Miesian Corners

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  1. Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    The same Crescent who gave us a gorgeous 21st Century skyscraper to hope for three years ago and now we're getting a 1970s box? That the same Crescent you're talking about?
  2. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Trust me, I completely agree. I'm in different airports every week for work. Jerry Orr's lack of maintenance at CLT has created a backlog of issues that just compounds aesthetic improvements. The new terminal will be very impressive, though. As for the blue, while I agree it's a bit much, it's sooooooooo much better than the burgundy everything it replaced.
  3. Cotswold Area Projects

    Anyone have an idea why it is taking so long to build Publix? The building has been under construction since January and still doesn't have windows. In fact, it looks almost identical today as it did in the photo above, which was taken in September. At this point, I don't see how it could be open until March or April. The interior is still a shell.
  4. SkyHouse Charlotte, Publix and Hotel/Condo Tower in 4th Ward

    I'm thinking LRT opening in March will also help.
  5. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    You obviously weren't in Terminal E in MIA. Ugh. And it smells like vomit every time I'm there. FWIW, CLT holds its own against MIA. Look no further than cost per enplanement and it all makes sense. Regardless, with nearly $1.5 billion in improvements currently underway, CLT will be a damn fine facility by the close of the decade. It's just getting through the next two years that will be a challenge.
  6. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    This is temporary signage for construction. New signs will be some of the last things to be installed when ceilings and wall and column finishes are completed.
  7. Myers Park / Eastover Projects

    Too bad it's not at the Charlotte Observer site. This is a sexy building.
  8. Amazon HQ2

    I love Seattle, but its traffic is easily as hellish as Atlanta's (maybe more so--I spent an hour and a half driving a mere 15 miles into downtown Seattle on I-5 several days in a row). "Vibrant" is only appealing if you can actually get to where you want to be. Having worked in both cities for weeks at the time this summer, the main difference (for me) is that Seattle is visually more appealing. Otherwise, spending hours in buses or cars is what residents of both do everyday getting to/from work, as the only affordable housing is in far-flung suburbs.
  9. 300 South Tryon and Kimpton Hotel

    Frankly, in an era where everything is casual (some days I think our entire culture is clad in sweatpants), I welcome a place that wants to set itself apart. I can easily wear a shirt with a collar and shoes that weren't designed to be on any sort of court or track. I'm willing to bet most people who could afford a $16 shot of bourbon could do the same.
  10. Street lights (and the lack of uniformity)

    I'd like to think so, but after my conversation this morning, I'm not confident such a study has been done. I'll put more calls into the city and see what I can find out.
  11. Street lights (and the lack of uniformity)

    I spoke to the guy who handles streetlights. At least that's what I was told. Fair enough. So how much is enough to warrant it being a significant cost savings?
  12. Street lights (and the lack of uniformity)

    All new lighting meets the AMA's recommendations. And an $8 million cost savings seems like a good thing. And the fact city employees can't give you an answer to the question as to if there's an official replacement program and if so, how it works, is a bit disconcerting (so is the lack of a uniform policy for street furniture/lighting on city rights of way). BTW, San Francisco just completed its conversion. Turns out mercury is a really bad thing.
  13. Misc. Uptown Projects/News

    Why must the city do anything in front of Wells? There are crosswalks at MLK and 3rd St. Are people really so lazy they can't walk 35 yards in either direction to cross Tryon?
  14. Street lights (and the lack of uniformity)

    Mild rant ahead. Apologies in advance. We live in a city that is headquarters to the largest electric utility company in America. Duke, of course, handles the installation and maintenance of Charlotte's street lighting. Yet here we are with no apparent standard. What gives? In the past four years, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Des Moines, Atlanta, Sacramento, Seattle, Minneapolis and St Paul. and countless other cities and towns (my rural SC hometown of 5,400 residents included ) have converted entire street grids to LED. Los Angeles alone replaced 150, 000 fixtures in 18 months and has reaped over $8 million in electricity savings in the second year after conversion. So why is it Charlotte can't move forward with hometown mega-utility Duke to save electricity and money for taxpayers? Charlotte currently replaces broken fixtures with LED lighting. That means on any given street, there could be mercury, high pressure sodium, and LED fixtures present in a single block. The lack of a uniform standard, at its most basic, makes city streets look sloppy. Add the fact there is no city-wide standard for decorative streetlights and it's even worse (see Camden Road in South End for four different styles in the two blocks between Park Ave and East Blvd). One phone call to CDOT this morning got a response of "I don't know" as to why the city isn't replacing its lighting all at once. As for decorative lighting (uptown, South End, NoDa, etc.), the person was unaware there was no standard or that they were all different. I am anything but anti-government, but at times like this, I see why so many are.
  15. Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Why? All it's saying is that Delta puts everything in one basket, while American does not.