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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Except for the right side of the bus lot in that photo, pretty sure the rest of the parking lot is in S.C.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. ICT = Wichita, right? I was actually wondering recently why that not happened already.
  10. I'm pretty sure that I'm the loser here: I actually have visited airport websites to look for information before a trip. Usually, it's just a simple thing like scouting food options, although that can be really important when travelling with the family. Anyway, in my experience, the CLT website is about as good as any of them, and much better than a lot of them.
  11. I am sure that -- one day -- it will make sense to a developer to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for the air rights over the Belk, and then billions more to develop that cap. That day seems decades away to me, given the amount of un- and under-developed land in and around uptown, but I will still look forward to seeing what happens there. However, I am struggling with the idea that closing the Belk entirely will make that traffic simply disappear. Clearly, I am not the only one in that camp. But here's my question: if that's true, and reducing road capacity eliminates the traffic that was relying on a given road, why would the Belk be the place we would start? That idea has me thinking about our light rail plans. For example: rather than the contorted Silver Line path around uptown and back and forth along independence, why not just run it out 7th / Monroe Road / John St to downtown Matthews? Why not run another line out Providence?
  12. 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.
  13. Yeah, and there's a decent amount of street parking nearby, too.
  14. 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?
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