there have been years where they have struggled to use all of those dates. Weather and wear and tear on the natural grass are big limiting factors on the types and dates of events that can be booked in an outdoor stadium.
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    Carolina Panthers

    New Orleans is the exception and not the rule - They have unique culture, good weather, good food, and the French Quarter. Would the NFL Super Bowl committee really be clamoring to return to Charlotte to eat at Morton's and go to the Epicenter?