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  1. That was my experience last summer at PHX, too.
  2. I have no information, other than I spotted a deed from King's to Zalecki Family Limited Partnership that was recorded back in January. Last time I walked by, there was a sign in front of one of the buildings on Lamar Av that advertised office space for rent.
  3. Something that I did not know until recently is that the truck lane restrictions in N.C. do not apply to every vehicle that most of us would consider a "truck". They're for 3+ axles with gross weight ratings of at least 26,000 pounds. That would include the typical 18 wheeler, but not a big box truck, or most pickups towing cargo trailers or campers. If you see something that does look like a violation, please call *HP to report it (if you can). Those lane restrictions are there for your safety (and that truck driver's safety too). Those huge trucks have massive right-side blind spots. The couple of seconds they save by scooting over to the left lane are not worth the risk that they crush a driver that pops into their blind spot when they slide back to the right.
  4. Also at CPCC, I am pretty sure that they re-opened the garage at 7th and Charlottetowne, just in time for them to fence off the big surface lot on 7th between the garage and Kings.
  5. Since it says that you live in Elizabeth, I am guessing that your interest is in the City of Charlotte Historic District Commission designated type of historic district, rather than the National Register Neighborhood type. And I am also guessing that your interest might have something to do with the letter to the editor in the recent ECA newsletter that was in favor of an Elizabeth historic district. I am trying not to go on a rant, but I lived in a Charlotte city-designated historic district for 10 years. At first, I was really quite excited about the idea of living in one of our protected historic neighborhoods. But over time I started to realize how little protection the city historic district commission really provides. And at the same time, I started to feel HDC rules were painful, silly, and irrelevant with respect to actual preservation. At the end of that period, when we decided that we had outgrown our little house, we decided that our new house would absolutely NOT be in any city historic district. Ten years out, I am still very happy with that decision. Obviously, significant time has passed since I have had any direct experience with the HDC, and you would be wise to discount my opinion accordingly. I saw that Martha Washington was mentioned at least twice in that letter to the editor. Before anyone gets too excited about what historic district designation would have done or not done there, my back-in-the-day experience was that the underlying zoning ruled the day and tied the hands of the HDC. I encourage you to ask some serious questions from someone legitimately in-the-know about how that project would be different if it were in a city HD. Because Martha Washington -- and quite a lot of Elizabeth, honestly -- is zoned R-22MF, and it will still be R-22MF if it's in an historic district.
  6. As long as the appraisal process is fair, I would not say that the property tax is very regressive, or at least not systematically regressive (like a 10% sales tax on groceries would be). However, it totally does have the potential to hurt specific homeowners in areas where land values are rapidly increasing, and their stories can be heartbreaking. I don't know what to do about it, except to be thankful that Mecklenburg and Charlotte do not rely exclusively on property taxes. I don't think you need to lose sleep about your 2011-18 taxes. After any of these appraisals -- the big scheduled ones, and the mid-cycle ones they do after significant changes have been made to a property -- there's a window of time during which one can appeal. But I think it is just a few months, if that. And in any case, you'd be arguing that their value as of Jan 1, 2011 was too high because a year later you paid less than that amount for the property. I'm pretty sure that argument would not win. That said, if you did appeal and got the appraisal amount lowered, any taxes you paid on the difference would be refunded, plus a very small amount of interest.
  7. ^Congratulations! No cut for us -- actually a 25% increase -- but we were pleasantly surprised that the appraised value seemed reasonable this time. Eight years ago we had to do a formal appeal because the initial assessment was insanely high. We won, but I hated every minute of that process.
  8. This article reminds me of why I was a little let down by the promise of the Eastland Mall streetcar (as a resident of that area). January 2007 Charlotte Observer LAY TRACK. WAIT YEARS. RIDE - PLAN: STREETCARS TO ROLL A DECADE AFTER RAILS IN PLACE SOME PERPLEXED AS LIGHT RAIL GETS HIGHER PRIORITY In the next two years, the city will install streetcar tracks on Elizabeth Avenue, expanding urban growth beyond uptown and introducing a new type of transportation to the city. Except for this: Streetcars won't start running until 2019. The full line will open in 2023. The Metropolitan Transit Commission voted late last year to put the streetcar behind light rail to University City and commuter rail to the Lake Norman area. The unanimous decision stunned streetcar proponents from Beatties Ford Road to Johnson & Wales University to Central Avenue. Now, communities and developers who had hitched their hopes to the rails share puzzlement and frustration as they contemplate opening dates ripped from a Jetson family calendar. Without the streetcar, they wonder, what comes next?
  9. The original zoning for that block was filed in 2007, at which point the gold line was just wishful thinking. That plan appeared to give them the option of building a 12 story garage there, so I am personally glad that they opted for the much more modest 7 story version. I would take it as a fair trade off if that the new garage eliminates the need for all of that bombed-out surface parking on Elizabeth, but I doubt that dream goes anywhere.
  10. Would that be the same weekend as Speed Street? That could be interesting. So far, the Observer report hasn't explained how Charlotte was able to hold dates for the tournament when Durham was not. But it's breaking news, so maybe they'll get around to that soon.
  11. Just to make sure that we are talking about the same thing, I grabbed this image from the Mecklenburg County Polaris system. The lower part (under the dashed line triangle) is South Carolina. Above it, Charlotte / North Carolina.
  12. Except for the right side of the bus lot in that photo, pretty sure the rest of the parking lot is in S.C.
  13. ^ I think I see what you are saying. I am far more familiar with UNC Charlotte than any other campus in the area, but I have been checking others out when I can. I actually visited State and Chapel Hill on Friday. Both are great in their own way (but also disappointing is some respects). and I could not have seen 5% of either campus, but it was a thought-provoking trip and I left with the feeling that UNC Charlotte does have some things going for it, even if it's the SouthPark of the UNC system.
  14. I'd be interested in hearing more of your thoughts about this .... are there specific campuses or buildings on those campuses that you really like?
  15. I do not have any direct experience with this, but I heard or read years ago that it's based on the tax value of the property.
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