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    MLS in Charlotte?

    I have always loved the idea of a multi-tier league system with relegation and promotion just like the european leagues, but recently I have been wondering how we would get there from here. Given that MLS does have its monopoly, and the current owners each have a ton of skin in the game (current franchise value, club purchase price / expansion fees, stadium costs...), why would any of them agree to change the system (or buy in as an expansion team) if they might then be dropped to the minor division next year? Maybe if it had been set up as multi-tier from the beginning, but at the beginning there were only 10 teams or something. I've also been wondering if the eurpoean system approach -- in practice -- is as elegant as I've always thought in theory. It sounds like a really great approach to guaranteeing competition at every level of the sport, but then I see that only about 5 teams have won Premier League in the last 20 years, and a similar number have won Bundesliga in that time. I am guessing that the wealthiest teams (Bayern Munich, Chelsea, etc) will always be able to buy enough talent to guarantee that they are never relegated, which would mean that those wealthy clubs have their own little effective monopoly within the system, with relegation being a second-tier city concern.
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    Metropolitan, Midtown Redevelopment

    Yeah, and there's a decent amount of street parking nearby, too.
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    Myers Park / Eastover Projects

    Definitely looks like Cherokee and Laurel. That's a great location. Is this the project that everyone was worried might take out The Manor, Laurel Market, etc?
  4. Wild guess, but could the spikes represent US Navy personnel aboard ships that have Norfolk as home port?
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    Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    Simple solution: a developer that is willing to pay more than Novant. But it seems like there are two problems there. (1) As we know, Novant is land banking, and they are playing a really long game. (2) The neighborhood association fights everything. So who do we know that would be willing to come in to out-bid Novant (which is thinking speculatively about projects it might want to build in 20 or 30 years), then have the neighborhood association nit-pick the rezoning, then probably get sued by the neighborhood association after that, and to build what? Something that they could build in Plaza Midwood or South End right now, without serious opposition, where the only real risk is that people like us would complain about the paint color and lack of ground floor retail? I am not super optimistic about Elizabeth Avenue, or at least not as excited about its prospects as I was 10 years ago, but I am a little hopeful that once Novant's new garage opens at 4th and Queens, they will feel like they can let go of some of the land that they are using for surface parking on Elizabeth and 5th. Or if they are going to keep it, turn it into a temporary park, or at least pave and landscape around it so that it stops looking like first ward.
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    Polk State building at 500 West Trade

    Might not save too much in property taxes, if I am looking at the right parcel. This is from the county property assessment record: Land Value $8,400,500 Building Value $109,300 Features $76,200 Total Appraised Value $8,586,000 I dug a little further and saw that "features" is the asphalt parking lot.
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    Perception of Charlotte Nationwide

    From experience, that 23 mpg and the 10 speed automatic transmission really makes a huge difference when you're driving from the Ritz-Carlton to the Spectrum Center.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    ^check out episode 31, starting at 9:00 https://soundcloud.com/american-airlines-internal-news
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    It was removed, but will return at the new location next year.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I added arrows pointing to the (possibly imaginary) screws. I recognize that I might be be very wrong, though.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    They do look temporary. Zoom in and you can see screws or nails along the bottom. If that was the intended look, I am sure that they would have spaced the screws more evenly.
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    Elizabeth Projects (7th St, Elizabeth Ave, etc)

    Driving by this morning, I noticed that a demo crew was taking this one down.
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    Charlotte Bike / Scooter Sharing

    Sunday morning? We saw a kid joy riding up and down Tryon then. First noticed him around 3rd street, then again an hour later at 6th where he ignored a stoplight and got hit. The boy was lucky to walk away from it. Because the construction fencing by the Carolina Theatre blocked her view, the driver had half a second to react and slam the brakes.
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    Charlotte economy...

    And I heard that the other half moved to Raleigh.
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    Charlotte Bike / Scooter Sharing

    So maybe they did not work as closely with the city as they said. From Hawaii News Now: Police still holding dozens of company's scooters seized after botched rollout http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38210117/police-still-holding-dozens-of-companys-scooters-seized-after-botched-rollout